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Shocking revelations on 1080 from a former Horizons employee

Carol Sawyer

OLD 1080 STOCK SOLUTION, DDT, CHEMICALS GO OFF IN A SHIP TO FRANCE?!

When it’s not being sprayed round the Palmerston North Landfill, that is. What happens if the ship sinks?!

George Robinson has worked in the pest control industry all his life. When he left the Manawatu/Wanganui (Horizons) Regional Council he had a gagging order put on him, but the time period is now up.

This is the story he told me, and I first posted it in January, 2017 :

They used to use (up to 2008-2009 that he knows of) 20% 1080 stock solution and dilute it to a field solution to put it on the green-dyed carrots, for rabbits. He said they had back packs and had it running down their arms, legs, backs….. They used to find dead birds everywhere, blackbirds especially. They were told it all dissolved in water and broke down.

They were sent to conferences run by NZ Pest Management Officers’ Institute. George says “I believe it was the Food Safety Authority that policed the regulations then”. He remembers one where Charles Eason (now CEO of the Cawthron Institute, but formerly senior manager with Landcare Research and a Professor at Lincoln University) spoke and told them “three pisses and the 1080 is gone from your system”.

They had a big holding tank and the stock solution could be held for up to 7 or 8 years before it was no good, but a man from a waste removal transport company would come along and pump out the holding tank. He would take it down to the Palmerston North landfill and spread it all over the ground, driving round in a circle. George says this guy was a straight-up sort of chap who was amazed that he was given permission to do it.

There was a facility in France where some of the stuff collected went – old farm chemicals such as DDT, etc. It goes on a ship which “must be a very toxic shipload”, George said. (I have been told recently that that facility in France is no longer used… I’m not sure where it goes now – Note 29 July, 2018).

He said that at present, Horizons are using Brodificoum on pastureland amongst stock, for possum control. He said it has killed stock but that the worst thing is that it accumulates in the liver and remains in the sheeps’ livers for 36 months. He said Horizons are using the High Strength version.

He himself has a CSL (Controlled Substance Licence).

He says Horizons must be one of the biggest users of Brodificoum. He rang Affco to see if they tested and they said they did random testing, and the Ministry of Primary Industries also assured him they did random testing. He said to them ” Why don’t you test the stock from the paddocks where you use Brodificoum?” but they didn’t want to know!

He said the Ministry of Health used to police the regulations but now that duty has gone to the Ministry of Primary Industries.

He said Horizons have a whole lot of operations, all doing the same thing – killing rats and possums. He said they will be killing birds as well and that the sheep and other livestock “hoover it up”. He said the bait stations are 1.8 metres off the ground, but the deer and cattle can reach them, and the possums are messy eaters and get it all over the ground, so the sheep can get it too.

George left Horizons because he was arguing with them about their 10 year plan for Brodifacoum pest control, and says he was forced out because he was against it.

He said the Greater Wellington Council is using Brodifacoum too. They used it on Tawaiti Station (a safari hunting operation on the East Coast). It killed a few deer and as they were going to sell some, they thought they had better test them for Brodifacoum. They found so much Brodifacoum in them that they shot around 70 deer and burnt the carcasses!

Note the photo is not George Robinson.

Corporate Knighthoods … and Why You Should Boycott Talley’s Products

(Photo credit: Support Talleys Workers! FB page)

“Corporations are required by law to place the financial interests of their owners above competing interests. They are legally bound to put their bottom line ahead of everything else, even the public good” (Noam Chomsky, ‘The Corporation’).

Talleys has been in NZ’s news this week with a FB page calling for the public to boycott their products. This is in response to Talley’s attempts to destroy their own workers’ rights. Meat Workers Union members had asked 18 months ago for their existing collective contract to roll over along with a 1.5 % pay increase. Talley’s refused to sign off the Collective Employment Contract and stalled until the National government passed a new law allowing them to walk away from negotiations. 

… from the The Daily Blog NZ:

“After threatening worker rights, after trying to set up a new Union, after using hunger as a negotiating tactic that impacted 5000 children, after having the Police contact me and request blogs be taken down, Talley’s has made a complaint to Facebook to remove the ‘Boycott Talley’s’ Facebook group.” 

Talleys who bought out Affco has eight meat processing plants in the North Island of NZ  …” a major player in the meat industry with a billion dollars in revenue annually and 2800 staff…”  Talley’s launched a fight to destroy the meat workers union and  “… the demands the company put on the table would have cut workers pay, increased the working day, gut union protections, and eliminated seniority rights for staff. The company’s purpose is simple – to boost production and profits at all costs – including the lives and limbs of their workforce, as well as the environment…”

are the people who support their local communities. They perform all the voluntary functions that keep communities going and contribute to their health and vitality. When any government or company seeks to take a decent living away from families they inevitably affect whole communities.

Anyway, since Talley’s has requested FB take down the boycott Talley’s page, perhaps you’d like to go’ like’ & join it to help Talley’s workers get a fair deal. Talley’s is certainly off my menu from hereon in. The company produces for local & export markets … meat, dairy products, ice cream and frozen vegetables so it’s an international effort here, not just local.

You’ll see in the Daily Blog article, Peter Talley, joint manager of Talley’s, was knighted back in 2012 for his services to humanity … by the Queen who owns a sixth of the planet no less.

Talley’s Safety Record

“Over the last three years ACC has paid out $8 million to nearly 5000 Talley’s employees – that’s more than one injury for every worker employed by Talley’s companies. 1286 Talley’s workers were injured on the job last year alone.”See more

Profits

This is all typical behaviour for corporations because their bottom line is always profits for shareholders. This is their legal mandate … and to boot they have no legal liability for damage to people or environments. They offload those costs onto the recipients of their ‘benevolence’ and call them ‘externalities’. And by the way, your country NZ is a corporation and its CEO aka PM is also a banker with a wealth of experience at Merryl Lynch. Adds up doesn’t it?

As a FB blogger has pointed out, the people who work for these companies

It’s all about being part of the club and the corporate arm is its strong arm.

Find out more … read the Daily Blog’s full article here:

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/08/20/talleys-at-it-again-this-time-demanding-facebook-take-down-boycott-page/