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Tararua Range 1080 Drops by OSPRI Based on Fallacy

Press Release by the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust

A West Coast conservationist and spokesman for the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust has challenged the justification for a 1080 aerial drop in the Tararua Ranges by OSPRI (former Animal Health Board) saying it is founded on a false belief that possums are responsible for spreading bovine TB.

Laurie Collins of the West Coast said current 1080 aerial drops on public lands in the Tararua Ranges were based on twin fallacies of possums spreading TB and the country had a TB problem. “Neither is true,” he said. “It’s irresponsible of OSPRI to be wasting public funds and damaging the ecology of the Tararua’s public lands with 1080 plus telling fibs.” Laurie Collins said the belief that possum spread bovine TB had been disproven a few years ago when in Parliament the Minister of Primary Industries disclosed that of 9830 possums autopsied, none had TB. Yet in 2020 we have OSPRI  carrying out mass aerial 1080 poisoning in several areas including public lands such as the Tararua Ranges,” he said. Laurie Collins said New Zealand was virtually TB free and was probably one of the most TB-free countries in the world. The world standard for a country to declare “TB free” is 0.2% for TB infected herds and 0.1% for infected cattle. New Zealand rates of TB infection in cattle were slight, i.e. 0.0019% average generally over the last decade.  “It is so far below that required by world standards for a TB free declaration – that New Zealand must be one of the world’s most TB free countries”, he said. “Of deep concern to New Zealanders who are outdoors people, whether tramping, hunting, trout fishing or seeking any recreation in mountain areas, is the indiscriminate spreading of a poison that kills anything which ingests it.” The poison 1080 knows no “species boundaries -whether an insect, bird or animal, it kills, he said. Laurie Collins now retired has long and extensive experience of 1080 having been involved as a Forest Service trainee in the trials of the toxin’s first use in the late 1950s in the Caples Valley, Lake Wakatipu and in subsequent pest management work. In the past there had been cases of farmers wrongly transporting stock from infected areas with resultant TB outbreaks on farms. OSPRI had ignored the stock transportation factor and proceeded to wrongly blame possums and then aerially spread 1080 over adjoining public lands. Laurie Collins cited such an instance in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. NZ’s extremely low TB infection rates  raised the question whether OSPRI had a continuing role. “Instead of celebrating New Zealand’s Tb-free status, OSPRI remains in denial and states their aim is total eradication of TB,” he said. “

Is it that OSPRI want to continue its existence and jobs, funded for by taxpayers and farmer levies?” Even from the first discovery of TB in possums near Westport in the late 1960s, no-one ever seems to have questioned whether the possum infected cattle, or cattle infected the possum. The default position has always been that it is possums that have infected the cattle.  “What probably began as a few civil servants getting some money from the then Ministry of Agriculture slowly morphed over time into a part of a growth program in the ministries bureaucracy,” he added.

Time to Rein in OSPRI over Bovine TB Illogic

by John Veysey of Coromandel
At present there are eighteen bovine TB-infected herds in Hawkes Bay. Ospri has found a TB-infected pig on private land. The infected pig was taken from the 12,000 ha of Tataraakina C trust land.  Ospri tells farmers that this find “confirms that the spread of TB in Hawkes Bay is coming through wild life and not through movement of livestock”. 
BUT Ospri seems to have no logical explanation of how TB gets into a wild pig. They tell farmers that the pig can not transfer the disease to another pig nor to another animal. Ospri’s supposition is that the possum transfers the disease to cattle but for the possum to get the disease from the pig it must eat the meat from a dead pig which has died from the infection.
OSPRI Failure
For decades Ospri and its predecessor, TB-Free NZ, have failed to establish how possums gain infection from cattle or how the disease is transferred back again from the possum to the cow.  Ospri’s idea of transfer from a pig depends on a “carnivorous” possum. Eh?

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LINK: https://coranz.org.nz/time-to-rein-in-ospri-over-bovine-tb-illogic/?fbclid=IwAR1dHOSMeVRg1U8g62cyiYrmyKUlmYd3yF4rQrfyS7fQE64LxmVDOonGQwQ

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Poisoned cow investigation a whitewash says lawyer

Video from the GrafBoys YT channel. It questions the independence of the investigation following the poisoning of 8 cows during a 1080 drop in 2018. Intriguing information you likely weren’t aware of about the various players involved.

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8 cows were poisoned, and an independent investigation was initiated. But can there be independence with 1080 poison investigations in New Zealand?

The NZ Deerstalkers Assn is demanding answers over scheduling of 1080 poisoning operations during current breeding season, saying new born fawns will starve if poison drops go ahead

Animals poisoned with 1080 die a days long agonizing death because DoC are exempted from the Animal Welfare Act with respect to 1080 use. In this case, when the mothers are poisoned their fawns die of starvation. EWR

“We hoped these organisations had learned their lesson from the public backlash over the 2017 mass poisoning of deer in Molesworth but it appears that despite their promises to prevent such indiscriminate killing happening again, they are continuing their unacceptable policies.” NZDA

“AN ANIMAL WELFARE DISASTER” DEERSTALKERS DEMAND ANSWERS OVER 1080 DROPS DURING FAWN SEASON
20 NOVEMBER 2019
From the NZ Deer Stalkers Assn

The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association is demanding answers over the scheduling of 1080 poisoning operations during the current breeding season, saying new born fawns are threatened with starvation if the poison drops go ahead.
The NZDA, which is the country’s leading hunting organisation, says it has become aware of a number of applications from both OSPRI and the Department of Conservation to start poisoning large areas during the run-up to Christmas.
A 1080 drop is scheduled to begin tomorrow in the Kahurangi area in the north west South Island, while it is understood another operation is due to begin soon in the Landsborough area on the West Coast.
The NZDA is condemning the planned poisoning.
The NZDA’s national president Trevor Chappell says the timing is unacceptable.
“These drops coincide with late spring when deer are giving birth to their fawns and that means not only are the mothers at risk of dying a painful death if they eat the 1080, the orphaned fawns will be left to starve to death,” says Mr Chappell.
“This is just not on. This is a major animal welfare issue for deer and if these government organisations want to be seen as humane, they should not be conducting mass poisoning campaigns at this time of year.”
The Deerstalkers Association is asking DoC and OSPRI to explain their thinking.
“In previous years, mass poisoning operations have finished by this time. Even the tahr cull was halted from November to prevent orphaned kids starving to death in the mountains,” Trevor Chappell says.
“We hoped these organisations had learned their lesson from the public backlash over the 2017 mass poisoning of deer in Molesworth but it appears that despite their promises to prevent such indiscriminate killing happening again, they are continuing their unacceptable policies.”

