Challenging beliefs about
Pesticides in Conservation.
The facts about 1080 are frightening.
When examined in depth, compound 1080 is pure evil in every aspect, from the complicated financial trails to terror potential right down animal cruelty, driving native species to the brink of extinction, even affecting our soil & water quality.
Every year since 1957 a deadly rain of
1080 poison has been dropped from helicopters over vast areas of native bush.
Quantities of over 4000kg (and increasing) of pure 1080 in the form of cereal pellets is distributed indiscriminately to eradicate rats, stoats and possums which are blamed for the spread of Bovine TB.
How can it be O.K for the NZ Department of Conservation and other Government approved agencies to drop massive amounts of a cruel and indiscriminate toxin from the air, over vast amounts of New Zealand?
Under the animal welfare act it is illegal to kill any animal in such a manner that the animal suffers unreasonable or unnecessary pain or distress.
Body corporates that breach this law are liable for up to a $500,000 fine, and yet animals, particularly larger ones, such as deer may die an agonising death lasting up to two days, during which time, the animal will thrash about and writhe in pain, bleeding from every orifice, with its lungs bubbling up through it's mouth. In desperation it may attempt to gorge out it's own insides out with it's antlers, or bash itself against a tree and search for water, often dying in the water and being carried for kilometres, into an area thought safe from poison, and there a dog, raptor or scavenger may die also from eating part of it's toxic carcass.
What's Up DOC?
Last year, 9838 possums were killed throughout New Zealand and then checked for tuberculosis. None had the disease.
These and other figures, New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser says, raise questions over the need for TBfree New Zealand's aerial possum control programmes.
The maximum penalty for killing native NZ protected species is $100,000.00 or a year in prison, yet how many native creatures are killed by 1080 alone.
As an insecticide, 1080 kills the food source of many small birds, and can kill through secondary poisoning of native owls and falcons. The ever inquisitive kea will eat the poisoned bait mistaking it for food.
Heightened awareness that we are on the verge of many more extinctions through poisoning has inspired private and independent research, which is falling on deaf ears.
We're constantly being told 1080 poison is the best tool we have in combatting predators and BovineTuberculosis. We are told 1080 poses no risk to human health and the small amount of by kill is just the price we have to pay to kill off the predators who really endanger them. We are told 1080 is more cost effective than creating jobs for people who like to work in the bush trapping, and we are told that the parts of New Zealand that are treated with 1080 aerially are just too rugged to treat on foot.
These are the reasons we are fed year after year, and when the birds are proven to be in decline, we are told that higher doses of 1080 at more regular intervals are now required.
In 2015 the law in New Zealand was changed to recognise ALL ANIMALS AS SENTIENT BEINGS "To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress." The law in New Zealand now also bans the use of animals in cosmetic testing.
Section 30 A of the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill also clearly states that A person commits an offence if the person wilfully ill-treats a wild animal or an animal in a wild state.
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