So this assault in 2018 was unprovoked, had two witnesses, all on camera, was dismissed by the judge & the person assaulted is left with some $24K in costs. Do you think ‘they’ might be sending environmentalists a message here? Remember how in another Court scenario regarding the 1080 drop around Auckland’s Hunua Ranges water supply, DoC’s lawyers asked the judge that their scientist not be questioned? Strange request isn’t it? And equally strange that any judge would grant such a request don’t you think?
This man simply showed up where bags of 1080 pellets were being unloaded (without compliance to all of the safety regulations). A Class 1A Ecotoxin was being stored without public knowledge in the CBD of Whitianga, right adjacent to peoples’ homes and to food outlets. To read more on that debacle go here.
Observing DoC’s guards in the header image above it seems a far cry from conservation & saving birds doesn’t it? Especially when you hear their 1080 poison was responsible for killing 10K birds in one of their South Island drops alone. I could mention more like the 600 odd sheep and the 345 deer as well. DoC’s operations are frequently looking very gung ho. Environmentalists simply want an end to all of the poison & the accusations of violence by them are simply wild exaggerations.
There are better ways to conserve our environment. They are dropping this poison aerially in places that are easily trapped. They are also wiping out our native birds. The birds fared very well prior to poison & particularly prior, I would venture to say, to the presence of the poisoners. Witness the extinction of the native Huia. And now we have the Kea near to extinction.
Really, what have they learned in 60 plus years of poisoning?
Watch the GrafBoys’ coverage of this incident in the video below:
Published on Feb 20, 2018
Graeme Sturgeon vs the Crown – On the 20th February 2018, in the Thames District Court, Graeme Sturgeon had charges made against him by the Crown, dismissed. Here’s his post-decision interview ..
Remember this? (As the media continues to assault the truth with more claims of violence):
Some truth on the alleged threats to DoC staff: an OIA request to Police reveals 9 in the last 31 months, DoC says 93 last month
Photos supplied by Carol Sawyer