Photo Credit: Clyde Graf

Autopsies suggest two native NZ kākā deaths at the Ōrokonui Ecosanctuary are due to poison from OSPRI bait stations

Tell me again, is DoC really saving our birds? EWR

From Carol Sawyer

This is on the Dunedin Ecosanctuary’s Facebook page today :

“LOCAL RESIDENTS: PLEASE REPORT SIGHTINGS OF SICK KĀKĀ

We are sad to report that two of our Ōrokonui kākā have died over the last week. Initial indications from autopsies suggest that ingestion of an anticoagulant toxin was the cause.

It is possible that the kākā may have accessed bait from stations used for eradicating possums outside the sanctuary. Ōrokonui staff have contacted Ospri, which is managing a large TB control programme in the Dunedin area. This has resulted in a rapid response with contractors removing bait from stations across the entire operation area of the programme as a cautionary measure.

We are asking local residents in the communities surrounding the ecosanctuary to keep an eye out for our kākā and to immediately report any sightings of unwell (or dead) birds. Both of our kākā showed similar symptoms before they died: unusual swaying behavior, looking lethargic and ill. Please contact the DoC Hotline 03 477 0677 from 8:30 to 5pm weekdays, or after hours on 0800 362 468 if you see a kākā behaving in this way. Dunedin’s Wildlife Hospital is on standby to treat any sick birds.

We take this opportunity to remind our wider communities to please not feed kākā as we do not want to encourage them to interact with human-made structures, particularly those that contain food, outside of the safety of the ecosanctuary.”

Photo of Kaka – Birding NZ

Re unlawful acts of the Crown regarding 1080 poison: A NZ lawyer with multiple science degrees is expert witness at the Intl Tribunal for Natural Justice

Lawyer, Sue Grey testifies to a number of unlawful acts of the crown and its contractors who have been aerially spreading deadly poison, called 1080, on DOC land, Maori Land and private land. Sue and her team has identified over 10 possible legal challenges involving apparent criminal or civil breaches of statutory obligations by DoC, OSPRI and/or poison contractors. Sue Grey testified on June 23, 2019 before the ITNJ Commission of Inquiry into Weaponisation of the Biosphere. Watch all the Indonesia Seatings at https://commission.itnj.org Help continue this work and expose the next phase of expert witness testimonies. http://www.itnj.org


Read info below also, from the

Ecocide in NZ  facebook page

“Sue Grey Testimony on New Zealand’s Ecocide with the use of 1080 Poison

The ITNJ opens its Commission of Inquiry into the Weaponisation of the Biosphere with stunning testimony from New Zealand expert witness Sue Grey, in what she describes as ‘ecocide’ and ‘a war on nature’.

A lawyer and activist with multiple science degrees and over 30 years’ experience in environmental health policy, Sue testifies to the devastation being caused to New Zealand’s native wildlife and ecosystems through the systematic and widespread aerial poisoning with the chemical Sodium Fluoroacetate, commonly known as “1080” Poison.

Four hundred million 1080 pellets (enough to kill over a hundred million people) will be spread by helicopter this year over much of the country’s land and waterways, in a longstanding Crown sponsored program, its stated purpose: to preserve native wildlife by eradicating non-native stoats and rats. However, the cereal baits attract many other species of insects, birds, and mammals, contaminating the food chain and cruelly killing thousands of “non-target” species including deer, farmed stock and dogs. There has been a drastic impact on Kea (native parrots) and cereal baits are known to poison many other species of native bird including iconic Kiwi and Weka.

Birds and animals can be poisoned by eating the bait directly, drinking from poisoned waterways, or by feeding on the carcasses of poisoned animals. Evidence also exists that 1080 has made it its way up the food chain into wild pork, farmed cows and honey, and is also suspected to have poisoned humans, many of whom Grey has represented.

Despite many years of campaigning, lawsuits, public outcry, and official statistics that prove its catastrophic failure, the New Zealand government refuses to take responsibility and bring an end to the serious threats posed by this program to New Zealand’s ecosystem and its inhabitants.

ABOUT THE ITNJ: The ITNJ is the world’s first people-powered tribunal that operates independently of governments and corporations, and is therefore willing to issue rulings against those organizations based on Natural Law, where agents of governments and/or corporations have caused harm or loss to living men and women, and in this case, matters that relate to the weaponization of our biosphere and the existential ecocide and genocidal threat against humanity.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: commission.itnj.org CONTACT:press@itnj.org
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ITNJ, PLEASE SEE: www.itnj.org / itnjcommittee.org
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This year alone we are throwing enough 1080 poison on NZ to kill 85 million people – and we don’t even test our food for 1080 residues!

By Carol Sawyer

Recent information from Animal Control Products Ltd is that DoC buy between 30% and 50% of their 1080 product every year, that OSPRI and regional councils account for another 40%, and (presumably) ZIP and Predator Free NZ account for the rest…. between 10% and 30%.

As DoC have produced maps showing they intend to be covering 1.124 million ha with aerial 1080 this year, at a rate of 1.5 to 2 kgs per ha, and even if they account for a 50% buy-up of the poison, we can safely assume a total of about 4,000 tonnes of 1080 poison baits will be spread on our land this year.

That is 6,000kgs of pure 1080 poison (at the standard 0.15% pure poison per bait rate).. So at an LD50 of 0.5mg per kg bodyweight that means 35mg can kill a 70kg human being. That works out to be theoretically enough 1080 dropped on NZ this year to poison 171,428,571 x 70kg people, with half of them, 85,714,285, having a lethal dose!

LD50 : [ Based on fatal or near-fatal cases of human poisonings, the dangerous dose for humans is 0.5-2.0 mg/kg BW (Negherbon 1959)]

(LD50 stands for Lethal Dose 50 – killing with poison is not an exact science so an LD50 is used, which means that one can assume 50% of the people poisoned will die. It doesn’t mean the other 50% get off scot-free!)

