Activists step up campaign to ban paraquat
(CNS): Local campaigners who want to see the poison paraquat banned from the island will be holding a candlelight vigil to remember all the dogs in the Cayman Islands that have been poisoned by the deadly herbicide. Activists will meet at Smith Cove Saturday evening at 5-30pm when they hope to raise more awareness about the persistent problem. Almost 5,000 people are estimated to have signed a petition to ban the poison, which killed another four dogs over the Christmas and New Year break. A Facebook group has also been created to measure how much support exists for banning the importation of paraquat, which is generally used by local farmers as a weed killer.
Campaigners also plan to hold a public meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, 16th January, to discuss the way forward in having the herbicides banned in the Cayman Islands. The meeting will be held at L'Ambience Room, at L'Ambience Apartment Complex on Fairbanks Road.
The activists are also hoping to record all of the pets that have been killed, usually as a result of eating food which has been deliberately contaminated with the poison, so they can guage the true extent of the problem. They hope this information will persuade the government to ban the substance and regulate other poisons that are imported on to the island.
Paraquat, one of the worst poisons, is particularly unpleasant as it is almost always fatal once an animal has eaten food poisoned with it. There is no cure and the dogs die a slow and painful death as their respiratory systems collapse.
Although government itself no longer imports the poison, Paraquat along with many other dangerous toxins is unrestricted and anyone can import and buy the herbicide.
There are no restrictions on the importation or sale of the herbicide in the Cayman Islands, so there is nothing to prohibit individuals from bringing it into the territory.
For more details go to https://www.facebook.com/BANPARAQUATCAYMAN
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