Demand That the EPA Ban Notorious Bird Poison Avitrol—Act Before January 4

Avitrol is a bird poison that targets and impairs victims’ nervous systems, causing disorientation, convulsions, and a slow, painful death.

Avitrol is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Currently, the EPA is reviewing Avitrol’s registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act as part of a process that occurs only every 15 years or so. If the agency decides not to renew Avitrol’s registration, “pest”-control operators will no longer legally be able to use this hideous poison!

The EPA is accepting public comment regarding Avitrol until Monday, January 4, and your voice is urgently needed. Please follow these instructions carefully to submit a comment.

  1. Visit the comment page and be sure to begin your comment with this text: “This comment pertains to 4-aminopyridine (4-AP), Case 0015, in Docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0030, also known as Avitrol.”
  2. Make sure the rest of your comment is personalized. The reviewers give less consideration to comments that appear to be copied and pasted from another source. You can draw ideas from our bullet points below, but be sure to use your own words, and feel free to do some additional research into the topic!
  3. Click “Continue” to submit your comment.

Below are some talking points to consider for your personalized comment:

  • “Pest”-control companies often tell potential customers that Avitrol is a humane flock-dispersing agent that scares birds away from areas where they aren’t wanted. But Avitrol is acutely toxic and causes birds and other animals to suffer immensely.
  • “Nontarget” species, such as protected songbirds, often die from ingesting Avitrol, and predators such as raptors, foxes, hawks, cats, and dogs die from secondary poisoning after feeding on the dead or dying birds.
  • Wildlife pathologists have demonstrated repeatedly that protected and endangered birds, including red-tailed hawks and peregrine falcons, die as a result of ingesting the remains of pigeons and other birds poisoned with Avitrol. For these reasons, several cities have banned its use.
  • Poisoning birds does not resolve perceived problems with them. As long as areas remain attractive or accessible to birds, more will simply move in from surrounding areas to fill the newly vacant niches. However, the Avitrol Corporation, nuisance wildlife control operators, and “pest”-control companies refuse to reveal this fact to potential customers because the only thing that the use of poison guarantees is repeat business.

Once you’ve submitted your comment, please share this alert with all of your contacts. Thank you for taking action to protect birds and other animals imperiled by Avitrol!