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Environmentalists Demand Records Regarding Poison Dump on Bay Area’s Farallon Islands
Animal Legal Defense Fund
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, the Bay Area-based national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a public records request with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) for documents pertaining to the contracts made with Island Conservation, a nonprofit who has been paid millions of taxpayer dollars to dump rat poison on various islands in an effort to eradicate non-native species of rodents to protect specific bird species. The requests were made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) out of growing concern that Island Conservation may soon drop a controversial poison known as brodifacoum on the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco, perhaps executing the eradication this fall. The highly persistent poison is known to be consumed by non-targeted species, who, slowly die, and are consumed by other wildlife, resulting in the secondary poisoning of wildlife and contamination of the food chain. ALDF, along with co-petitioners Sonce Devries, a retired USFWS biologist, and Maggie Sergio, an environmental writer, suspect a mismanagement of funds and conflicts of interest between FWS and Island Conservation that would question the legitimacy of the agency contracts.

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