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Why aerial 1080 is more than a science debate (Stuff)

This is from Stuff. Surprizingly. Instead of the usual mainstream ‘bona fide justification for poisoning everything and saving our native birds’ (not) it actually acknowledges the information that campaigners for clean water and for refraining from poisoning the entire ecocide have been advocating for decades. Perhaps they’re now getting too loud to ignore.


Damon Rusden has restated the scientific case for continued use of aerial 1080 to control pests, but his argument fails to address the social side of the debate.

Underpinning the continued reliance on aerial 1080 lies the ambitious goal of turning back the clock – of eliminating every single introduced rodent, mustelid and marsupial with the aim of making New Zealand “predator free”. While there is virtually unanimous agreement that our native flora and fauna deserve protection, the feasibility and costs of returning the country to a pre-European state are often overlooked.

10080 on the Waitaha riverbed. The debate around the poison is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one.
EMMA RICHARDSON
10080 on the Waitaha riverbed. The debate around the poison is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one.

In fact, the logic behind being “predator free” requires closer examination. Is this nostalgic vision of returning the country “to what it once was” really what we need and want? Is it possible, and at what cost? If we are going to try to turn back the clock on introduced species, there needs to be consensus on how far back we want to go, and the methods of doing so need to be evaluated in more than just scientific terms.

Taking a big picture view on introduced animals may mean allocating some areas as predator free focus points, while other areas are managed with different outcomes in mind. Introduced species do have their benefits – possums yield fur, for example, and this is a valued resource on many levels. Accepting that possums are part of our national ecosystem and managing them accordingly, might therefore be a better option in some areas.

The ‘where’ and ‘why’ of 1080 also needs careful consideration. Rusden asserts that 1080 is dropped “in areas which are inaccessible by foot”. This might have been true once, but it is far from the truth today. On the West Coast, aerial 1080 is being applied to areas that are easily accessible on foot, with well-established hut and track networks.

The recent Karnbach operation is a case in point, with aerial 1080 placed in the main Waitaha riverbed and on the surrounding tracks. The supposed precision of aerial application resulted in baits submerged in the river itself. This operation, along with many others in the region, was conducted by Ospri as part of the TBFreeNZ program.

These operations have nothing to do with saving native birds or forests. Any benefits to native species are an unintended consequence of protecting the farming industry. The two goals should not be confused, or seen as one and the same.

Rusden goes on to claim that “much of the substance of the anger at 1080 seems to draw from the anti-establishment well”. In fact, there is more than anti-government sentiment at play here. There are sound ethical and animal welfare concerns surrounding 1080 use. What Rusden also fails to mention, is that the majority of aerial 1080 proponents do not live in the areas where it is being dropped.

A lot of the anger and resentment stems from a feeling of absolute powerlessness and lack of meaningful engagement with what is happening in one’s backyard. People who live in a place are often deeply passionate about it in a wholly different way to someone who comes to visit once a year. While the visitor may prize the area for its chortling flocks of tui, the family down the road obtain their water, and possibly their food, from the same block of bush. There is a fundamental difference in perspective. When the helicopters laden with poison buzz over your backyard your water supply, meat safe and recreation ground are all potential targets.

The science may be clear, but it doesn’t take into account the social, cultural or resource value associated with our ecosystems.  For those who live in these areas, the anger at this top-down approach is heartfelt and understandable. Simply writing it off as emotion or anti-government sentiment is not helpful.

Economic consequences are another consideration. The current regime of aerial 1080 drops offers little or no economic return to local communities. It would be heartening if locals were approached ahead of any drop, to identify areas that would be feasible trapping targets. Employment is a real concern in areas such as the West Coast, particularly when many of the traditional industries are being shut down. Local residents should be given the priority when it comes to pest control work.

The debate around 1080 is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one. There are cultural and economic aspects that need to be considered, alongside the goal of bringing back the birds and restoring the forests.

Everyone is keen to see flourishing ecosystems, but people must remain part of that picture.

Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/107722463/why-aerial-1080-is-more-than-a-science-debate

Photo: please advise if the excellent header image is yours & would like to be credited, or you would like me to remove it.


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There are alternatives to 1080

Well I’m blown away. Herald has published a piece about alternatives to 1080. Just on the heels of my post on mainstream media. Either there’s progress on that front, or there’s more to their agenda than meets the eye. I would have to say I get a little suspicious when MS does a turn around. However…  in the meanwhile, this is good news. It comes specifically from Hawke’s Bay Today & is a scathing commentary on a previous opinion piece about 1080.

*Norm Brown: There are alternatives to 1080 poison

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Norm Brown says dropping 1080 with no due care of the results is ‘despicable’ Photo: Hawke’s Bay Today

In reply to Mark Story’s opinion piece that claimed 1080 angst is “unhinged and ill-informed”.