Photo credit: supplied by Carol Sawyer


If you are new to NZ’s 1080 poisoning program here is a good article to start with …

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO CONCERNED ABOUT 1080?

A must watch also 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. Check out also 1080science.co.nz for the independent science.

And the 1080 pages at the main menu, particularly the sub tab, ‘suspected 1080 poisoning cases’. Finally, remember what the retired MD Charlie Baycroft said recently …‘if you die from 1080 poisoning, nobody will know  because the Ministry of Health is bullying NZ Doctors into not testing for 1080′. 

EWR

 

WANAKA is the 1080 POISONED CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

By Carol Sawyer

The West Coast of the South Island is generally thought of as being the most heavily 1080-poisoned area of New Zealand. However some of us have been thinking about that lately and have realized that, in fact, Wanaka and the Upper Clutha probably take that title, sadly.

You see, we have an extra problem animal (for farmers) in the Wanaka area, and that is rabbits, so farms and stations all round the Upper Clutha get aerially bombed with 1080 for rabbits. This is in addition to the onslaught from DoC and OSPRI for possums, rats and stoats on our farmland and in our mountain valleys.

We DID fight them off in 2015. It can be done! OSPRI had advertised plans to aerially 1080 poison DoC-managed land on Mt Roy and they were sent away with their tail between their legs and never came back.

Luggate was a two year battle, 2017 to 2019, It went ahead despite best efforts to stop it, but on a greatly reduced scale.

DoC stuffed up the aerial 1080 drop at Makarora in 2015, but unfortunately they came back in 2017 and did manage to dump poison on 38,000 ha – the Wilkin, Young, Makarora, and Blue River Valleys.

If you stand on top of Mt Iron in Wanaka and turn 360 degrees you will be looking at these aerially 1080-poisoned valleys – Matukituki, Makarora, Mt Gold, Timaru Creek (Lake Hawea), Luggate, Cardrona. Add to this most of the stations, many of the farms (deer, cattle, sheep ) and even some of the vineyards, and this is one poisoned place ! Aerial Pindone, and 1080 and Pindone thrown off quad bikes, in our public spaces, like Mt Iron itself just recently, can be added to the mix.

From the top of Mt Iron, Wanaka – Photos Carol Sawyer

More photos here:

https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/2211716829108631

and here:

https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/1980337245579925

and here:

https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/1975911229355860

Mt Roy, a 1080 battle that we won. That is a story in itself, which I shall tell in a different post:

https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/1582087148738272

Here is a great video from the top of Mt Iron – so sad that we are looking at all this beauty and know how poisoned it all is 

 

PHOTOS:

Header image above: Mt Roy and Mt Alpha, from the top of Mt Iron, Wanaka – Photo Carol Sawyer

Mt Maude, from the top of Mt Iron. Timaru Creek and the mountains behind Hawea in the distance - Photo Carol Sawyer
Mt Maude, from the top of Mt Iron. Timaru Creek and the mountains behind Hawea in the distance – Photo Carol Sawyer

 

Looking up Lake Wanaka towards Makarora, from the top of Mt Iron - Photo Carol Sawyer
Looking up Lake Wanaka towards Makarora, from the top of Mt Iron – Photo Carol Sawyer

 

DoC sends 116 TONNES 1080 poison to landfill, 2016-2019 … 66 TONNES to the Manawatu-Whanganui region

By Carol Sawyer

This includes 66 tonnes of 1080 baits targeted for the 33,000 ha aerial 1080 drop at Makarora in 2015.

The pre-feed was dropped at Makarora but the poison was not. Bad timing, and initial faulty flight charts, (by HeliOtago Ltd presumably), meant the drop was postponed and then foiled by the onset of winter.

See story here:

https://www.facebook.com/carol.sawyer.3511/posts/1712843725662613

DoC Wanaka announced the poisoning would happen the following Spring but this never eventuated. The poison was dumped. They have conveniently left this out of the OIA response to John Veysey in February, 2019 (see attached), and pretended they haven’t kept records.

Just as well WE do !!!

The comment in the OIA response to Mr. Thompson about Makarora, February, 2017 – “No toxic bait was transported to the operation site. The transport cost from storage to landfill was $8,000” – is I think, just DoC being tricky. It was again rumoured to have been stored at the storage shed at Haast. This is backed up by the fact that the poison operation had been due to happen any day, but as the prefeed didn’t happen until May 27, 2015, winter had set in and they just couldn’t drop the poison.
The loading site at Cameron Flat, Makarora, would have been too dark and cold. As it was, the prefeed was done in icy conditions (see photos).

So WHY did DoC leave the 66 tonnes out of the “1080 poison to landfill” chart sent to John Veysey of Coromandel as a result of his OIA request in February this year? The OIA response only admits to 34.31 tonnes of 1080 poison to landfill. (See attached)

Add in the 66 tonnes from 2015/16 and the 16.2 tonnes of flood-damaged 1080 poison baits from Haast this year (as stated in a recent OIA response to David Haynes), and we have a massive 116.51 tonnes 1080 baits to landfill… admitted to by DoC anyway. Is this ALL ?!!! How much have OSPRI and regional councils dumped?

Also, where in the ‘Manawatu-Wanganui region’ were the 66 tonnes of 1080 baits dumped? At the Bonny Glen landfill at Marton again?

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With NO community consultation & in spite of health warnings by an ag-pilot a 1080 aerial operation at Luggate is soon to go ahead

By Carol Sawyer

LUGGATE 1080 DROP GOING AHEAD WITH NO COMMUNITY CONSULTATION …. at any date after this weekend!

OSPRI Programme Manager, Southern South Island, Eric Chagnon, responded to Tracey Morrow of Luggate today… see comment highlighted in screenshot. (Tracey had written a long email outlining all the concerns about this drop, which I will post up separately). The advertisement for the 1080 drop was in Thursday’s ‘Wanaka Sun’. His response states “We are consulting with landowners and other affected parties”. Well there are only two landowners, who have not said a ‘dicky bird’, and a whole small town less than a kilometre away which Eric is IGNORING, so I am not sure who the “other affected parties” are.

