Campaign Warns Pet Owners of Pesticide Dangers

By Sarah Klein

Lawn PesticideA new campaign has been launched by the Winnipeg Humane Society to alert the public about the dangers lawn pesticides can pose to children and pets.

Transit shelter advertisements will begin showing up featuring a girl holding her dog and the words, “Doctors say lawn and garden pesticides hurt our kids.”

“Many people know pesticides threaten children’s health but we also wanted to stress that these poisons are hazardous to our cats and dogs,” said WHS spokesperson Aileen White.

The WHS says dogs exposed to pesticides — including the common weed killer 2,4-D — are at increased risk of canine malignant lymphoma, a type of cancer.

The province has previously announced that a lawn pesticide ban will come into effect by December.

The advertising campaign is also supported by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Green Action Centre, and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.