Animals of consequence

Poison planted at Calgary off-leash parks.

The poison in question is Rozol, a chlorophacinone-laced bait that causes internal bleeding and gradual death when ingested by rodents, including ground squirrels and gophers.

Of course, the slow suffering of critters killed by Rozol has been subject to controversy outside of Alberta, with animal rights groups saying it’s a cruel and lingering way to murder rodents.

But this being a prairie province, where gopher holes are deemed a serious menace to public safety and ankles, there’s been little outcry over a few ground squirrels keeling over.

But now animals of consequence are threatened — with more than 100,000 dogs living as pets in Calgary, the idea of Rover, Fido or Daisy eating a poison pellet is a ghastly prospect.


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