You call me unhinged because I argued with Ospri about aerial spreading 1080 over tracks and river edge in the Kawekas where we take students tramping and which is used frequently by tourists and New Zealand public.

You call me unhinged when I then find out a couple of weeks later that the MoH had actually told Ospri to ground treat the area concerned. That Ospri also told me that the area would be safe and just wash the students’ shoes is even more insulting.

To say I am ill-informed when I am working to the only official regulations available by law to me, the label and the chemical data sheet, is slander and fraudulent.

To say that other anti-1080 people are ill-informed is also slanderous and fraudulent.

You are saying that the label and the chemical data sheet are false science. Are you really saying that everyone should ignore chemical labels and data sheets or do you just wish to pick on 1080?

If you are saying that the regulations are fraudulent then I suggest that you very quickly get the Government to change the EPA personnel because you have just called them incompetent and mischievous.

To be 100 per cent truthful you should be saying that anti-1080 people believe in the regulations while the pro-1080 people such as Ospri have been given dispensation not to work to the regulations.

Even then the pro-1080 people are disobeying the few restrictions placed on them when given the dispensation. There are two rules governing 1080. This is the essence of the issue. This has been stated often.

So now it comes down to who is actually ill informed, the anti-1080 people or Ospri and commentators like yourself?

When Ospri forces non-compliant applications of 1080 on the populous with no due care of the results it is despicable.

It builds the fear, anger, frustration and a genuine need to protest. Your article ridicules those affected and only adds heat to this.

To tell anti-1080 people they are using false science, when they are working to the label and data sheets (the regulations), builds the anger to contempt and accusations of fraud and corruption.

Your opinion piece has just drawn all these on to you and your paper. Integrity would require your words to be withdrawn and an apology offered to all of New Zealand for helping expose them to this horrendous deadly poison that has no antidote, has horrendous side effects on all mammals (humans are mammals) birds, insects, and plant life.

1080 breaks down at 200C, dissolves easily in water and is known to create secondary and tertiary poisoning, and in many cases leaves the carcasses to rot over many months in catchment areas (insects die if they try to eat the carcass), creating a bacterial contamination.

It is time you did some research to find what is driving the fear and anger and the frustration. It is columns like yours that are ill-founded, ill-informed and somewhat unhinged.

You say anti-1080 people create havoc with the environment, which is also slanderous.

Most of us are well aware of the environment and the protection of it. Especially when it comes to humanity.

Awareness is driven by fear that we will have more effects like thalidomide, 245T, 24D, DDT, and asbestos, to name some. These were all declared safe by the manufacturers and our own EPA and yet created social trauma. The 1080 label and EPA say 1080 is not safe.

If you get a chance, look at the photos the New Plymouth nurse took over several years of fetal defects in the Paratutu area where the Dow factory was located. I am sorry, humanity comes first.

To try to tell New Zealand that there is no alternative to 1080, is crap.

Pests are very well controlled in all farmland and It was not aerial dropping of 1080.

Alternatives are controlled and precise.

However, I would prefer the expansion of these alternatives to the short and long term results of current uncontrolled aerial spreading by people who have no credibility or ethical behavior.

* Norm Brown is a director of Mohaka Rafting on State Highway 5

SOURCE:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12129464

Header Photo: Carol Sawyer

STOP THE DROP!! BAN 1080!! (music video by Te Kuiti’s Brown Towns)

Published on Aug 19, 2018

STOP THE DROP by Brown Towns of Te Kuiti , Brother T, Brother A , Brother TK 1080 Awareness Demonstration Te Kuiti

NOTE: if any photo, video or other material is yours & I haven’t credited you please let me know. Likewise if you want it taken down. I figure by now though, most folk are eager to help in the spread of info on 1080 and don’t mind the re use of their images. Thanks.

In 1992, a NZ farmer who had not consented to a 1080 drop on his farm, lost 70 deer after a helicopter bucket ‘malfunctioned’ it was claimed

In addition this farmer found a large quantity of baits in the waterways!

From Dr Meriel Watts

“In 1992 a NZ farm lost 70 deer when an amount of 1080, claimed by contractors to be 10 kilos but calculated by the farmer to have been 71 kilos, was lost over the farm when the helicopter bucket ‘malfunctioned’. The contractor claimed this to be an accident, but the farmer counter-claimed harassment because he would not consent to a 1080 drop on his farm. The carrot bait was spread over an area 100m wide by 12-1400m long. Carrots are the usual winter feed for the deer. Of the remaining 48 hinds only two bred  the following season (there is evidence from laboratory experiments that 1080 can affect animals’ breeding cycles). The farmer maintains the conditions of the permit to drop the 1080 in the area near the farm were broken in a number of other ways apart from dropping the carrots on the wrong property:

  • the wrong bait was used (it should have been pollard)
  • proper pest destruction notices were not served
  • hunting licences were not cancelled
  • an uncovered bucket was used on the helicopter which resulted in carrots spilling out during flight, prior to the accident over the farm
  • the specified supervisor was not present
  • a large amount of bait was retrieved from waterways despite the requirement to stay away from them. “

From ‘The Poisoning of NZ’ by Dr Meriel Watts 1994 (p186-7)

RELATED:

THE STOCK DEATHS FROM 1080 POISON & HOW DOC IS HIDING THEM IN THE PAPER WORK – STILL TRUST THEM?

