The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Rat Poison Is Wildlife Poison

Grant Information
Categories Environment
Location United States
Cycle Year 2019
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) Raptors Are The Solution, A Project of Earth Island Institute
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Lisa Owens viani
Phone (510) 292-5095
2150 Allston Way
Suite 460
Additional Information
Used for A grant from The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation will support out work to educate more people about the dangers of rat poison in the food web and about safer alternatives to poison. 􏰗􏰂􏰎􏰊􏰆Your support will help build capacity in our new chapters in California, Massachusetts, and Washington. We will continue large-scale public education campaigns on billboards and public transit. 􏰆􏰊􏰘􏰅􏰗 􏰜􏰛􏰄􏰬􏰄􏰛􏰇􏰅 􏰂􏰉􏰬 􏰊􏰆 􏰬􏰅􏰟􏰆􏰉􏰋􏰊􏰗􏰂􏰊􏰅 􏰊􏰘􏰂􏰊 􏰂􏰄􏰊􏰅􏰗􏰉􏰂􏰊􏰛􏰩􏰅􏰋 􏰊􏰆 􏰎􏰆􏰛􏰋􏰆􏰉 􏰞􏰂􏰉 􏰃􏰅 􏰋􏰚􏰞􏰞􏰅􏰋􏰋
Benefits Our goal is to achieve a poison-free ecosystem for raptors (birds of prey) and other wildlife and to reduce poisonings of all animals--wildlife and domestic pets as well farm animals. We have made great progress on this issue in California and seek to expand our efforts to other states. We also want to expand our educational campaigns to focus increasingly on agricultural areas where poison is used widely.
Proposal Description Raptors Are The Solution formed in 2011 after one the founders discovered Cooper's hawks dying on the street in her neighborhood. She quickly discovered that the hawks had consumed poisoned rodents (the livers of the birds were tested by UC Davis), and that this problem was widespread. Since then, we have built a strong coalition and have educated millions of people about how anticoagulant rat poisons travel through the food web, impacting wildlife and domestic animals. We have placed educational ads on all types of public transit, including train stations, subways, buses, and trolleys, as well as on freeway billboards through California. We have also placed low-cost ads in magazines and other publications. We have built strong partnerships with the ad companies, and are able to negotiate cost-effective nonprofit rates and placements.

With support from the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation, we will expand our campaign to design and produce billboards and other public education efforts, including magazines and other publications, in Massachusetts and Washington, and continue our efforts in California as well.

Our efforts benefit all animals that are at risk from these poisons in the food web--everything from barn owls to eagles, hawks, and vultures as well as bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, bears--and domestic animals like dogs and cats. Farm animals and animals like horses and pigs have also been affected by rat poison, if their stalls become contaminated with these products. Our work will benefit people in all of the communities where we place our educational material by educating them about the problem and about about safer alternatives to poison.

We will measure success by the number of views of billboards and other public ads and the numbers of readers of the publications we place in the ads in.