YEA Camp Volunteer-a-Thon: Banning Rodenticide in Washington.

YEA Camp is a social justice leadership camp that trains aspiring activists to make a bigger difference on causes they care about. Over the past decade, they have trained nearly 1,000 people to get more active in their communities and to take action to make our world a better place.

I have been fortunate enough to attend YEA camp twice, and both times were truly wonderful experiences that inspire me to this day. The training, skills, and network of support given by YEA Camp are life-changing, and I'm so happy to be able to give back to them though the Volunteer-a-Thon project my mom and I are working on: trying to ban rodenticide in the state of Washinton!

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Rodenticides are poisons that people use to kill rodents, mainly rats and mice. Not only are they a cruel, inhumane way to address a booming rodent population, the damage they cause is not limited to their intended targets. The poisons kill rodents slowly, meaning that predators are able to catch and eat them, becoming poisoned as well. Even though companies claim the impact of poisons are limited to rodents, this simply isn't the case and raptors, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and more are dying too.

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We want to get this stopped, for the rodents as well as the predators. The Washington State Legislature is going on holiday until early 2020, but when they return, they will be hearing from us in the form of letters and in-person scheduled meetings. Our goal is to get one or more of them willing to sponsor legislation that will address this issue and take rodenticide off the shelves.

I want other young aspiring activists to get the same kind of training and support that I did so that they can pursue whatever cause is important to them. Your donation makes it possible for YEA Camp to say yes to aspiring activists wanting to come to camp next year. Thank you so much for your support!

Sincerely, Marley and Gail Goldman.

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