THE INCREDIBLE LETTER BELOW HAS BEEN PREPARED BY DOCTORS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT 1080 POISON BEING DEPOSITED IN DRINKING WATER
Open letter to the Government, Friday, 21st September 2018.
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.
In the quiet of New Zealand forests, hidden from public view, tens of thousands of animals are dying. Screaming. Squealing. Writhing. Convulsing. Fluttering. Suffering. These animals have been poisoned by helicopter drops of lethal 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison baits.
These poison baits are dropped by New Zealand government to target rats, stoats and possums. But the poisons are indiscriminate, and can cruelly kill any animals who ingest baits or a poisoned carcass.
Animals killed include *wild deer, bleeding from body orifices, organs engorged, blood vessels bursting. *endangered parrots -kea (77% of monitored kea killed at N. Okarito; 40% at Fox Glacier); birds (morepork owls, flightless weka, kaka, falcons…); bees; intertebrates; wild pigs, goats, rabbits, hares, chamois (goat-antelope), tahr, wallabies. And on farms and rural residences, dogs, cats, sheep, cattle, and even horses succumb as bykill of the aerial poisoning war on ‘pests’.
Forest and Bird states “1080 poisoning is a humane way to kill mammalian pests.”
‘Highly toxic’ according to the manufacturer’s 1080 data sheet which also warns: Do not burn the product as highly toxic hydrogen fluoride gas may be released. The Horowhenua DC didn’t even know there had been a fire until one week later.
FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES:
The pellets have a low flammability risk unless pre-heated, however the thermal decomposition (burning) of products containing sodium fluoroacetate (1080) releases
hydrogen fluoride gas which is very toxic. Emergency response and firefighting measures for major fires should be taken only by trained professionals using SCBA. Evacuation of adjacent and downwind premises will be necessary in the case of large fires involving 1080 products. Hazchem is 2XE. Data Sheet
The article below doesn’t clearly state whether the baits were burned or not although it’s stated there was no risk to environment or health as “all run-off associated with putting out the fire was contained onsite”. So there was contaminated water presumably but what of the air? Was anybody reading this warned of any inherent breathing dangers during the fire?One person on social media has reported health effects including headaches, kidney pains, nausea and tiredness. I assume they wish to remain anonymous as they’ve not responded to my questions.
According to the data sheets, storers should DEFINITELY be letting people in near proximity know about stored 1080,at the very least by signage, and the Fire Chiefs should be notified so if there is a fire they won’t be endangered by 1080 contact. An OIA request by NO to 1080 use in NZ has revealed that the HDC (Horowhenua DC) did not know of the fire until a week later! (See article below). * Curious given they are all under the same umbrella.
If you live in the vicinity of where this fire took place and you have unexplained health issues from that date (19 January 2018) this could shed some light on things… you should seek medical help. Symptoms of poisoning from the data sheet are as follows: Nausea, vomiting, tingling and numbness in face and hands, stomach pains, apprehension and anxiety. Later Symptoms: Muscular twitching, blurred vision, mental confusion. Severe Symptoms: Coma, convulsions
This all highlights the dangers of storage of this poison. Were any Horowhenua people warned that 1080 was stored in Levin? I’m keen to hear. This is particularly important if the storage site is in or adjacent to residential areas without the public knowing, as per the recent discovery in the Whitianga CBD. In that instance a person in a neighbouring house could smell the cinnamon from the baits as they were being unloaded (described in the video here), and not in accordance with DoC’s own rules.
It must be remembered that sodium monofluoroacetate (Compound 1080) is a World Health Organisation Class 1A Eco-toxin, with no known antidote, and banned in most countries.
Note to Horowhenua & Kapiti residents:There was to be an aerial drop of 1080 further south of Levin some time this month (Feb 2018) however this may not happen it seems. DoC’s website will have details of that. Educate yourself on the dangers of 1080 because mainstream is not. Watch the doco ‘Poisoning Paradise’ … you’ll learn some truth about 1080 in our waterways and the non removal of carcasses from those by the authorities. More than just target species are killed and many folk have lost their pet dogs to 1080. See our 1080 pages and search for articles on topic under ‘categories’ at left of the front page.
Here are the articles from mainstream about the Levin fire:
A fire at Horizons Regional Council’s pest control depot in Levin has sparked an investigation.
Controversial pest control poison 1080 was stored in a Levin depot that was burgled and torched last week.