He also says, in justification for non-consultation,

“This (drop) area is much smaller than previously planned aerials”.

Is there a sort of hectare limit below which you do not need to consult? Fascinating. This is a new one!

This man needs to front up… and NOW.

On 10 August, 2017, ‘Wanaka Sun’ (yes, this debacle has been going on for two years) Eric Chagnon’s predecessor, Brent Rohloff, wrote …

“Consultation with the Luggate community would be conducted “well before” the drop was due to be completed.”

Eric Chagnon also received the following communication from Cherilyn Walthew (Luggate 1080 Action Group) today:

“Dear Eric,

It is with alarm that I read of OSPRI’s intentions, in the Wanaka Sun, to start dropping poison around the settlement of Luggate as of the 1st June, 2019.

To date, OSPRI have not fronted for genuine consultation with the Public as was promised back in 2017 by one of your predecessors.

There are still a number of questions that the community would like you to answer prior to the commencement of your poisoning operation and given that you and your Organization appear reluctant to come and discuss this, we would like to take this opportunity, on the 1 year anniversary of your organization walking out of the last promised community consultation, to invite you to a genuine consultation event.

We are aware that your staff have made claims of being “ambushed” in the past with our questions and there have been other claims that you were concerned for the health and safety of your staff. These are very distressing claims and I can assure you there is absolutely no threat to your staff from our community. However we will also look to invite a number of other people to attend the consultation meeting including MPs, local councillors, DoC representatives, Police etc. to ensure that you feel fully comfortable in your environment.

In addition, we are including a copy of the questions that have been raised by the community in advance of our requested meeting so, that you can prepare yourselves appropriately.

We are aware that the 1080 discussion has been subject to many claims of “misinformation”, particularly around these aerial operations. Therefore, in good faith, we will appoint an independent “fact-checker” to adjudicate on the answers.

We are happy to take on the administration of arranging the meeting and co-ordinate the additional guest list if you would let us know a date that will suit you and the relevant staff members you require to attend. We will be happy to try and accommodate any date after the 11th of June. I realize this is after the date you had indicated commencement for this operation. However, had you come to us earlier, we may have been in a position to arrange things a bit quicker.

In view of the lack of facilities in Luggate, our suggested venues would be either the Hawea Flat Community Hall which we can secure at no charge, and is available on either Monday evenings or Thursday evenings after 7pm. Additionally, we are checking dates that the Lake Wanaka Centre is available and will forward you some dates as soon as possible. The Lake Wanaka Centre will have an associated charge and we would expect you to incur this cost as part of your community consultation budget, if this is the preferred venue.

There has been some reluctance in the past by your organization and associated parties to answer these same questions. However it is a matter of public urgency that you do so before irreparable damage is caused by your actions, as was nearly the case in 2017 with the residential water supplies.

This list of questions has been generated by the wider community at a gathering in Luggate on the 21st of May. This was coordinated by local volunteers and is a community initiative under the collective name Luggate 1080 Action Group.

Before commencing the poison operation, we formally ask that in the spirit of human decency, you answer these questions first.

Given the urgency of this subject, please respond with your intentions by close of business on Tuesday, 4th of June so, that may continue with arranging the necessary details and ensure invites are put out to the relevant parties.

Yours sincerely and on behalf of people representing

Luggate 1080 Action Group

Cherilyn Walthew
Tracey Morrow
Carol Sawyer
Kirstin Dana
Joel Lund”

Eric Chagnon, a man of few words, responded today:

“In response to your email and to a voice mail message from Carol Sawyer left earlier today, I confirm that there will be NO aerial operation going on in Luggate VCZ over the Queen’s Birthday weekend.”

Questions arising from the public meeting held at Luggate are attached to this post.

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OSPRI admits to killing 92% of deer at Molesworth Stn in an aerial 1080 drop

It’s nice to see OSPRI – a govt department and poisoning agency – declare that 92% of deer were poisoned in a recent aerial operation across part of Molesworth Station, situated in the South Island.

However, the comment in the news item that states that more deer die in open areas than in the forests following 1080 poison drops, is incorrect. Deer in poisoned forests die in high numbers following the operations, as we have proven over the last 13 years of filming poison drops. The baits are cast all across the forests and waterways, and the deer are more likely to be poisoned in the forests because the baits offer a more easy meal. Deer in more open terrain have more access to grass, their favourite food, so are better nourished. In any case, the poison bait is an attractive cereal food that most animals and many birds love to eat.
Less than 2 x standard sized baits can kill a deer, and just 2 and a half baits can kill a 400 kilo cattle beast (research presented here … https://youtu.be/9EmNIR1iBrk ) And according to our Govt-owned poison factory, just 1 x standard sized bait may kill a child.

When we investigate poison drops in heavy forests, the deer kill rate is estimated to be between 75 – 95%, depending whether the operation is the first – a virgin drop – or a repeated, on-going poisoning program.

Here’s the declaration about the deer poisoned at Molesworth Station. Good on OSPRI for being honest about it, it makes a pleasant change … https://www.odt.co.nz/…/1080-drop-wiped-out-deer-nzs-larges…

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Molesworth Station, Sth Island NZ …  Photo: Wikipedia

 

1080 drop wiped out deer on NZ’s largest farm

Officials have confirmed that about 90 percent of deer on a block on New Zealand’s largest farm were killed during a 1080 poison drop targeting possums.

The drop was carried out by TBFree NZ in October 2017 over a 62,000ha block on Department of Conservation-owned Molesworth Station, as part of a nine-year programme to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Eight helicopters using GPS dropped toxic bait at 2kg/ha over the station, but the operation was halted when scores of red deer were found to have been killed.

Ospri, the Government-backed company that DoC permits to run pest control operations on public conservation land, later commissioned an aerial survey in February last year to compare deer abundance on a similar-sized block nearby that wasn’t poisoned.

That revealed deer abundance was 88 percent lower in the poisoned area.

Another survey, carried out by Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research last month, found there had only been a slight increase in deer numbers, and that it could take six to eight years before the population fully recovered.

The mass by-kill horrified opponents to 1080 and deer hunters alike.

Experienced helicopter pilot Bill Hales, who has 40 years’ experience as a wild animal recovery operator, earlier told the Herald the drop was a “crying shame of a wasted resource”.

