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The stabbing & death of a little pet pony this week has raised the issue of the growing acceptability in NZ of cruelty to animals

“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.

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Deer killed by 1080 poisoning frequently rip open their stomaches, their organs explode & their eyes pop out

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.

RELATED: “NZ’S PREDATOR FREE 2050 PROGRAM .. NOT .. WELL INFORMED BY SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR CONSERVATION BEST PRACTICE” SAY TWO CONSERVATION ACADEMICS

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.

RELATED: IN 2007 AN INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL WELFARE JOURNAL PUBLISHED A RSPCA PAPER BY DR M SHERLEY DEEMING THAT: “1080 IS NOT A HUMANE POISON”

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.

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A child carries a dead magpie at the Whangamomona critter hunt :  Photo: screenshot Stuff.co.nz

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.

RELATED: THE MOST DISTURBING THING TO WATCH IS A 1080ED ANIMAL DIE … THE PLEADING IN THEIR EYES AS THEY TRY AND DRAG THEMSELVES TO SHELTER

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. 

RELATED: DEER POISONED WITH 1080 CAN EXPERIENCE EXPLODED INTERNAL ORGANS, THEY TEAR OPEN THEIR OWN STOMACHS WITH THEIR ANTLERS, BLOOD OOZES FROM EYES & NOSE & THEIR EYES POP OUT

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.

 

 

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A bungled 2009 aerial 1080 drop in Turangi killed 4 horses

A former Taupo Mayor brought this to light & is featured in another article exposing the gravy train that 1080 aerial drops are. From that article:

[Mayor] Cooper’s council has passed a resolution – six for and four against – to advocate for the abolition of aerial 1080 poisoning and to seek alternative possum eradication methods. The Westland District Council has passed a similar resolution and the mayor of Kaikoura has called for a 1080 ban, as a groundswell of opposition to the deadly poison, banned in most countries, builds.

A 1080 “gravy train” keeps the aerial drops going, Cooper claims. There is too much money being made for them to be abolished, he says, conspiratorially. He talks of closed-door deals, conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency from the agencies involved. “I think it’s a bit like something died in the back paddock and hasn’t been buried.”

Cooper points to multimillion-dollar contracts awarded to a local firm, Epro Ltd, to spread 1080 from the air. Its director and co-owner, Roger Lorigan, used to work at Environment Waikato, which issues resource consents for 1080 work, in its pest management unit. A former colleague, Kevin Christie, also has his own firm, Ecofx based in Otorohanga, which has also won big contracts.  READ MORE


Four horses die in Turangi, poisoned with 1080 in a bungled drop by Epro

stuff.co.nz

A fourth horse has died and three others remain extremely sick after what Turangi residents claim is a bungled 1080 poison aerial drop and they want someone to take responsibility.

Horse owner Noel Fox said that on November 6, 1080 poison bait was dropped over paddocks near Rangipo Prison on which he grazes 11 horses. He had been told earlier that the area was out of the drop zone.

Mr Fox said that on the day of the drop he was at the paddock to get two horses for his children to ride at pony club the next day.

An Epro worker stopped to ask if he had heard there had been an error with the 1080 drop and that poison had been dropped close to the paddock boundary.

“It was the first I heard of it,” Mr Fox said.

Epro was contracted by Environment Waikato to do the 1080 poison drop.

Mr Fox said one of the horses started showing signs of being unwell at pony club and died on Saturday, November 10. The other horse also showed signs of having eaten the 1080 poison, but was not as badly affected.

Two other horses remain ill and it is not clear if the three animals will fully recover.

Two of the sick horses were due to go into training for Polocrosse and the Pony Club Mounted Games but will now be turned out for the season.

Mr Fox said only after his horse showed symptoms of poisoning did he look on Wednesday, November 7 in the paddock and find 1080 poison pellets. “It was very upsetting for the kids.”

Three other horses in the area died, on November 8, after the same 1080 drop.

