Protecting Pets and Wildlife

Why a Bylaw?  To Protect Pets and Wildlife

Pets and wildlife are exposed to pesticides in many ways:

- their skin, coats, and feet absorb pesticides from grass or other plants
- they ingest pesticides when grooming and licking their coats/skin
- they eat pesticide granules, pesticide-treated plants, insects or other animals poisoned by pesticides
- they breathe pesticides in the air and drink pesticides in water

Concentrations of persistent pesticides increase in wildlife that are higher on the food chain (1). Birds
especially have been effected by pesticides - one estimate is that 67 million birds die annually in the
United States from pesticide exposure (2). Long-term exposure to pesticides also decreases bird
reproduction (3).

Phasing out the use of pesticides will protect our pets and wildlife. Natural landscaping can also provide
food and shelter - a habitat for wildlife - in our urban yards and our green spaces.

Click here to download a brochure from the Sierra Club on protecting your pet.

Click here for actions you can take to support a pesticide bylaw.

Click here for how to use natural landscaping in your yard.


1) Brewer, R. 1979. Principles of Ecology. Saunders College Publishing, Philadelphia, pp.249-258 from
Pesticide Movement Model -

2) Pimentel, D., & Acquay, H., 1992. The Environmental and Economic Costs of Pesticide Use. BioScience 42:750-760)

3) and Rao, P.S.C., Mansell, R.S., Baldwin, L.B., and Laurent, M.F.  1983. Pesticides and their behavior in soil and water. Soil Science Fact Sheer, Florida Cooperative
Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.

  Val McFarland

“I want to live in a Calgary where I know my dog can stay healthy
   when walking in the neighborhood and the parks"

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