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Toxic Pesticides Threaten Wildlife, Pets & You March 01, 2006 4:32 AM



Wildlife and Toxic Pesticides Just Don't Mix

Cape May Warbler (Photo: John Kormendy)A new pesticides proposal threatens our wildlife, pets, and families. 

Take action now to help us protect them...

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What's short-sighted and threatens our wildlife, pets, and families? It's a new federal proposal on toxic pesticide use, and we need your help to stop it.   

Urge federal officials to strengthen protections against synthetic lawn chemicals. Send your message now!

Synthetic lawn chemicals can harm birds and fish, along with family dogs, cats and other pets that come into contact with them. And its not just animals...synthetic lawn chemicals can leech into our groundwater, posing a human health risk. 

Outrageously, the new federal proposal overlooks many of these impacts and undermines safer practices that reduce the risk to people, pets, and wildlife.

Isn't it time we did something to clean up our lawns? Send your message now to stand up for a more balanced approach to pesticide use on America's lawns.

Americans now use 100 million pounds of pesticides in and around their homes and gardens  each year. In fact, suburban lawns and gardens receive far heavier pesticide applications per acre than most other land areas in the U.S., including agricultural areas.

The use of these chemicals causes irreversible harm to pets and wildlife. Synthetic lawn chemicals contaminate food sources, threaten reproduction, and increase the risk of deadly side effects, such as cancer.

Comments are due tomorrow (Tues. Feb. 28), so please take action now!

Lawns and landscapes can be effectively managed with the use of toxic chemicals that are harmful to our pets, children, and wildlife. We're glad we can count on the support of people like you to speak up for healthier neighborhoods and a healthier planet.


Claudia tejada Riley, National Grassroots AssociateClaudia Tejada Riley
Claudia Tejada Riley
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