On Friday, angry horse owners met to discuss concerns about what they say is buck-passing by Epro and EW.

In a statement the group said it was “absolutely appalled” at information contained in a media release sent out by EW.

Group members said they were not well informed about the 1080 drop by Epro.

“We, the owners, would like to know the names of the persons whom Epro say they had contacted prior to the poison drop. Certainly none of the horse or land owners-administrators have been contacted.

“To blame the horse owners for their own horses dying is an absolute insult. We are lost for words for being accused of killing our own horses.”

Epro managing director Roger Lorigan said there had been a “breakdown in communication” internally among his workers.

“More communication should have been there.”

Mr Lorigan said there was a lot more to the story than had been reported and he looked forward to the EW review so Epro could “move forward”.

EW biosecurity group manager John Simmons said EW had “strict procedures in place for 1080 use and we have an extremely good record of using it safely”.

“We were in contact with some of the horse owners when the incident was first reported to us but this is the first we have heard of these additional allegations.

“We take these reports very seriously and will be inviting the horse owners to tell us about this new information so it can be included as part of the review that’s under way.

“Until we have established all the facts it would unhelpful to comment further.”

SOURCE

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/131777/Fourth-horse-dies-after-poison-drop?fbclid=IwAR0yaKU96bL9CS3SWRW72kTyfdU34UMoT2iCa5-OSWQqNAwL5yqC8LqSooo

Photo: Clyde Graf, video screenshot (note: not a horse from the article)

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.

If you are pro poisoning of the environment, EnvirowatchRangitikei is not the place to espouse your opinions. Mainstream would be the place to air those. This is a venue for sharing the independent science you won’t of course find there.

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The SPCA’s been roundly censured for daring to suggest that death by 1080 is inhumane

Recently the SPCA (finally) spoke out about the animal cruelty associated with 1080 poisoning of NZ’s creatures, calling for a look into alternatives. If ever a death was cruel it was death by 1080. It has been likened by a veterinarian to two days worth of slow electrocution. (Search Youtube for video evidence of this. Not for the faint hearted).

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Death by 1080’s been likened by a vet to two days of electrocution

Our authorities have tweaked the Animal Welfare Act to allow this. Just like they changed the Resource Management Act to allow them to drop this same ecotoxin with no antidote into any sized body of water totally disregarding the data sheets which say not to. A convenient ‘solution’ to those glitches in the wholesale poisoning of more than just pests (as we’re led to believe).

Anyway, the SPCA has been roundly censured for daring to suggest a two day agonizing death is reason enough to look into alternatives, assisted predictably, by an economist. To the discerning among us that’s surely an uncomfortable mix?  An economist? Commenting on animal cruelty?

But then 1080 is very much about money & economies. And gravy trains. In NZ it is anyway. Economists are really enthused about conservation & the much touted ‘sustainable development’ lie. I say ‘lie’ because since the inception of the ‘sustainable’ idea (early ’90s) I’ve seen very little that you could call sustainable except of course the profits accumulating in the banks of its proponents. On the other hand, child poverty is up, suicide’s up, debt’s up, pollution is exponentially up and on it goes. So after 30 odd years & few if any results, it clearly isn’t working. Well not for most us anyway.

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And aside from all of the above, a two day death IS cruel.

I’m noticing lately, every time a new crack appears in the flimsy rationale offered for using a non-target poison to target pests, instead of trotting out the body of watertight research thousands of NZers are still waiting to see, including the long term studies, we are offered as an alternative to the usual ‘toolbox’ speech, a new spokesperson,  the latest being economist Gareth Morgan. Gareth has a financial interest in 1080 through his association with Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), a partnership between NEXT Foundation, and the Department of Conservation. Gareth’s particularly well known for his inclination to exterminate NZ’s cat population. But then, they’re an introduced species aren’t they & the NZ Govt (Corporation) without plainly telling us in the Predator Free 2050 verbiage, intends for the elimination of all introduced species except farm stock. Economists in the, dare I say Rogernomics view however, do fit the new conservation look. Economists have a Houdini-like ability to adapt themselves to any cause if it means profits. Two things that go together like peas in a pod these days are profits & chemicals, even poisonous ones. Think Nature Conservancy (TNC).