The fire tore through the Horizons Regional Council depot on Thursday night, destroying equipment and melting vehicles.
Fire services put out the blaze, but police said there were also signs of a burglary.
Horizons Regional Council chief executive Michael McCartney said the council was alerted to the fire early on Friday morning.
Manawatu Detective Sergeant Philip Skoglund said someone had cut through the yard’s wire fence the same night, and the building had been forced open.
“There looks like there may have been some items removed but we are not sure what they are,” he said.
Skoglund said the burglar may have forced access to a commercial fridge but that was yet to be determined.
“At this point it looks to be suspicious,” he said.
A neighbour said he believed that the refrigerator contained 1080 but, after questions from the Horowhenua Chronicle, McCartney confirmed on Tuesday 1080 was held in a secure pesticide store in the building, though not in the fridge.
He said Horizons was still taking an inventory of items after the fire, but “all run-off associated with putting out the fire was contained onsite and there are no environmental or health concerns”.
* Hot off the press and highly relevant as a follow-up to the Whitianga court case: An OIA response from Mid Central DHB regarding the fire in the warehouse in Levin last month, which contained 1080 poison, has revealed that the council did not know about the fire until the newspaper reports a week later!The Medical Officer of Health (who is required to make the call about whether an evacuation or other action is an advisable precaution for local residents’ safety), was therefore not even aware of the potential dangers.
Quote: ” In this particular incident, our service (DHB) was not notified by Fire and Emergency New Zealand; we became aware of the event through a subsequent media release. No information was supplied to the Medical Officer of Health at the time of the fire, and consequently no risk assessment was undertaken.”
This beggars belief at the level of incompetence that continues to put us all in danger. We do not know how MUCH poison was stored there, but under the new H&S legislation, there could have been up to 99 tonnes of cereal bait stored without any notification to Fire and Emergency NZ.
Here’s a thought: What would have happened if the 1080 poison stored at Whitianga CBD had caught light, with supermarkets, cars and houses all around it? Wouldn’t we assume that a H&S and firefighters’ protocol had been followed and an emergency call had been made to the local council and DHB Medical Officer? Time is of the essence in events like this, which can change in an instant.
Has NOTHING been learned from that tragic event in 1984 (p7 at the link) where the fire in ICI’s hazardous chemicals warehouse in Auckland caused so much harm (and maybe still is today, through contamination of the site, landfill and water)?
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Horowhenua’s Mayor Michael Feyen has posted on his FB page a video saying this will be investigated. He has historically been a whistleblower prior to becoming Mayor and currently, if you follow the HDC events, is frequently asked by HDC councillors to resign. Our Local Govt Watch pages provide info on that. Watch for more updates.
For further info on the still unfolding Whitianga incident over stored 1080 go here. Or use categories (left of page) or the search box.
This is becoming a regular occurrence going by similar other reports & posts we’ve featured here. Poisoning Paradise would be correct (see Graf Boys’ video of that name). Still our deluded leaders continue to promote us as clean and green. LGNZ is currently advertising a handy app to make it easy for you to see which of the 40% that’s left of swimmable rivers is ok for you to take a dip in. Whatever way you look at it somebody manages to make a dollar or two out of the whole farcical debacle. This product (1080) is a deadly poison! All I can conclude here is take care folks if you plan tramping in the bush this holiday. Watch also what you catch and eat. Check out our 1080 page for links to further info. EnvirowatchRangitikei
“It was like big hail drops hitting the water around us,” said New Zealand trout fishing guide Scott Murray who is a co-owner of River Haven Lodge near Murchison.
It was no ordinary hail storm. The ‘big hail drops’ were toxic 1080 pellets.
The 1080 drop was a joint effort by Ospri for possum “control” and the Department of Conservation’s “Battle for Our Birds” predator control programme. It was December 2, 2016 when Scott and his two guests helicoptered into the Mokihinui River that enters the Tasman Sea north of Westport on the west coast of NZ’s South Island. The upper reaches in the river’s north and south branches are of wilderness character. Also in the area the same day was Zane Mirfin a Nelson guide and two guests. Zane Mirfin’s Californian client was incredulous when Zane explained what the aerial bombardment with 1080 pellets was about.
Here is an article from 2007, and the drops continue, in spite of the clear scientific evidence it is not beneficial to our ecosystem. One has to ask, what, aside from profits, is their agenda?
