By Jay Bird, Riptide Correspondent
In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered rat poison companies to take their products off store shelves due to unacceptable level of poisoning in pets, wildlife, and even children.
Reckitt Benckiser, the owner of d-CON, openly defied the EPA order. In July 2012, Peet's Coffee & Tea announced that it would be bought by Johan A. Benckiser Investment Group, 10.5 percent owner of Reckitt Benckiser.
Peet's CEO Patrick O'Dea claims that Peet's cannot be held responsible for the past wrongdoings of its new parent company. But Reckitt Benckiser still sells d-CON to anybody, and d-CON still kills thousands of pets and wildlife each year. Death is caused by anticoagulation of the blood: When an animal is found, it is easy to tell cause of death as systems inside are liquified. Eating an animal that has ingested d-CON poisons the eater in the same way. This has a terrible effect on our wildlife—and they cannot of course say or do anything about this. We just see fewer owls, fewer hawks, etc., in our neighborhoods.
Raptors Are the Solution
Email Peet's CEO Patrick O'Dea and tell him why this should be stopped: firstname.lastname@example.org
* D-CON also kills hawks, vultures, skunks, foxes, cats, bobcats, pumas, coyotes, fishers, weasels, dogs, and people.