TNC is known as  the new Greenwash … environmental organizations partnering with very large & powerful corporations many of which have more to do with destroying environments than saving them. For further info on that read our post earlier last year on the Nature Conservancy visitors (30 international bankers including the CE of Goldman Sachs) flying over Fiordland with DoC’s CEO Lou Sanson … (see here also, cited below). (When this piece of news leaked out and was posted on social media, a Labour member explained in one of the discussions that it was a conservation mission associated with TNC).

TNC is a Hong Kong group and is headed by a former Goldman Sachs CEO.

Check out their corporate partners: “Pepsi Co, Disney, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Walmart and Cargill. In Asia Pacific, … Neutrogena in Australia and Rio Tinto in Mongolia. In Hong Kong, …  Dragonair, Pacific Coffee Company, FORTUNE China, HSBC Private Bank, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hong Kong Commercial Radio, Moet Hennessy Asia Pacific, Time Asia, Sun Hung Kai Properties and the Hong Kong Airport Authority”. And there it is again, Goldman Sachs. They’re featuring quite prominently. And Key’s friends from Merrill Lynch.

If you navigate from the NZ website for TNC, there is another list of global companies that have partnered with them. On that very long list are Dow Chemicals, Shell & Coke to name three, who are all ill qualified to fit any green profile by any stretch of the imagination.

Speaking broadly, a not so new breed of ‘environmental’ people have clearly been dominating the green movement for some time particularly since neo liberal economics and are in fact all for profit. Strange bedfellows they shroud their activities in a deceptive cloak of green & sustainable rhetoric but don’t be fooled. The bottom line of corporations is profit. (Read Behind the Green Mask on that. The author Rosa Koire’s site is here).

TNC has been operating here in NZ since 2016:

“As part of a three-year strategic plan, in 2016 we worked with government officials, local communities, indigenous (Iwi) leaders, businesses and local conservation groups to identify science-based solutions to poor water quality and runoff.” 

You can read at the link what else they’re up to. Clearly with their input our waterways are no cleaner and our clean water reserves are still either under threat, or being bottled and sent off shore for the sole benefit of foreign corporations that plunder us with impunity.

Please do educate yourself on the independent science on 1080. There’s a war going on for the public’s total blessing on a poison industry that flies in the face of reason regarding the humane treatment of animals. And that’s just one facet of the issue.

RELATED:

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/01/spca-calls-for-ban-on-1080.html?fbclid=IwAR3ESG9U7WmAKDDkTPAi2Q3H5WCfCpKTvTV7j-vhJ5RsfvbnjKyhniMKBUQ

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/gareth-morgan-slams-sick-spca-in-facebook-rant/ar-BBRZGu1?ocid=sf&fbclid=IwAR3ZfQAlA_51hAoCqPs5YK4AhpbDR_gak3w44VETAQ7_P8cCX4vNM10Q70g

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/11/16/324825/gareth-morgan-nzs-inconvenient-truth


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.

If you are pro poisoning of the environment, EnvirowatchRangitikei is not the place to espouse your opinions. Mainstream would be the place to air those. This is a venue for sharing the independent science you won’t of course find there.

Finally we don’t endorse violence in any way shape or form.

NOTE: Periodically & randomly the facebook share option will disappear from posts on the front (this) page. If it is not appearing, click on the heading of the article to go to its own page, usually the share button will show up there. (All else failing copy & past the url to your facebook page).

