As doctors, we are extremely concerned about the health risk of depositing poisoned bait over 22,500 hectares of the Hunua water catchment area. Specifically, we are concerned about Sodium Fluoroacetate (SMFA / 1080), a known deadly poison which is known to cause sub-lethal effects on reproduction and is classified as a teratogen, having potential to contaminate the Auckland water supply.
There is no effective antidote for 1080 poisoning in humans.
We are extremely concerned that public officials are not adopting a far more precautionary approach to the safety of the Auckland water catchment, especially when the effects of 1080, a highly soluble poison, is not quantifiably able to be tested on how it affects the health of humans.
Studies show that 1080 affects the reproductive organs, the cardiac system, and respiratory system in mammals. There is no safe minimal level known and water testing and sampling after aerial 1080 application cannot prudently protect the public from risk of exposure from this poison.
As doctors, we are responsible for the health of individuals and communities. Therefore, we ask the government to immediately stop the usage of sodium fluoroacetate which has potential to contaminate the New Zealand water supply.
Dr Ulrich Doering MBChB, Dipl O+G, FRNZCGP
Dr Roger Leitch MBChB, FRNZCGP
Dr Mogens Poppe FRNZCGP FRACGP
Dr Janine Budden MBChB, FRNZCGP
Dr Caroline Wheeler MBChB
Dr Ron Goedeke
Dr Tessa Jones MBChB, Dipl Obs, FRNZCGP, FACNEM, FAARM
Dr. Charles M. Baycroft BSc; MD. FRNZCGP, Dip MSM, QBE.
Dr Donald Palmer MBChB, Dipl O+G, FRNZCGP
Dr Jocelyn Lydford MD
Dr Kamal Karl MBBS, FRNZCGP, FACNEM, FNZCAM, FACCS
Dr Avani Karl
Dr Rick Coleman MB ChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP
Dr Helen Proctor
Dr Richard Drexel
Dr Tim Ewer, MB ChB, MMedSci, MRCP, FRACP, FRNZCGP, Dip Occ Med
Dr Tracey Chandler BSc (Hons), MB ChB, FRNZCGP, MNZSCM, PGDipSEM, Cert Dermoscopy
Dr Janine Budden MBCHB, MRCGP, FRNZCGP, CertNutrMed, DipObs
Michael E Godfrey MB.BS. FACNEM
“NZ’S PREDATOR FREE 2050 PROGRAM .. NOT .. WELL INFORMED BY SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR CONSERVATION BEST PRACTICE” SAY TWO CONSERVATION ACADEMICS
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.
We don’t endorse violence in our efforts to inform the public & hopefully persuade our government to desist from using excessive amounts of poisons for pest control.