“Why not let us guys in there for three months before you have a poison drop and harvest the product? Why waste the resource?”

Today, Ospri chief operating officer Matthew Hall maintained the use of 1080 for large scale pest control operations was still currently the most effective tool to achieve the company’s TB eradication goals.

“Our work also has biodiversity benefits by reducing possum, rat and stoat numbers.”

“Recognising that there can sometimes be a significant deer by-kill from pest control operations, Ospri is working with industry partners to develop improved deer repellent baits.”

The company was trialling two new repellents in the hope that they’ll be more effective and available for operations to treat the remaining TB risk areas of the 180,000ha station.

“It is important to note that the by-kill was higher in the open terrain of Molesworth than in a heavily forested region like the West Coast.”

Ospri, which manages the TBfree eradication programme, conducted the possum control operation to interrupt the TB infection cycle on the station.

Despite the successful interventions in the wider region, TB-infected wildlife remains present on Molesworth and adjoining properties, and represented an infection risk for the cattle farmed there.

The station had the longest continuous TB-infected cattle herd in the country.

The project to clear infection on the station was seen as pivotal to eradicating bovine TB and reducing the impact of the disease on New Zealand’s meat and dairy exports.

TB eradication in Molesworth was expected in 2026.

The newly-released figures come after the SPCA initially called for a ban on 1080, saying it was “deeply concerned” over its use, before changing its position and acknowledging there was a “a need for population control of some species”.

Monitoring data by the Department of Conservation has shown that aerial 1080 operations were effective at protecting under-threat native species and restoring forests.

Scientific data collected over more than 60 years had confirmed that, when used in accordance with New Zealand regulations, 1080 presented little risk to humans or the environment, and left no permanent or accumulative residue in water, soil, plants or animals.

However, DoC acknowledged 1080 posed risks to dogs, livestock, deer and pigs if they were in poisoned areas.

SOURCE

https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/rural-life-other/1080-drop-wiped-out-deer-nzs-largest-farm?fbclid=IwAR21mj32AYCd-YZbPLYuyNYw3BVTaeoYbbNdv3JOVF0sLEf6vg_onGb-stQ

 

 

Photo Credit, Molesworth Station: wikipedia

Pest control is big business: 1080, the curious trail of sourcing, manufacture & investment

By Carol Sawyer

1080 POISON/BAIT MANUFACTURE – TULL, ORILLION & PEST CONTROL RESEARCH LTD & 1080 USE … DoC IS ONLY HALF THE PROBLEM!

Newly confirmed information – Orillion’s sales of 1080 baits comprise:

To DoC – 30 to 50% per annum
To Ospri/TBfree – 20 to 30% per annum
To Regional Government – Up to 10% per annum

Predator Free NZ, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), (and maybe the Island Eradication Group) account for the rest it seems.

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ORILLION ANIMAL CONTROL PRODUCTS WHANGANUI

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3) Orillion/ Animal Control Products Ltd, 408 Heads Road, Whanganui

On 9 April, 2019, Claire Ogilvy sent this OIA request to the state-owned factory in Whanganui that makes 1080 baits, Animal Control Products Ltd, trading as ‘Orillion’:

“Can I please get an official response to the following questions:

Where does Animal Control Products Limited currently source the Compound 1080 used in bait manufacture? Are Connell Brothers Ltd still the distributors? If not, who is?

Does Animal Control Products Limited manufacture Compound 1080 itself, or has it ever manufactured Compound 1080 itself, in New Zealand, or had it manufactured on behalf Animal Control Products Limited by any other manufacturer or entity?

How much contingency stock do you hold?”

The very prompt reply is attached.

(If only government departments were so quick to respond, but they usually make us wait to the limit, 20 working days, and then add some.)

This reply engendered further questions… (see screenshots 5 through 8 below).

To me, some of the most important information to come out of the correspondence is this. Why? Because everyone focuses on the Dept of Conservation and what these figures tell us are that DoC is only half the problem!

Orillion’s sales of 1080 baits comprise :

To DoC – 30 to 50% per annum
To Ospri – 20 to 30% per annum
To Regional government – Up to 10% per annum

Presumably Predator Free NZ, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), and maybe the Island Eradication Group account for the rest.

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7. Tull..
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8. Tull..
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(5,6,7,8) OIA correspondence with Orillion

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PEST CONTROL RESEARCH LTD. ROLLESTON

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4) Pest Control Research Ltd, 8 Centrum Lane, Izone Business Park, Rolleston

As well as ACP Ltd/Orillion, there is a factory in Rolleston, near Christchurch, Pest Control Research Ltd/Kiwicare Corporation, that has been manufacturing 1080 baits since mid-2018, when it finally received consent to produce them. Up until that time it had only been making the non-toxic ‘prefeed’ baits.

The Dept of Conservation is now sourcing 50% of its 1080 baits for its ‘Battle For Our Birds’ programme from PCR Ltd, and the other 50% from Orillion.

PCR Ltd (Rolleston) is 49% owned by the West Coast Regional Council and 51% owned by Pest Control Investors Ltd.

Pest Control Investors Ltd has one shareholder, Kumara Trustee Ltd.

Kumara Trustee Ltd has one shareholder, Pest Control Investors Ltd.!

So the investors are well hidden and we do not (at this stage) know who they are.

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The attached response from Animal Control Products Ltd (Orillion) is puzzling in one regard. The correspondent, John ?, says:

“1080 technical grade material has never been made on a commercial scale in New Zealand and Orillion has never been involved in the manufacture of the compound in New Zealand or internationally”

How, then, does this tie in with the written answers to questions from former Green Party leader Jeanette Fitzsimons by Jim Sutton, NZ Parliament, November 2002, where he appears to state pure 1080 was made in NZ – at the very least between 1998 and 2002!? (See below).

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It seems clear that, unlike Orillion, the Rolleston factory, Pest Control Research Ltd, is not sourcing its pure 1080 poison from Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama.

Not only does John ? (ACP Ltd) say today
“We are unaware as to where the source of 1080 for our competitor PCR originates from although China most likely has capability to manufacture” … 

but a reliable source of my own wrote a few days ago”
“Rumours suggest China. There is no way to find out. MPI know but won’t tell, despite Orillion’s source having been widely published by government agencies and others. Questions probably need to be asked.”

