Some issues just shouldn’t need a petition to get action
The banning or restricting the use of paraquat from the
Cayman Islands is one such issue.
The Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture stopped
offering paraquat for sale in 2009, but so far our lawmakers haven’t seen fit
to impose regulations or legislation to stop individuals from importing the
Already 32 countries across the globe have banned or
restricted the use of paraquat.
Many international organisations such as Rainforest
Alliance, Fairtrade, Forest Stewardship Council and food giants like Dole have
voluntarily banned it from their production systems.
The businesses and groups have made the decision about
paraquat because it is dangerous to humans.
Paraquat is highly acutely toxic and enters the body mainly
by swallowing, or through damaged skin, but may also be inhaled.
In the Cayman Islands it seems to be the substance of choice
for those who would kill dogs.
While the idea of killing dogs with paraquat is abhorrent,
the thought of innocent children being injured by ingesting or getting the
herbicide on his or her skin is awful.
And that’s just what the people who are baiting food with
paraquat to kill dogs are doing – they are endangering humans who may come into
contact with the bait.
There are other herbicidal alternatives for those who need
to control weeds in their lawns and gardens. Paraquat isn’t the only answer.
If our Department of Agriculture has deemed it important
enough to stop importing paraquat and selling it, then our lawmakers should
take a clue and develop legislation to address the paraquat issue.
We seriously doubt any voter is going to withhold his vote
at the next general election because our lawmakers saw the wisdom in banning or
Paraquat poisoning to dogs is nearly always fatal.
There is no antidote to paraquat poisoning in humans.