Sentient Rights

Wild mammals now comprisie just 4% of the earth’s mammalian biomass. The rest is livestock, people, and pets (in that order). Brids of prey are swiftly disappearing from the world’s skies. Every sentient creature, whether predator or prey, is entitled to the integrity of its own nature. If we are to consider ourselves humane, humanity must endeavor to extend and preserve the sentient rights of all wild creatures.

Though barely noticeable amid the roaring flames and burning embers, a small spark of compassion appeared in California late this fall. It was the governor’s signature on AB 1788, a bill that bans the use of super toxic rodenticides.The harm caused to the state’s native wildlife by these virulent poisons has been widely documented. More than 70% of wildlife tested in California has been exposed to dangerous rodenticides, including more than 25 different species.

While there are a number of different types, the worst of these of rodenticides are second-generation anticoagulants such as brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum. The chemicals used in these deadly formulations move through the food chain, killing not just the mice and rats, but also the predators and scavengers who consume them for survival, including mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, and owls. With the passage of this much-needed legislation, four of the six most persistently toxic of these poisons are now banned throughout California.