The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is currently reviewing the status of anticoagulant rodenticides on the basis of concerns for worker exposure, public health and environmental safety.

Consultation period: 7 April 2020 to 3 July 2020

Key issues:

  • Products considered anticoagulant rodenticides have been prioritised for reconsideration on the basis of concerns for worker exposure, public health and environmental safety.
  • The use of these products in domestic premises, animal production facilities and food production facilities is currently allowed.
  • We have the proof that these compounds are a threat to our local native fauna, both directly and through indirect poisoning via baited, dying prey.
  • Many of our commonly-used and freely available rodenticides are banned or restricted in other countries. The APVMA is consulting with the states and territories and relevant holders regarding the registered particulars and conditions of use for anticoagulant rodenticide products.

We in the Margaret River region can make an impact on this issue by adding our voices to those of national bodies such as Birdlife Australia.

The biggest thing we can do right now is to make a submission during the public comment period which closes 3 July 2020.

IDEAS FOR YOUR SUBMISSION

This is an opportunity to make a real difference – please take a moment to make a submission.

Only a total ban on Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) will prevent secondary poisoning of owls and other wildlife.

Failing this an absolute necessity is that SGARs are removed from retail sale to the public by listing all SGARs as Schedule 7 poisons, and placing stricter requirements that baits be placed in a manner that makes them inaccessible to wildlife.

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