The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 10,000 animals die each year from antifreeze poisoning. And, Haley Ham wants to do something about that.
This 11-year-old girl from Tennessee lost her two dogs, Sam and Jessie, when someone in the neighborhood gave the dogs a poisonous stew with antifreeze as the main ingredient.
Antifreeze smells and tastes sweet to pets, and a few tablespoons can kill a dog, and a couple of teaspoons can kill a cat.
Ham was incredibly distraught after losing her two best friends. But she wanted to do something to help save other animals.
She created a project about the dangers of antifreeze and wrote to officials asking for changes in legislation and created an online petition to support her cause.
Ham stated, “There’s a bittering agent, denatonium benzoate, and it can be put in for two cents a gallon, and it makes (antifreeze) taste very bad to animals and children, so they don’t eat it or drink it.”
Tennessee Senator Raymond Finney said he plans to sponsor an antifreeze bittering bill during the next legislative session.
California, Oregon, and New Mexico have successfully passed legislation requiring that a bittering agent be added to ethylene glycol antifreeze to make it unpalatable for animals and children.
In 2006, a national antifreeze bittering bill never made it into law.
Ham said, “I don’t want any other animals to have to suffer this, because it’s a very terrible death, and also for justice for Sam and Jessie.”