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OPEN LETTER TO HEALTH MINISTER REQUESTING A BAN ON PREDACIDES
Signed by more than 50 leading experts!
An open letter to the Minister of Health and Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency regarding the use of strychnine, sodium monofluoroacetate (Compound 1080), and sodium cyanide to kill wildlife in Canada.
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The Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
September 27, 2018
Dear Minister Petitpas Taylor and Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency,
We, the undersigned scientists and organizations, oppose the use of strychnine, sodium monofluoroacetate (referred to henceforth in this document by its common name Compound 1080), and sodium cyanide to kill wildlife in Canada and request that the registration of these compounds and products containing them be cancelled under the Pest Control Products Act (2002; hereafter PCPA).
These 3 chemicals are the most toxic poisons currently in use to kill wildlife in Canada. Under the PCPA, the Minister’s primary statutory objective is to prevent unacceptable risks to individuals and the environment, including harm to living organisms and biodiversity. Federal regulations and policy controlling the evaluation, distribution, use, handling, and record-keeping of these pesticides are unable to mitigate public and environmental safety hazards associated with their use.