Trump administration will push ahead with “cyanide bombs” for wildlife killing

The Trump administration has announced it will reauthorize the use of so-called “cyanide bombs” to kill wildlife.

The M-44s received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

That’s despite objections from animal rights organizations.

Collette Adkins, director at the Center for Biological Diversity said:

“This appalling decision leaves cyanide traps lurking in the wild to threaten people, pets and imperiled animals.
“The EPA imposed a few minor restrictions, but these deadly devices have just wreaked too much havoc to remain in use. To truly protect humans and wildlife from these poisonous contraptions, we need a nationwide ban.”

In August the EPA issued an interim decision renewing sodium cyanide registration, but this announcement reauthorizes use of the devices.

The EPA have implemented two restrictions on the devices following the review, including a 600-foot buffer around residences where M-44s cannot be applied and increasing the distance from designated public paths and roads where M-44s cannot be used from 100 feet to 300 feet.

EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Alexandra Dunn said:

“EPA appreciates the commitment from USDA to work with the agency to ensure that there are safe and effective tools for farmers and ranchers to protect livestock.
“Through our discussions, we identified new restrictions that will raise awareness and create additional buffers around where M-44s are placed, which will reduce the potential for unintended impacts on humans, pets, and other non-target animals.”

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