Report vindicates use of 1080 poison
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 6:04p.m.
By Emma Jolliff
Advocates of 1080 poisoning have a new weapon in their arsenal, a report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright.
She warns that without 1080, Kiwi could vanish from New Zealand's unprotected areas within a generation. While she respects the sincerity of people who oppose 1080, without it we would lose our ability to protect many of our native plants and animals.
She also says it would be much more difficult and expensive to keep bovine tuberculosis, or TB, out of our dairy herds. Aerial 1080 is used on one-eighth of the conservation estate, but opponents of the poison say its deadly effects spread much further
“It's a deadly toxin and poisonous to all species of life, and we're dropping so much into our environment each year that the uptake of non-target species is huge,” says 1080 documentary maker Clyde Graf.
He’s calling for it to be banned, but a new report by the independent commissioner for the environment assessed the pesticide for its effectiveness and safety and found more 1080 should be used, not less.
“What we did in this report was look at it, and the alternatives against what an ideal method would do and I was really surprised at how well 1080 did because I did not expect to find that, given the controversy,” says Mrs Wright.
She says without 1080, possum, rat and stoat populations will expand as far as food sources will allow.
“Kiwi on the mainland for example will be basically gone in a generation,” she says. Mrs Wright also says some native birds like the kokako have flourished because of 1080. The bird's numbers have increased eight-fold. Minister for Conservation Kate Wilkinson says the report vindicates its use.
“We don't necessarily see the need to expand the use of it but it is encouraging that the use has been applauded, if you like, by the Independent Commissioner for the Environment,” she says.
But Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne describes the report as a kick in the guts for communities.
“I don't accept the premise of this report that because we've been using it for 50 years and it hasn't worked we should use more of it,” he says, adding that he believes the government needs to invest in researching alternatives to 1080.
“I think we can develop a trapping industry in New Zealand to a greater extent than we have, I think there's the capacity of using hunters to gain the fur product,” he says.
The commissioner goes so far as to say banning 1080 would be a disaster. She says alternatives may complement its use, but not replace it.
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9/06/2011 12:46:52 p.m.
Jenny martin wrote:
Which is the better Killer.
1080 Poison Cas No 62-74-8
9/06/2011 7:16:19 a.m.
Clyde Graf wrote:
1080 Kills large numbers of deer.
Dr Charles Eason (a toxicologist for Landcare Research) estimated, on average, that 50% of deer populations are killed in aerial 1080 drops.
Dr Hugh Barr calculated - based on current land areas being aerially dropped, and on Landcare Research's estimate of the number of deer in New Zealand - that approximately 20,000 deer are being poisoned, annually, in New Zealand forests.
Given that it is illegal to poison deer with 1080, this is an animal welfare crime of huge proportions - let alone the 1000,s of native birds that are being poisoned every year.
The documentary Poisoning Paradise contains much of the scientific and evidential fact, that the use of 1080 poison is doing irreversible damage to our wildlife and ecosystems.
8/06/2011 11:55:13 p.m.
Can we draw parallels with 1080 & chemotherapy drugs, both might destroy their targets, but along with that destroy everything else in sight.
Also it would be interesting to know if some of the scientists pushing the use of 1080, have ended up with cash in their back pockets, as undoughtably have some professionals advocates of the chemotherapy drugs.
8/06/2011 11:03:20 p.m.
1080 does not kill deer and dogs dogs kill the kiwi how is going to give a gun to every tom dick and harry to kill possems? and at what cost? the fact is 1080 does not kill the kiwi.
8/06/2011 8:30:18 p.m.
Maureen Dunn wrote:
Jan Wright may be commissioner for the environment but she clearly needs to go back to school to learn some fundamentals of life. Anyone with a grain of knowledge or common sense knows 1080 poison is just that - a poison. It may kill possums but it also kills other wild life as well as desecrating the land. Possums can be controlled by trapping or shooting. There are plenty of unemployed who'd love the chance, provided it was safely organized.
8/06/2011 7:47:46 p.m.
In my view the parliamentary commissioners report is a total load of crap. I have seen this stuff in the water ways / effect bird life / kill deer to devastating proportions. The use of 1080 is a inhuman barbaric way of terminating animal life and anyone who condones such an activity needs to take a serious look at themselves in the mirror.One need to see this stuff at work first hand to understand the pain and tortuous effects it has on animals. God would not look down on this method favorably that kills very slowly from the inside out. The possum and deer tarde could be quite lucrative for the New Zealand economy if dick heads could just see past there nose.
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