The B.C. government is seeking public feedback on proposed changes to the province’s rodenticide regulations. Similar to the current temporary, partial ban on second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), the permanent changes being proposed fail to address a number of glaring gaps that will leave wildlife and pets at risk of rodenticide poisoning.
Birds of prey and scavengers that eat poisoned rodents continue to turn up dead; domestic cats and dogs are still being brought to veterinary clinics with serious symptoms of rodenticide poisoning, even losing their lives.
From now until June 19, 2022, animal lovers have a unique opportunity to speak up for wildlife and pets before B.C. moves forward with inadequate legislation.
Speak up for B.C. wildlife
Tell the provincial government that wildlife need stronger protections against inhumane and indiscriminate poisons. Click the link below to go to the B.C. government’s online consultation page.
Key points to consider during the public consultation period:
Tips for filling out the public consultation survey
British Columbia residents can complete the online consultation by going to the B.C. government’s consultation page and clicking the button to “Submit comments online”.
If you are unable to complete the online consultation, you can email your feedback to IPMProgram@gov.bc.ca.
Continue scrolling for more in-depth points broken down by section. Please be sure to submit constructive comments in your own words.
Complete the section with your information.
Note: If you are unable to complete this section, you may still enter your key concerns under Section 3: General Comments. Please use the suggested points below as a guide rather than copy and pasting, as unique submissions are important.
|Question||Suggested points (in your own words)|
|1. The ministry is proposing to restrict the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) to Essential Services … What is your feedback on the proposed Essential Services list?||The list is too broad and will result in continued widespread use of SGARs.|
It should be further reduced and essential services should be assessed to evaluate and prioritize prevention and alternatives to rodenticides.
For example, both rodent conflict and other wildlife activity may be present because of attractants, such as at garbage dumps or recycling facilities. This increases the probability of poisoning of non-target wildlife.
|2. What is your feedback on implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, focused on prevention and alternative control tools to rodenticides, when managing rodents?||IPM has always been required, but has not been consistently followed or enforced.|
Express your concerns about how prevention and alternatives will be enforced.
|3. What is your feedback on the proposed requirement for a site-specific IPM plan where SGARs are used?||Enforcement appears reactionary (site-specific plans would be provided to ministry inspectors upon request) rather than proactive (require all plans be submitted and reviewed).|
|4. The ministry is proposing to only allow short-term baiting if using SGARs within an IPM program. … How might the use of SGARs only for short-term baiting within an IPM program affect Essential Service operations?||It appears that compliance would be based on good faith by service owners and operators.|
Express your concerns about how compliance with 35-day limit and 120 total days per year time limit will be tracked and enforced.
|Questions 5-11||Respond as desired or proceed to Section 3.|
12. Do you have any other feedback on the proposed changes outlined in the Intentions Paper?
Respond with your main concerns and key points. Below are some additional details to consider. Please feel free to use the points below as a guide, but be sure to submit comments in your own words rather than copying and pasting.
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