UPDATE – B.C. temporarily bans rodenticide sales and use to protect wildlife
On July 21, 2021, the provincial government announced it would temporarily prohibit the sales and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARS) which have devastating effects on local wildlife. The 18-month ban will allow government staff to research and review alternatives. Although there are some exemptions from the changes, the restrictions are similar to those announced in California in early 2021.
This is a HUGE win for local wildlife – as more humane alternatives to control rodents will mean less poison in the environment to potentially consume for owls, hawks, coyotes, and many more species up the food chain.
Municipal councils protect animals from poison
Amazing animal advocates, like yourself, have made a difference for wildlife in B.C.! The BC SPCA has put together resources just for municipal policy changes that you can also share widely – even with the provincial temporary ban announced July 21, 2021, local governments can still make permanent bylaw and policy changes to ensure a permanent provincial ban is achievable in the future.
Huge kudos to the progressive municipalities that have passed motions or bylaws to ban rodenticide use on all municipal properties since 2020. These include:
- District of North Vancouver
- City of North Vancouver
- District of Saanich
- District of North Saanich
- City of Port Moody
- District of Oak Bay
- City of Richmond (1-year trial for 2021)
- District of Sooke
- City of Victoria
- District of West Vancouver
- City of Colwood
- City of New Westminster
- Town of View Royal
- City of Salmon Arm
- Town of Esquimalt
- Municipality of North Cowichan
- City of Coquitlam
The following municipalities had already committed to ending the use of rodenticides on municipal property before 2020:
- District of Metchosin
- City of Nelson
- District of Highlands
If your city is not on either list, it isn’t too late to contact your local Mayor and Council about preventing the poisoning of animals in your community. Find their contact information on your council website and send them an email using the below template:
“Dear Mayor and Council,
The wide-spread use of poisons in rodent control is killing our wildlife and harming greenspaces and waterways. Municipalities can play a key role in reducing rodenticide use and educating residents on preventative and alternative control measures. The provincial temporary ban is a great start, but we need to protect our community’s wildlife indefinitely.
Taking action to address which pest control measures are used on municipal property can make a significant change and show leadership on environmental, animal welfare and public health issues in local communities. Multiple municipalities passed motions since 2020 to ban rodenticide use on all municipal properties – I am now asking you to do the same for our community.
The BC SPCA is dedicated to supporting humane pest control and has spent years developing research partnerships, setting evidence-based wildlife-friendly standards through its AnimalKind accreditation program for wildlife and pest control companies, and working with municipalities to make local change. Each community has a role in preventing the suffering of animals and this action taken by Mayor and Council will be supported by the BC SPCA, other environmental and animal organizations, and residents.“
Thanks to the thousands of supporters who sent previous emails to their councils, the BC SPCA has been able to reach out to communities where there is significant support for change and will continue to work towards reducing rodenticide use in more municipalities.
The BC SPCA is committed to supporting the transition from rodenticides to more humane pest control strategies, including accrediting AnimalKind companies, and is working with municipal staff to ensure there is a sustainable plan for their communities. Keep up to date on our work by signing up for our Action Alerts below and be the first to know about animal advocacy initiatives.
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