Colwood has joined the fight to minimize the use of rat poison.
Council unanimously agreed to ban the use of anticoagulant rodenticides on Aug. 24, following the District of Saanich’s identical move in July.
“It’s a commitment that we won’t use it in our city buildings and properties,” said councillor Dean Jantzen during Monday’s council meeting.
The mayor will also write the premier to request the ban of anticoagulant rodenticides across the province.
Once consumed, the poison kills rodents through internal bleeding. As Saanich’s notice of motion in July points out, the poisoned animals can be consumed by bigger predators, including owls, hawks and eagles.
Coun. Cynthia Day pointed out during Monday’s meeting that her friend came across a dead owl in Langford. After the animal was taken to the Goldstream Nature House, the animal’s death was confirmed to be caused by ill health involving rat poison.
Council also approved city staff to work on educating Colwood residents about the harmful impacts of rat poison and the alternatives available. Colwood will use its existing advertising budget to educate the public about the harmful effects of anticoagulant rodenticides.
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