 

Giraffe subspecies listed as ‘critically endangered’ for first time

Giraffe subspecies listed as ‘critically endangered’ for first time

Right on topic with today’s other posting on Tahr, as the authorities cull our own NZ wildlife, anything non native according to the UN agreement signed up to decades ago without our awareness. They are expunging every non native except farm stock. Along with this plan for eliminating ‘pests’ we are also seeing the extinction of various species, planet wide. Our own native Kea are dwindling fast.

via Giraffe subspecies listed as ‘critically endangered’ for first time

In 2007 an International Animal Welfare Journal published a RSPCA paper by Dr M Sherley deeming that: “1080 IS NOT A HUMANE POISON”

Note: you can hear Dr Miranda Sherley speak in the GrafBoys’ doco “Poisoning Paradise“. There are graphic descriptions and footage of the agony 1080’d animals go through. A veterinarian has commented that dying from 1080 poison is like two days of slow electrocution. 


 

RSPCA MEDIA RELEASE 2007

We can no longer kid ourselves that 1080 is an acceptable option; we urgently need to focus efforts on finding ways to make 1080 more humane, or otherwise finding more humane ways to control pest animals … Dr M Sherley

A new report into the use of sodium fluroacetate (or 1080) in Australia has found it is an
inhumane poison, and has called for urgent research into improving the humaneness of
vertebrate pest control methods in this country.
The report, written by RSPCA Australia’s Dr Miranda Sherley, has been published in the current edition of the highly respected Animal Welfare journal from the UK-based Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.
Dr Sherley said despite its widespread use, the animal welfare implications of 1080 baiting have received little attention. There has been ongoing research into the ecological impacts of using 1080 as well as a high level of public concern regarding the effects of the poison on non-target animals, including pets or working dogs that might accidentally pick up the baits, as well as native wildlife, said Dr Sherley.
However, we were concerned to further investigate what level of pain and suffering was caused by 1080 on any vertebrate animal, including the target animals  which, we should remember, are also very much able to experience pain and suffering and deserve no less compassion in the way we deal with them, she said.
Dr Sherley said a range of criteria ñ including studying how the poison works, speed of death, behaviour of affected animals and long-term effects on survivors – were used to scientifically assess how humane the use of 1080 is as a method of pest control.
Human cases of 1080 poisoning are also helpful in understanding the effects on other animals: while conscious, people report feeling pain and distress, and through detailed hospital records we are also able to better track their recovery and any longer term effects, she said. Based on the evidence available, our conclusion is that animals affected by 1080 do not die a quick and humane death; rather, they suffer a range of potentially painful and distressing symptoms, often over a period of hours,î said Dr Sherley.
We can no longer kid ourselves that 1080 is an acceptable option; we urgently need to focus efforts on finding ways to make 1080 more humane, or otherwise finding more humane ways to control pest animals.

READ MORE

http://www.predatordefense.org/docs/1080_article_RSPCA_Media_Release_11-15-07.pdf?ID=131#

Images below are taken from Youtuber Torvald Nagelhjelm‘s coverage of a Taupo 1080 drop in 2016.

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No Govt minister would meet with a Waikato Regional Councillor & a Nelson Lawyer this week to accept an incident register on 1080 – but then the NZ Govt is MAKING 1080

There have been thousands of cases of poisoned farm animals, non-targeted wildlife, pets, and people following 1080 poison and brodifacoum aerial operations across New Zealand.

Not surprisingly, those involved with the aerial poisoning drops – our government, the Department of Conservation, TB Free, regional councils … and ironically, those that sign the drops off – the district health boards – have never compiled a register of the incidents that have taken place over the years.

So some intellects from around the country decided to put together some of the known poisoning cases, including people that have been crying out to be heard for so long.

In the following video clip lawyer Sue Grey and Waikato Regional Councillor for Taupo, Kathy White, explain how they attempted to present the poisoning register to members of parliament (on a typically windy day) …


For information on the Govt owned Whanganui 1080 factory go here.

