The Break the Poison Chain campaign was brought to life May 2018. Its goal is to educate individuals about the harmful side-effects that using rodent poison has on the local wildlife. Unlike traps that capture, snap, or shock the rodent for an immediate solution, secured bait boxes are used to poison the rodents (rats, mice, squirrels or gophers). The poison, also referred to as anticoagulant rodenticide, causes the rodent to die slowly from internal bleeding. During this process, the rodent is weakened by the poison and moves very slowly, making it an easy-to-catch snack for any larger animal, wild or domestic. When the poisoned rodent is eaten by a larger animal, the poison moves up the food chain and puts carnivores (dogs, cats, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes and hawks) at risk of secondary poisoning. This secondary poisoning weakens the immune systems of larger animals making them more vulnerable to disease and death.
The Break the Poison Chain campaign continues to grow with the help of our supporters. Here is a list of the organizations supporting the campaign! Our goal is to get 10,000 people to pledge to stop using the anticoagulant rodenticide (rat poison) that is sickening and killing our wildlife and pets in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. If your organization would like to support the campaign please e-mail: email@example.com.