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New Zealand values its 100% pure, clean green reputation. It values being an extreme sports and outdoor recreational capital in the world. It values its fame as the scenic dream, the mystical land of Lord of the Rings.   It values its reputation for humanity to animals.

New Zealand government and businesses are sensitive to world opinion and to action steps you take to get their attention. Be part of the fellowship of the people: join in the collective howl on behalf of animal welfare.

We the citizens of the world request that New Zealand Parliament institute an immediate moratorium on 1080 poison due to its extreme cruelty to animals. ‘

We ask for a permanent ban on compound 1080 (aka sodium monofluoroacetate aka sodium fluoroacetate) poison.

Post your name, the location you are from, and action steps you are taking.

Your action steps will be printed and submitted to government.

Read each others comments for ideas. Plus see the IDEAS FOR ACTION page for traditional and innovative way to increase public pressure. Every step no matter how  small counts.  Name by name, step by step, we build momentum. When we the people lead, the leaders follow.

Comment: Include your name, location, and self-chosen action step. (If under 18, please include your age. Kid power is powerful too!)

 

“I’m helping a friend organise the first Paws4acause parade.” A Parkinson, Motueka Valley, NZ

“We helped with the set up and the design of the website paws4acausenz.com.” Jacqueline Hammer, Germany and Kaisu Karvonen, Finland

“I wrote a school paper on 1080 to educate my classmates.” Tia Winkler-Stringer, age 14, Motueka Valley, NZ

 

 

101 comments

  1. Tony Broad says:

    DOC is threatening (well promising, really) to drop 1080 in our water
    catchment next month.
    Could I ask you take a moment to sign our petition to try
    to get it stopped?

    And if you could circulate it to your friends, that would be great too.

    Just signed your petitions today.

    We are facing an imminent 1080 drop in our backyard – and water catchment.

    Read about the update “Killer 1080 MUST be STOPPED…” below, and join
    me in supporting this campaign by signing the petition!

    https://www.change.org/p/lou-sanson-stop-the-1080-drop-scheduled-2-september-2014-around-tira-ora-estate-pelorus-sound-people-and-animals-live-here

    Thanks!

    Tony and Annebeth Broad

  2. Dee Mcilroy says:

    I have been going about trying to re-educated the public about the Dangers to our NZ wildlife in regards to 1080 poison drops. Please support me in my endevours to protect Our wildlife and that includes our brushtail possum. In my 30+yrs in Studying the Possum they are Earths Sanitizers and have been Sanitizing Our Earth for over 70 million years. I care about all the wildlife in this Country and the use 1080. The use of 1080 poison drops are inhumane on all counts of animal cruelty. It is time to Ban its use for good and Now is the time to do that. So if the petition doesnt work then I sugest We take the Stand and Protest like we have never protested before or our wildlife is in deep trouble and they will suffer to the extreme and we will loose our wildlife if this impresidented amount of 1080 is droped!!!! Everyone who has a heart need to come together has a Country and as a people and Stop this fiasco for good!!!

    Please come and join the fb page ” Domesticate the Brushtail Possum in NZ. Protect them like every other Country and stop the cruelty towards the possum for this is why the Govt seem to warrent the use of 1080.

    I am an extremely concerned New Zealand Citizen.

    • Shane Anderson says:

      I agree, we live with them in Aus and the tree flowering is stunning. NZ must stop filling their forest and Water Catchments up with Highly Reactive and Long Lasting ‘Fluorine’. The number of Possums in NZ’s Poisoned Forests is Low. The birds can’t live in Poisoned Forests either. (Flourine is taken up through tree roots and leaves, Poisoning their food). Rats and mice increase for a while because the Raptor birds like Morepork, Hawks etc have been killed off.

    • Astrid Windhoek says:

      You obviously don’t understand the problem that pests such as possums and rats pose in New Zealand. I guess you sympathise with possums because they are cute and furry – I would hazard a guess that you wouldn’t be so fond of wasps and mosquitoes which are also major pests. Why don’t you animal rights people organise some way to send possums back to Australia which is where they belong? Hint: it would be a very difficult process as possums often harbour bovine TB and Australia is bovine TB free. Still, put your money where your mouths are and you may come up with a solution. Also I find it ironic that you are for the rights of all (mammalian?) animals and yet pal up with deer shooters who kill them for fun. For your information deer may look sweet and cuddly but do a great deal of damage to New Zealand forests. Perhaps you think a forest is just a bunch of trees and it doesn’t matter what trees they are as long as the pests can run around somewhere.

      • paws4acausenz@yahoo.com says:

        Dear Astrid, The organisers of Paws are New Zealanders (as well as global friends) and we do understand the issues being faced. Deer hunters, by the way,
        do not shoot deer for ‘fun’. When an animal is killed by a bullet it is a quick death and the animal is utilised to sustain life. It is not like a 1080 death where the animal suffers for days and then becomes a toxic time bomb for weka, kea and other carrion eaters. If you study the history of the moa and how much browse they consumed (before they were made extinct), you would know that browsing is a natural occurrence in a healthy forest. I agree that excess (of anything) can create imbalance, thus humans now play a role in the balance. A hunted deer is a specific target. A 1080 poison drop kills far more than possums, rats and stoats.

      • Jude Atkins says:

        The trouble is that we have idiots in NZ that believe DOC’s scientist that fail to tell the public the truth about 1080 and its by kill… They tried to do that to a few idiot people on D’Urville Island until they were challenged by the other 90% of intelligent landowners which proved there reports were wrong… These so called scientists need to be challenge by the rest of the world… Name AN shame…

  3. Lenora Morford says:

    How can New Zealand still buy into this craziness dropping poison from the sky? What century are you in? With New Zealand’s clean reputation, how can you continue this nonsense? I was planning to visit NZ in the future, but I cannot now until you get your act together. I thought you were a democracy that listens to the majority of your citizens. I am sad to hear it is still all about the rich and powerful.