Please see our 1080 pages for further info & links to other independent resources on topic. Unfortunately you will not find this info in mainstream sources.

As Jonathan Eisen comments in the foreword to Dr Watts’ book, “… our ‘clean green image’ is only that: an image – propped up by the tourist and agribusiness industries, while the sad facts about our cancer epidemic and our outrageously profligate use of pesticides are ignored or suppressed”.

1080 poison bait to be dropped directly into water on Tongariro Crossing (GrafBoys)

Published on Aug 6, 2018

I have been requested to amend (which means remove) the video clip about the Medical Officer of Health permitting 1080 poison bait to be dropped directly into water around Turangi, and the Tongariro Crossing. It was loaded a couple of days ago, but I have been asked to amend it, because the MoH stated he was concerned for the safety of staff, after a name was accidentally left on the poison approval document contained in the video clip. The clip has now been removed, and is RELOADED here, with the amendment. Please share it. The question is, what about the safety of the people that drink the water around Turangi, and the Tongariro Crossing – let alone the rotting carcasses that end up polluting waterways for months after – what about the safety of the public, from the poisons that the Medical Officer of Health has approved to be aerially spread across land and water??? (The choppers have been seen spreading pre-feed bait, today) …

Keep NZ rivers poison free

 

Published on Jun 23, 2016

New Zealand Streams: The Fight to keep them 1080 Poison free! PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO! https://youtu.be/2K1Z-0F4IAg Made by The Graf Boys – Clyde & Steve Graf Email thegrafboys@xtra.co.nz Web http://www.thegrafboys.org/ Web http://www.thegrafboys.org/ Web http://www.tvwild.co.nz/

On Saturday 21st July the Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation is crossing the Ak Harbour Bridge – join them if you can Kiwis, they are marching for all of us

Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation is Crossing the Harbour Bridge this Weekend 21st July

For details on the purpose of the hikoi go to this link.
(It was postponed from the original date due to bad weather & consequently, safety concerns).

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For further updates our post above is updated from time to time (featured also, top of the news/front page) however the hikoi people’s FB page called ‘Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation’ gives all updates as they arise.

See our 1080 pages (main menu) for further info on this poisoning program that is killing more than pests.
Photos: Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation FB page

 

Should government agencies and councils inform you when they deposit 1080 poison bait directly into your water? Apparently not

From TV-Wild – “To make things worse, the Government now permits the spreading of 1080 poison bait directly into water, and without the requirement for a resource consent certificate.

So please make sure you request alternative water when your next poison drop takes place, and avoid ending up in the same boat as this community …” Clyde Graf


Please go to the TV-Wild’s website for further information on 1080 goings on, check out our 1080 pages also at the main menu, including the links to other resources. Find other articles on topic by using ‘categories’ (left of front page) or the search box. Educate & protect yourself. Your esteemed authorities are not excelling in that right now. Be fore armed.
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With the anomalies noted in Kea deaths, a serious upgrade in monitoring is required for us to see that 1080 is actually doing what DoC says it does

It is very clear we need better accounting of numbers with this poisoning programme.

As this letter by Ron Eddy in yesterday’s Otago Daily Times points out, in 2014 at the start of it’s ‘Battle for the Birds’ programme, the Dept of Conservation claimed there were only 1000 to 2000 Kea left in the wild.

To summarize the info in this letter:

  • DoC recently announce they have “no breed to release programme operating to help increase our declining Kea population”
  • DoC further announces on 28 Oct 2017 that “there are ongoing threats to wild Kea” (Bird of the Year)
  • DoC’s info reveals that “between 2008 and 2014 the government, DoC and Ospri aerial 1080 operations had poisoned 24 out of 199 monitored Kea”
  • We can never know of course how many unmonitored Kea died of 1080 poisoning in the operations (and why aren’t they testing as previously noted with Kiwi deaths to prove that 1080 is actually doing what it purports to?)
  • DoC info supporting the start of the Battle for the Birds programme in 2014 “claimed there were 1,000 to 2,000 Kea left in the wild
  • Even though the department acknowledges that the Kea population is still declining it is now claiming there are 5000 to 7000 Kea left in the wild!

 

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