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Snippets:

CONNELL BROS INFORMATION

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9) Connell Bros information

1) Here FYI is the Connell Brothers website. They import the pure 1080 into New Zealand from Alabama :

https://www.connellworld.com/locations/new-zealand/

(See screenshot above).

TULL CHEMICAL CO. OXFORD, ALABAMA

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1) An aerial photo of the Tull Chemical Co in Oxford, Alabama

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2) Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama

2) We know from Mandy Ram, a Kiwi living in the USA, that Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama, (Orillion’s supplier), sources the chemicals used to manufacture its pure 1080 poison from China, and that the last shipment of chemicals they received was in January, 2019.

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PHOTOS:

1) An aerial photo of the Tull Chemical Co in Oxford, Alabama
2) Tull Chemical Co, Oxford, Alabama
3) Orillion/ Animal Control Products Ltd, 408 Heads Road, Whanganui
4) Pest Control Research Ltd, 8 Centrum Lane, Izone Business Park, Rolleston
5,6,7,8) OIA correspondence with Orillion
9) Connell Bros information
10,11) Answers to written questions to NZ Parliament by former Green Party leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons, re manufacture of 1080 poison in NZ.

PS I am not attaching all the photos in this email – just the screenshots of the correspondence. “Tull 4” was sent after the first reply ( Tull One ), so they are not in order:

“No funds” for pre 1080 drop possum monitoring at Timaru Creek yet OSPRI can still claim they’ve killed 97% of the population

DEER ARE NOT POSSUMS! 95% OF THE DEER WERE KILLED BY 1080 POISON AT TIMARU CREEK, LAKE HAWEA

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Yesterday, in a Stuff article by Will Harvie, (link at end) we were told:

“At Timaru Creek near Lake Hawea, deer mortality” (from 1080) “was 90-95 per cent.”

On 20 June, 2018, the Timaru Creek area beside Lake Hawea, Central Otago, was aerially poisoned with approximately 10 tonnes of 1080 poison baits, over a 6,825 ha area.

Approximately 40% of the area was to receive poison baits coated in deer repellent, we were told by OSPRI/TBfree at the time. Presumably this happened as Will Harvie goes on to say the deer kill was “50-62 per cent when deer repellent was added to the 1080 bait”

There was NO justification for this 1080 poison drop. It was ostensibly to kill POSSUMS. No pre-drop possum monitoring was done.

OSPRI’s poison “justification” was 5 pigs killed in 2016 near Stodys Hut (the edge of the drop zone) having Tb, and a ferret killed in 2016, 5 kms from the drop zone, and found to have Tb. ( OSPRI said, in its published justifications for the drop, that the ferret was in the drop zone, and then later admitted in response to an OIA request that it was 5 kms from the drop zone.)

NO possums were found to have Tb. Mind you there is absolutely zero empirical scientific evidence to show that possums give bovine Tb to cattle, anyway!!

There are no Tb-infected herds for hundreds of kilometres in any direction.. OSPRI said at the time they don’t have funds to monitor possum numbers before a drop, only money to monitor them afterwards! They said they “assumed” there were enough possums in the drop zone to warrant an aerial 1080 drop !!!!

However despite this, at a recent Upper Clutha Deerstalkers’ Assn meeting, 21 March, 2019, OSPRI Operations Extension officer, Jennifer Lawn stated 97% of the possums in the area had been killed by the 1080 drop. Remember there was NO pre-drop monitoring done ! How, then, can she know this ?

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Is 90%+ deer-kill the “new normal” for 1080 drops ?

On 27 March, 2019, officials confirmed 92% of deer were killed at Molesworth Station in a 2017 1080-drop to kill possums.

Now we have officials confirming 90 to 95% deer killed at Timaru Creek in a 2018 1080-drop to kill possums.

Do you think they have forgotten deer are not possums ?

https://www.stuff.co.nz/…/toxin-1080-killed-90-per-cent-of-…

Photos :

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The map of the drop zone, outlined in red. The yellow area was supposed to have had deer-repellent added to the 1080 baits – so it would only kill 60% of the deer ! – Map from OSPRI

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The drop zone at Timaru Creek itself, and looking across at the area from the shores of Lake Hawea – Photos Carol Sawyer

Authorities fail to display 1080 warning signs & an SPCA rescue dog is fatally poisoned in Taupo Forest

From Stuff.co.nz

A beloved rescue dog was dead within hours after ingesting 1080 poison on an afternoon walk in a Taupo forest last week.

Buster’s owners Stacy and John Lewis are angry about the lack of notification about the drop in Motouapa’s Hatepe forest and say signs were not in place warning of the poison danger.

They said it was every dog owners nightmare- to watch them die in pain.

“He started by peeing inside, which was unusual.” Stacy said.

“Then he went outside for another big pee and starts screaming and running around the house in a blind panic.

“We tackled him and took him outside where he has his first seizure.”

READ MORE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/75996820/null?fbclid=IwAR3dLoy6WyZxg-F-fOaOM0oCc853pEmIzsLCAAmeMBevtPQw3_Oe4zOe_oI

PHOTO CREDIT: Stuff.co.nz

Over 5 years NZ$3 million has been provided by DoC alone to the eight main New Zealand Universities – so how independent is their research?

This article is from the ‘NO to 1080  use in NZ’ facebook page, and points to the conflicts of interest that exist regarding the funding of our universities. Universities that will not be biting the hand that feeds them. There is also funding from OSPRI, EPA and TBFree. So are you still feeling confident that DoC’s research on 1080 is safe & reliable? I’m certainly not. Any research you roll out from the independent scientists is quickly ‘debunked’ by the mainstream media. Some of the ‘debunkers’ write to this site but I decline to air their propaganda. Read the short article below.
docs funding for universities
Who stands to lose?
Who stands to lose the most financially when New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC) finally gets closed down, after being exposed as the corrupt government agency that it is? Sixty four years is a long time for Government departments to be operating without the proper accountability, reviews and transparency that tax-payers deserve to see. DoCs propaganda has been repeatedly protected by so-called ‘experts’ in positions of power.

