“Any attack on anything, be it human or animal, is deplorable in NZ society. There’s no need for it”
Snr Sergeant Craig Dinnissen (Dunedin Police, NZ)
This week an article featured in the media about cruelty to a little miniature horse in the South Island that has since died. A loved pet, it was stabbed more than forty times by an unknown person or persons and the matter is under investigation. This event has certainly raised discussion about the disturbing trend NZers are witnessing here of the growing acceptability of cruelty to animals.
This state of affairs has been especially highlighted (or kicked off?) by NZ’s [some say unrealistic] Predator Free 2050 goal and the official granting of exception to the liberal use of the Class 1A ecotoxin 1080 poison which allows a very cruel death for both target & non target creatures. The Predator Free 2050 goal aims to eradicate all introduced species from NZ soil (although we are not officially being told all) bar of course the lucrative farming animals. Money really matters in the new corporate Kiwiland. Sentient creatures don’t.
The discussion that’s ensued following the cruel attack on & subsequent death of the little horse has centered around the horror of blatant cruelty to innocent animals. Once deemed unthinkable, it has now become acceptable for animals to die a slow torturous death by 1080 poisoning, likened by a veterinarian to two days of slow electrocution.
I remember the bygone era when animal cruelty was a definite no no. It is amazing what can change when dollars get in the way. And to seemingly boost the acceptability of the unthinkable, the proponents of the new paradigm are targeting the very young. Note in an article posted in November 2018 about a biennial critter hunt in rural NZ, a grandmother says her grandchildren…
“…take a little while to get used to killing animals, but once they get into it, they love it”.
Yes children are naturally reticent about killing because it is not in their nature to do so. Yet now they are being urged to & their efforts celebrated even. This ‘hunt’ does not appear to be a basic ‘trap some pests’ excursion. Featured are photos of dead goats, pigs, possums and a magpie. It is celebratory killing of sentient creatures. And what is with killing magpies? Since when were they pests? Unfortunately this propensity for eliminating pests does not stop with the wild animals. There is now a growing movement to eliminate cats from the environment. Well of course they too are an introduced species. Driven for one by economist Gareth Morgan who recently slammed the SPCA for speaking out about the use of 1080 & the cruel death it inflicts. Morgan it appears may have a financial interest in 1080 through his association with Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), a partnership between NEXT Foundation, and the Department of Conservation.
Further, children’s school textbooks are even stating that the cruel ecotoxin 1080 is ‘not very dangerous to humans’ totally bypassing any commentary on the cruel death it inflicts or on the difficulty in detecting it as the cause of death in humans. This picture painted of the harmlessness of 1080 is a murky one. If you die of it nobody will know a retired Doctor has told us, further adding that the MOH bullies Doctors into not testing for 1080. And stating that it targets certain animals only is blatant untruth … DoC’s own documentation confirms that.
So the Dunedin Police Sergeant in the Stuff article is condemning the cruelty to this little horse, calling it deplorable, and all the while the corporations he serves are openly promoting cruelty to animals, condemning anybody who dares to say otherwise and teaching its ‘acceptability’ to our children. Bob Kerridge who has had a long and distinguished professional career in animal welfare called this propensity towards killing animals weirdly addictive.
So our children are getting mixed messages here. Read the article from the psychology blog. The issues around that for your kids are addressed. The author, PhD Marc Bekoff comments:
“New Zealand’s war on wildlife uses youngsters to reach their shameful goal”.
Clearly from the article & feedback given, not all of Whangamomona’s residents agree with this killing event:
“…other parents agreed … and were at wit’s end because people in power were telling the kids it was perfectly okay to harm and to kill the animals and to parade around with corpses of the animals they slaughtered.”
It’s been said by more than one notable person in history that how a society treats its animals is a tell-tale sign about the state that society is in. Unfortunately NZ appears to be on a very slippery slope. Time to stand up & speak out.
NOTE: For further articles on 1080 use categories at left of the news page.
If you are new to the 1080 poisoning program, a must watch is Poisoning Paradise, the doco made by the GrafBoys (banned from screening on NZ TV, yet a 4x international award winner). Their website is tv-wild.com. Their doco is a very comprehensive overview with the independent science to illustrate the question marks that remain over the use of this poison. There are links also on our 1080 resources page to most of the groups, pages, sites etc that will provide you with further information to make your own informed decision on this matter.