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Compound 1080 is a chemical substance that is used to protect livestock and other farm-raised animals from predators like coyotes and foxes. Compound 1080, along with sodium cyanide, is deadly; in fact, one teaspoon of it can kill up to 100 people. It's particularly dangerous because it's both odorless and colorless.
The problem with using Compound 1080 as a defense tactic for livestock is that it is very harmful for domesticated and other wild animals as well. Pets have been known to discover the chemical, ingest it, and then become very sick and/or die. Because of the nature of the substance, there are few ways to identify it before it's accidentally found by the wrong animal or person.
Sign the petition asking Congress to enact H.R. 4214 — legislation that would prohibit the use of Compound 1080 as predator control.
Dear Congress member,
I am writing to express my concern over the use of Compound 1080, the substance used to protect livestock from outside predators. While the deadly chemical may in fact be useful for this purpose, it has claimed the lives of other endangered species as well as domesticated pets. Domesticated animals who roam pastures or fields are likely to come upon this odorless and colorless substance and ingest it. The chemical almost always claims the life of whoever or whatever may have come into contact with it.
We need to find better ways to keep our farm animals safe. It's simply absurd that keeping one animal safe means we have to kill another. I realize the need for population control, but the use of this harmful chemical is causing needless pain and death for other animals it was not intended for.
I urge you to enact legislation and to ensure that Compound 1080 is no longer used as a method for predator control. We need to think of the bigger picture and ensure that no animal experiences unnecessary pain or suffering.
Thank you for considering my comments.