One of the main sectors benefiting from perpetuating the disinformation about the harm from so-called ‘pest’ species and the ‘safe as a cuppa tea’ propaganda about the risks of 1080 poison in our drinking water and food chain is Higher Education.

Official Information Act (OIA) responses have revealed that over the past 5 years, over NZ$3 million has been provided by DoC alone (additional funds have come from Ospri, TBFree and the EPA etc) to the eight main New Zealand Universities. Massey University has gained the most (nearly $1m), much of this money is in ‘consultancy fees’ (rather than research funding) via their ‘College of Sciences’. Massey has approximately the same number of students as Otago, Victoria and AUT, which begs the question: How are students – our potential future scientists – benefiting from this funding? Clearly there are many staff at Massey and other New Zealand Universities who rely heavily upon DoC cash to support their salaries.

This potential conflict of interest breaks all the rules in terms of staff codes of conduct, ethical research and integrity of scientific facts. Education needs to be as unbiased as possible, not reliant upon conflicts of interest.

When will it end and when will rigorous, independent, valid scientific research into the harm done by 1080 poison operations begin?


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.

And finally, we don’t advocate violence in any way shape or form.

 

 

 

Although officially there are virtually no possums in the area DoC says it’s going ahead with a South Westland 1080 aerial drop anyway which in turn will create a rat plague

CASCADE, HOPE, GORGE RIVER CATCHMENTS – 1080 DROP TO GO AHEAD DESPITE NO POSSUMS!

By Carol Sawyer

A DoC source told me today that the Hope River area had possum monitoring done and the bite cards showed there are virtually no possums in the area. I have been informed that the people who did the monitoring can’t understand why this drop is going ahead, and that DoC were thinking of cancelling it but that now, however, DoC have said that even though there are no possums there, it is too late to stop the drop, and it has to go ahead.

It’s all a bit confusing because it is an OSPRI drop and OSPRI drop 1080 for possums only, but it is also a DoC drop, as it is on DoC managed land and the map says Battle for the Birds and “rat control”. I guess with this method they’ve got a bob each way !

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Of course 1080 poison, as DoC admit themselves, is no good for rat control because after an initial knock back they end up with a rat plague. I have been told by an editor of www.1080science.co.nz that the reason for rat plagues following 1080 drops is that “Nature abhors a vacuum”. After a 1080 drop there is a vacuum, the rats are the fastest breeding creature in the forest, and there is more food available.

“…..increased rat abundance following possum control is a consequence of greater availability of, or reduced competition for, seeds and fruit.”

Here is scientific proof of rat increases after 1080 drops :

“Ship rat demography and diet following possum control in a mixed podocarp–hardwood forest”
https://newzealandecology.org/nzje/2834.pdf

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IN CONCLUSION, the drop will go ahead without justification. It will kill the non-existent possums and cause a rat plague. Good work again, DoC and OSPRI.

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“The treatment area covers up to 31,338ha comprising of land between the Gorge and Jerry Rivers in the south,to the edge of public conservation land on the true left of the lower Cascade River, and part of the Arawhata Conservation Area. The area includes the Cascade, Gorge and Hope Rivers’ catchments.
We wish to advise that this operation is due to take place as soon as practicable from 10 August 2018 onwards, weather dependent.” Jennifer Lawn, OSPRI, 27 July 2018

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Site of DoC’s aerial 1080 drop

Photo (Header image) Ngaire Hart : “Aerial View Mouth of the Cascade River Emptying into the Tasman Sea West Coast South Island New Zealand”

 

 

Despite 4K+ signatures against, a 1080 drop over Luggate, Alice Burn & Luggate Creek is going ahead

By Carol Sawyer

LUGGATE, NR WANAKA, OSPRI AERIAL 1080 POISON DROP GOES AHEAD, 19 JULY, 2018 – INCLUDING INTO THE ALICE BURN AND INTO LUGGATE CREEK

Despite a petition against the Luggate 1080 drop having 4,208 signatures, and a massive effort by some members of the local community to stop this drop, or at the very least have their concerns heard.

Despite the fact that, with no justification, OSPRI walked out of a public meeting, held to discuss the Luggate 1080 drop – a fact backed up in a media report by TBfreeNZ committee member Phil Hunt, who was there at the time.

Despite the fact that they have since destroyed the film they took of that meeting, which would have shown a calm and non-threatening gathering of 30 people, whereas they claimed they walked out over fears for their safety.( They had two security guards – these OSPRI men are mice ).

Despite the fact they have refused consistently to answer Luggate community queries since, ( with OSPRI Operations Extension officer Jennifer Lawn even hanging up the phone on Luggate resident Tracey Morrow, saying she didn’t have time for this conversation).

Despite the fact they have steadfastly refused to do any proper community consultation

Despite all of this and more……the drop goes ahead. These people care nothing for small communities or their concerns

1 ) OSPRI notification of aerial 1080 drop scheduled 19 July, 2018 – Wanaka Sun, 12 July, 2018

2 ) Map of drop zone ( We think ! There have been four maps !)

3 ) Photograph of public meeting in the Lake Wanaka Centre, 31 May, 2018, after OSPRI walked out. Phil Hunt, TBfree NZ committee member tried to assist by answering questions as well as he could.

See here : https://crux.org.nz/…/government-agency-walks-out-of-wanak…/

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NO ONE is allowed to do an epidemiological study in NZ to see how 1080 poison may behave in our populations living within the poison and dust zones

If you draw one up [an epidemiological study] & obtain funding, you will literally be told no one else at your University will have funding, they will have it taken away and your life will be in danger. This is the absolute truth and happened in NZ … Mary Molloy 

Mary Molloy, spokesperson for Farmers Against Ten Eighty ( FATE ) says :

“What is happening in this country? You have just heard that Dr Charlie Baycroft has been threatened by the Health Department for having an opinion which is not supportive of 1080, where else is this influence?

Well numerous farmers are threatened by the Biosecurity Act if they don’t permit the “controls”, poisoning etc by Tbfree. They send in big guys to stand close to you, cut you off and intimidate, this is the norm.

If you say beggar off then you are told that you are the “only ” person with concerns.

Next you are patronised, with you mean well but are not thinking or science based and this is from an organisation which continues to use antiquated testing and fails to declare us Tbfree when we effectively are.

