IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 2, 2019
Mr. Merkley (for himself and Mr. Booker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works
To prohibit the use of the poisons sodium fluoroacetate (known as
Compound 1080) and sodium cyanide for predator control.
This Act may be cited as the
Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2019 or
The purpose of this Act is to restrict the use of the poisons sodium fluoroacetate (known as
Compound 1080) and sodium cyanide to kill predatory animals due to the risks posed by those poisons to—
the environment; and
persons and other animals that come into accidental contact with those poisons.
Prohibition on use of certain poisons for predator control
Definition of predator control device
In this section, the term predator control device means—
a dispenser designed to propel sodium fluoroacetate or sodium cyanide when activated by an animal;
a livestock protection collar designed to release sodium fluoroacetate or sodium cyanide when punctured by an animal;
a gas cartridge or other pyrotechnic device designed to emit sodium fluoroacetate or sodium cyanide fumes when activated by an animal; and
any other means of dispensing sodium fluoroacetate or sodium cyanide, including in the form of capsules, for wildlife management or other animal control purposes.
It shall be unlawful to use sodium fluoroacetate (known as
Compound 1080) or sodium cyanide in a predator control device.
Any person that violates subsection (b) shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, imprisoned for not more than 2 years, or both.