The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority are reviewing the approvals and registrations of anticoagulant rodenticides because of concerns on environmental safety, secondary poisonings, human health, and impacts of residues on livestock and wildlife.
Landcare Tasmania have made a submission highlighting our concern of the severe impacts of secondary poisoning from anticoagulant rodenticides on our native birds of prey who eat poisoned mice and rats. You can make your own submission for better control of these poisons too.
BirdLife Australia are also hosting a campaign calling for hardware giant Bunnings to take the harmful poisons off their shelves. You can read more about their campaign and sign their petition.
If you'd like to learn more, listen to Landcare Tasmania's CEO Peter Stronach chat with Joel Rheinburger on ABC Sundays about the far-reaching impacts of rodenticides, and what consumers can do to minimise their impact on wildlife.
"One is about 1,000 time more powerful than the other... and it is very difficult for the everyday person to know which one to pick," Peter says, speaking on the different poisons available.
"The newer poisons are made up of really harmful chemicals that go through the food chain...and affects our precious wildlife." says Peter.
Listen to the full conversation below.
If you'd like to find out more about rodenticides and their impacts on wildlife, check out some of the resources below.
- Rodenticide Program
- Rodenticide Awareness Week
- Paper analysing poison exposure on Wedge-Tailed eagles.
Our Advocacy Program: We are a committed to keeping our membership informed of relevant information and being a voice for the grassroots Landcarers.