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Important Advocacy Issue
Susan Johnson does advocacy work for the Green-Rock Audubon Society. Susan provided this important link to information from the National Audubon Society disclosing that two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise. Click on the link below to access the report from National.
Matt Anderson, director the National Audubon Society’s Climate Initiative issued a powerful statement, “Birds can’t vote. When you are looking at a bird that is looking back at you, the bird is seeing its best hope to have something done to mitigate the effects of climate change.” Action by individuals is necessary to create the political willpower for Washington to act on climate change.
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M-44 Cyanide Bombs. Newsweek Wed, Aug 21, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reauthorized the use of controversial devices known as M-44s, or "cyanide bombs," which are designed to kill certain animals for predator control purposes. The devices use a smelly bait to lure in wildlife before releasing deadly sodium cyanide into the mouth of any animal that takes a bite.
The Center for biological Diversity, CBD and other critics say that the traps "inhumanely and indiscriminately" kill thousands of animals every year, posing a danger to endangered species, domestic pets and even humans. For example, a teenage boy, Canyon Mansfield, was poisoned by one of the traps in 2017 while walking with his dog in Pocatello, Idaho, in a case that gained national attention. The dog triggered one of the traps and was killed instantly, while Mansfield was hospitalized, The Guardian reported. He eventually recovered but his family subsequently brought a lawsuit against Wildlife Services.
As part of a routine review, the EPA decided to ask the public for their views on the use of the traps earlier this year. According to an analysis conducted by the CBD and Western Environmental Law Center, more than 99.99 percent of the comments were in favor of banning the M-44s for predator control purposes.
Nevertheless, the EPA announced on Tuesday that it would reauthorize the use of the traps on an interim basis—until a final decision can be made in 2021—albeit with certain restrictions, in an attempt to address some of the criticism leveled at them.
In response to a request for comment from Newsweek, the EPA said to refer to the Interim Registration Review Decision on the registration of sodium cyanide, which can be found here .
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Here is a link to the full Newsweek Article.