Compound 1080 and M-44 Elimination Act

Representative Peter DeFazio, (D-OR) is expected to introduce the Compound 1080 and M-44 Elimination Act this fall. This bill would ban two deadly poisons—sodium fluoroacetate, commonly known as Compound 1080, and sodium cyanide, commonly known as M-44 devices—which are used by the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill thousands of coyotes and foxes perceived as threats to livestock each year. Banned by previous administrations, these poisons have been condemned as cruel, indiscriminate, and dangerous. Non-target victims include domestic dogs, birds of prey, and even humans. The FBI has declared both poisons as “highly toxic pesticides judged most likely to be used by terrorists or for malicious intent.”