March 31, 2017 10:20 a.m.
Congressman Peter DeFazio has introduced a bill he says would ban the use of lethal poisons Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide for predator control efforts.
H.R.1817, the Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017 is supported by the national wildlife advocacy group Predator Defense, as well as the Humane Society.
DeFazio says he has been trying to ban the indiscriminate use of lethal devices and poisons like Compound 1080 and the chemicals used in M-44 devices for decades, even back to the time that he was a Lane County Commissioner. DeFazio says the use the deadly toxins by Wildlife Services has led to countless deaths of family pets and innocent animals and injuries to humans. He says it is only a matter of time before they kill someone. DeFazio believes the so-called “predator control” methods have been proven no more effective than non-lethal methods. He says the only difference between the two is that the lethal methods supported by the ranching industry are subsidized by American tax dollars.
Compound 1080 is a tasteless odorless and colorless poison with no antidote. Although the Environmental Protection Agency banned it in 1972, it was later reapproved for use in Livestock Protection Collars in 1985. Each of the collars has enough poison to kill six adult humans according to DeFazio.
Sodium cyanide is contained within M-44 devices, which are spring activated injectors that deliver a deadly dose of poison when pulled on. The top of the ejector is wrapped with absorbent material that has been coated with a substance that attracts canines. When the device is activated, a spring ejects the poison. The force of the ejector can spray the cyanide granules up to five feet.
DeFazio says the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services Agency regularly uses both of these poisons in the predator control programs, which are subsidized by taxpayers.
The Congressman says it’s time to “stop subsidizing ranchers’ livestock protection efforts with taxpayer dollars and end the unchecked authority of Wildlife Services once and for all”.