Then a man who came from UK to do a documentary, how many years ago Terry Brownbill? He is unable to sell his doco. to the BBC because our government lied and pressured the BBC – freedom of speech, the press Nada not here for a long time.

Constant persecution of the Graf Boys and refusal to use any of their footage on TV, World recognised films can’t be shown in NZ, why?

Scientists vilified for taking a stance against 1080, called ridiculous names to vilify and destroy their credibillity – their work dries up.

DOC telling lies like 1080 breaks down into salt and vinegar like your crisps really, harmless in water, won’t kill native birds but if it does they will “bounce” back, more crap but believed by most public who live in cities.

Newspaper editors screamed at down the phone by Tb-free propagandists and threatened with the Press Council.

Photographs allegedly produced used by DOC and Tbfree to establish untruths so that people accept insidious poisoning to continue.

1080 dissolves in water, correct but it is not rendered harmless and does not breakdown like DOC and TBfree say, conditions need to be absolutely right temps of 20-30 degrees , in sunlight and still water, where is that in NZ bush?

1080 is biodegradable, rubbish hardly in NZ as organisms that can achieve that (2) are very rare in here.

1080 is safe in water, according to DOC and TBfree but MOH says it is harmful in water.

NO ONE is allowed to do an epidemiological study in NZ to see how this teratogen, class 1a poison may behave in our populations living within the poison and dust zones.

If you draw one up, obtain funding, you will literally be told no one else at your University will have funding, they will have it taken away and your life will be in danger. This is the absolute truth and happened in NZ.

This list is endless and seems hard to fathom, how can this happen in NZ? Well it can and it does, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT? ”

SOURCE at Facebook


Note: don’t expect that extensive links can be provided for this information. Clearly it is from the experience & feedback of the writer and in the realm of information that will not be found in the ‘official’ records. I do hear similar information however from people who email me. Remember also the young woman whose Doctor suspected 1080 poisoning, and subsequently whose heart the NZ lab LOST? Say no more. See our page on suspected 1080 poisoning.
What can you do about it? For starters educate yourself on the independent research (links at the 1080 pages main menu to that, plus search other articles here by using categories & search box) & spread the word on the truths you find. Secondly you could support the upcoming hikoi in whatever way you can starting 14th June 2018. 

EnvirowatchRangitikei

The dubious justification for an imminent 1080 drop at Timaru Creek in Central Otago

“There never was, never is and never can be valid justification for mass slaughter with a universal super toxin. It is chemical warfare. It is ecocide. there is NO justification!” …   (Tom Look Stop 1080 Now FB page)


LATEST NEWS ON TIMARU CREEK AERIAL 1080 POISON DROP, LAKE HAWEA, CENTRAL OTAGO

From Carol Sawyer

After receiving an apology from OSPRI Operations Extension apparatchik, Jennifer Lawn, for saying they had found a Tb-infected ferret in the Timaru Creek 1080 drop zone in 2015-16 when in fact they HADN’T, and with that little creature being part of the justification for the aerial 1080 drop to kill possums, despite no possum monitoring having been done…. ( yes John Cleese would have had fun with this little lot ! )…Alan Galletly has sent Ms Lawn another letter. Because we will probably have to wait the standard 21 working days to receive this obviously terribly overworked poisoner’s reply, I am posting it up here now, along with the apology about the ferret.

As you can see from their printed material the justification for the 1080 drop is ” Tb ferrets ( note plural ) and pigs have recently been detected on the south eastern side”. ‘Recently’ means over two years ago, no Tb infected ferrets have been found in the drop zone, and the pig story is dubious ( see Alan’s letter ). The population of the target animal, the possum, has not been ascertained by OSPRI, who say they only have funds for post-drop monitoring, not pre-drop monitoring.

Sent: Friday, 13 April 2018 1:20 p.m.

Dear Alan,

We need to correct some of the information supplied in response to your previous request.

The infected ferret was found 5km to the south of the planned aerial operation. We apologise for this error.

The correct information was used in the planning of this aerial operation. Your further requests for information have been received and we will respond as soon as possible within the required timeframes.

Yours sincerely,

Jennifer ( Lawn )

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Sent: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:51 a.m.

Dear Jennifer

Thank you for the update regarding the infected ferret.

You state that the correct information was used for planning of this aerial operation yet your printed material available to the public clearly states a TB infected ferret was taken from Timaru Creek.

This was also stated by OSPRI staff at the Hawea Information afternoon.

Clearly this leaves the question , What is the correct scientific information OSPRI have planned this aerial operation on? Is it based solely on the assumption the feral pigs were living in Timaru Creek ?

The assumption these pigs were infected by possum carcases solely from Timaru Creek? The assumption that there is a large population of TB infected possums in Timaru Creek?

All these assumptions aren’t enough evidence to plan an aerial poison drop on surely without solid scientific evidence to back them?

Could you please confirm the infected pigs actually came from the planned drop zone.

It has come to my attention that these pigs were shot in the vicinity of Stodys Hut which I believe is on the edge of the drop zone.

As this hut is near the ridge line there is no certainty that the pigs were in fact living in the Timaru Creek catchment but may have crossed the ridge line from Lake Hawea Station country.

The timing of when these pigs were shot also suggests this as at that time of year feral pigs prefer warmer , dryer country.

It would be unlikely for them to frequent the shady side or lower country in this catchment at this time of year.

It is clear OSPRI is assuming these feral pigs were living in Timaru Creek when in fact they may not have been correct.

Regards

Alan Galletly

Photos :

1 ) Photo DoC- Breast Hill track, overlooking Lake Hawea and Hawea township, above Timaru Creek area. (Header image)

2 ) From OSPRI information leaflet on Timaru Creek aerial 1080 poison drop

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3) Map of drop zone

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Stop on the Kapiti 1080 Drop?

That balanced biodiversity (Kapiti Island’s) is still a dream on the mainland, but in the first months of 2018, it will come significantly closer after a TBfree aerial 1080 possum control operation knocks down possums and rats across a large chunk of TB vector risk area – 11,000 hectares of bush and forest along the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, between the Akatarawa Road in the south and the Otaki River in the north. Michelle Edge OSPRI CEO December  2017

Not happening apparently

By Roger Childs

READ MORE

http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/stop-on-the-kapiti-1080-drop/