 

How a Harvard Doctor caused the death rate & medication costs to plummet in a nursing home for the elderly

In my opinion this has always been a no brainer. How are our elderly who have often lived active and happy lives, supposed to ‘rejoice’ when they are suddenly plucked from all things familiar & forced (yes frequently against their will without consultation as to their wishes) to live in a ‘dorm’ of sorts with complete strangers? All activities they enjoyed gone. It is surely a no brainer that they need something to do, not just be expected to sit and stare at the walls? Well this wonderful Doctor had the residents dressing themselves and taking an interest in life. To wake in the morning & wonder if the lettuces you just planted are growing, or if the cats have been and dug them up are all about purpose and a reason to get up. How many folk have I seen after admission to these mausoleums suddenly decline and pass on. Hope is a powerful motivation. Well here we have a working example of the success of providing just that. EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

from econewsmedia.org

Based on a hunch, he persuaded his staff to stock the facility with two dogs, four cats, several hens and rabbits, and 100 parakeets, along with hundreds of plants, a vegetable and flower garden, and a day-care site for staffers’ kids.

Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard trained physician, wants you to know one very important thing about life and aging: “growing older is a good thing.”

He’s been in the news quite a bit regarding his somewhat radical, yet very positive, first-hand perspective of aging. A Washington Post article featured this one man crusade to change negative attitudes about aging and help people to think of “post-adulthood” as a time of enrichment:

“Thomas believes that Americans have bought so willingly into the idea of aging as something to be feared that it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy leading to isolation, loneliness and lack of autonomy,” the article stated. In 1991, Thomas became the medical director of a nursing home in upstate New York. He found the place, as the Post put it, “depressing, a repository for old people whose minds and bodies seemed dull and dispirited.”

In 1991, Dr. Thomas found himself the medical director of a nursing home in upstate New York and in the words of the Washington Post article, he felt the place a: “depressing, a repository for old people whose minds and bodies seemed dull and dispirited.”

So, what did Thomas do to change the resident’s lives forever and spark a movement in aging? The Washington Post explains“[Dr. Thomas] decided to transform the nursing home. Based on a hunch, he persuaded his staff to stock the facility with two dogs, four cats, several hens and rabbits, and 100 parakeets, along with hundreds of plants, a vegetable and flower garden, and a day-care site for staffers’ kids.

READ MORE

http://econewsmedia.org/2017/12/05/harvard-doctor-changing-nursing-homes-forever/

DOC’s dubious ‘success’ rate with 1080 – $3.5 billion, a decade later and not a single endangered bird species in recovery 

DOC has received $3.5 billion of taxpayer’s money in the past decade, and not a single endangered bird species is in recovery on mainland NZ. And they have another significant drop planned for 2016.


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From Bill Wallace at stuff.co.nz
“DOC is currently preparing the New Zealand public for another massive aerial 1080 poisoning of our forests in winter 2016, supposedly in response to yet another beech mast.

Masts or good flowering years of beech trees and other native plants are normal sporadic events. Some native birds only breed in mast years, it’s the way of nature, fluctuations of populations in response to food supply and environmental conditions. The same natural fluctuations occur with introduced species.

Last year’s Battle for the Birds poisoned an area the size of Taranaki supposedly in response to a beech mast and rat plague. The beech mast was light to moderate in most areas, and rat numbers in high altitude areas were at zero at the time of the 1080 drop in many areas. 1080 is a cruel inhumane poison that effectively chemically strangles it’s victims to death over many hours for the birds or days for large mammals.”

“Aerial 1080 randomly scattered over vast areas of our bush and mountains, often in breach of DOC’s own scientist’s advice and Standards, is the “dirtiest and cruellest” pretence at Conservation amongst developed nations (personal observation).”

Read the article:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/74695030/1080-drop-by-doc-for-beech-mast-unnecessary

For further information on 1080 visit our 1080 page (at main menu). See the sub pages also on suspected poisonings and more.

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