“We have audited Department of Conservation scientific research and produced an 88-page monograph reviewing more than 100 scientific papers.
The results are startling and belie most of the department’s claims.
First, there is no credible scientific evidence showing that any species of native bird benefits from the dropping of tonnes of 1080 into our forest ecosystems
Second, considerable evidence exists that DoC’s aerial 1080 operations are doing serious harm” Quinn and Patricia Whiting-O’Keefe
Scientists, Quinn and Patricia Whiting-O’Keefe: “Poison facts belie the claims”
There is now a familiar litany of scientifically insupportable claims about what great things aerial 1080, a universal poison, is doing for our forest ecosystems. The people of New Zealand have a right to know the truth about what the scientific evidence shows.
We have audited Department of Conservation scientific research and produced an 88-page monograph reviewing more than 100 scientific papers.
The results are startling and belie most of the department’s claims.
First, there is no credible scientific evidence showing that any species of native bird benefits from the dropping of tonnes of 1080 into our forest ecosystems, as claimed by the department and Kevin Hackwell. There is certainly no evidence of net ecosystem benefit.
We have repeatedly challenged DoC and Mr Hackwell, a representative of the Forest and Bird Society, to come forward with the hard scientific evidence for their “dead forest” claims. They have not.
Second, considerable evidence exists that DoC’s aerial 1080 operations are doing serious harm, as one would expect, given that 1080 is toxic to all animals. It kills large numbers of native species of birds, invertebrates and bats.
Moreover, most native species are completely unstudied. In addition considerable evidence shows there are chronic and sublethal effects to vertebrate endocrine and reproductive systems, possibly including those of humans.
Third, DoC claims that one can drop food laced with 1080, a universal poison (World Health Organisation classification “1A extremely hazardous”) indiscriminately into a semi-tropical forest ecosystem and only negatively affect one or two target “pest” species. That is counterintuitive and scientifically improbable.
Fourth, as far as we can determine no other country in the world is doing (or has ever done) anything remotely similar – mass poisoning of a semi-tropical ecosystem on the scale that the department is now doing to ours.
Fifth, and perhaps most disturbing, is that what the department-sponsored research shows has been habitually misrepresented – entirely unjustifiable assertions regarding 1080’s benefits and lack of harm.
Statements like those of Mr Hackwell that the forests will be “dead” without poisoning them with 1080, and from John McLennan (Landcare Research) and Al Morrison (Director General of DoC) that 1080 is existentially necessary to Kiwis is pure demagoguery and scientific nonsense.
What is at risk by continuation of this extraordinary practice – and it is unique in the world – is the ecological integrity of our forest ecosystems, our reputation as an environmentally sane and responsible country, and our existence as a society in which reason and rationality can triumph over bureaucratic prerogative and budgetary gain.
Since Galileo Galilee first discovered the moons of Jupiter in the 17th century, the way to resolve this kind of disagreement has been to do the experiment and examine the evidence, and that is precisely what we urge everyone to do.
Don’t believe DoC. Don’t believe Mr Hackwell. Don’t believe us – believe the evidence. To that end we will provide a copy of our report and the source scientific research papers to all who would like to read them.
* Quinn and Patricia Whiting-O’Keefe are retired scientists.
The Auckland Council stated in its pacifying document that it used “highly accurate GPS application technology to apply bait”.
The truth is that GPS technology was used to ensure every stream and watercourse within the drop boundaries were spread with 1080 poison.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service set conditions “to protect human health”, and also helped with the “drinking water monitoring plan”, stated Auckland Council in a project document. However, it’s sobering to note that in 2008 the Ministry of Health stated “To date there are no known epidemiological studies that have been carried out in relation to 1080 and potential adverse health effects on humans.” It’s now 2016, and still no studies on chronic impacts have been done, but the areas the poison is being dropped into our environment continues to increase ….
See the GrafBoys’ channel at Youtube & their website called tv-wild.com for further info & research.
A reader comments:
“It’s worth noting too that when a Forestry firm sprayed “Release” spray (to keep base of new planting seeds weed free). After a heavy rain event the spray was found to have washed into 3 of the 4 water reservoirs used for Auckland water.As a result water was stopped from being used for 4 months.Yet when 1080 was dropped over the Hunuas, water was NOT stopped!” 16 August 2018
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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.
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).”