    Lenora Morford
    Chugiak, Alaska

  4. We are presenting our new alternative to community and DOC at the D’Urville Island residents meeting in 36 hours.

    All our details are contained within the below presentation. any comment, help, support your imaginations allow is always gratefully received. This is our contribution to the anti 1080 situation but more importantly our contribution to the Whole. If you read this and consider/contemplate or imagine it at work…Thank you.
    D’Urville Island Residents Association Meeting 28th May 2014.

    Re proposed 1080 usage by DOC.

    Kia Ora, my name is Steve McClellan.
    I am attending this meeting as a concerned resident, as a co director and shareholder of Whareatea Ltd, and as a co Trustee of the Mahoerangi Environmental Education Trust. I also undertake various efforts in my role as a joint CEO of the Nation of Waitaha.
    I have lived in the Marlborough Sounds for over twenty years. For twenty years I have been a part of a combined effort and direction towards caring for the environment we live within.

    Our path became very focused following a 1080-drop in Nydia Bay in the Pelorus Sound. Our walk through the forests the following morning impressed a stark reality upon our very souls. As members of the Nydia Bay Residents we had argued against this horror happening full on, toe-to-toe at times and with the best of our ability. This earlier protest was motived by research, studies and reports received that questioned the ecological viability of 1080 usage. I could alarm you and create anxiety by going through, all the arguments, reasoning, reports, research, results, movies and presentations available, all the questions that are being asked and why.
    We have learnt such argument and protest is not beneficial to the aim of achieving an agreeable, viable and realisable alternative solution.

    By the time the next Nydia Bay cyclic 1080-drop was being notified and discussed we had conceived a potential solution, an option, as an alternative.

    With support as a department and as individuals, from our local DOC associates, we received the opportunity to put this solution to the test. We succeeded. It is this successful solution that encouraged us to develop, improve, expand and commit our lives to.
    This solution was the best way we could see or imagine, where we could create a mechanism using all we had at our disposal that is of benefit to the environment and everyone involved, directly or remotely, with the potential to be generational in its endeavours and ability.
    We have all asked the question of many “what’s wrong with it”. Many have pondered this question to this day and not one person out of thousands from all walks of life, age’s, and experience have been able to come up with one single thing against it.

    It is an old way, one that is simple, ethical and honest adapted to suit the systems and mechanisms of today. With national and international feedback, 100% positive, we are honour and spiritually bound to continue committing all we have to perusing this solution.
    If anyone can give us something of greater benefit to direct our experience and efforts towards we will certainly consider it.

    We created a lodge that was named “Te Mahoerangi” and she stood before our sacred mountain. Some very hard-core supporters plus additional volunteers from every country on the planet built the facilities created at Te Mahoerangi. It cost us $1.2 million dollars, 9 years of jugging and hard work by many.
    The project was nominated twice for the BBC world challenge, many articles were written in various magazines, newspapers, even one in Aussie and much on social media, and last year on mainland TV.
    There were also a very large percentage of the guests that left smiling, some in tears, all with a greater, strengthened environmental love, connection and awareness. It became a must do location, on overseas guests itineraries.
    The reason they came was because of why it was there.
    It was the concept that attracted the growing international and national eco tourism market. A very important and valuable point of difference!
    Allowing an annual 100% growth rate.

    Many times we heard “we want this, people want this”. Te Mahoerangi was created solely to support the pest control requirements of DOC without the use of 1080 with the aim of advancing beyond this bottom line requirement.

    It supported the trappers with all their plant, facilities and equipment requirements, their personal needs, their health and comfort needs and they got paid when they succeeded with the best possum reduction score ever as our DOC guys have attested to. Whareatea help pay for this.
    Our business efforts in Havelock at the same time, involving the operation of the Rutherford Lodge, were also successful. This operation of the trust directed its profits to the community via the young ones, by helping to provide safe fun places and events that included trips to the environment, clean ups of the foreshore to the point kids were walking the streets with rubbish bags cleaning up after the adults, for no other reason than they decided to, without any suggestion or prompting. Many of the older ones wanted to learn stuff, a lodge offered all kinds of activities and aspects for them to have a go at, from computer bookings, speaking to and welcoming guests, decorating, landscaping, building, the list goes on.
    This business also offered work and supported local businesses with our business creation and operational needs.

    Everyone benefited.

    It was in this commitment, belief, focus and method that led to the Mahoerangi Environmental Education Trust finally being established on the 28th June 2006.

    By 2009 the trustees and the trust had become stretched too thin and we were required to make a choice. We chose to sell Te Mahoerangi and the Rutherford Lodge and undertook to create a larger, more beneficial example of our eco business solution at our island home of Whareatea, to start from scratch again. We purchased the land in Whareatea bay in 1999 but due to the commitment required in Nydia Bay and Havelock we could only undertake the odd, never long enough visits when on various required missions to Whareatea.

    We arrived on the beach 4 years ago and took it from there.

    The previous efforts and circumstances made our starting point one of having to deal with several millions of dollars in mortgage commitment that we had accumulated.
    Selling a few residential titles and input from trustees this threat has been reduced 90% enabling us to now pursue establishment of our next financial eco engine.
    All our previous experience with eco business has been in Eco tourism related businesses.
    Our initial intent at Whareatea was to again pursue this steadily growing lucrative market.

    In a remote island situation, with the aims we have, the supporting infrastructure is required first. Basics like access, communications, power, water, sanitary facilities, worker accommodation, gardens, workshops for maintenance and building needs, office, tracks, roads, plant and equipment etc. this being our secondary focus since we arrived. To allow more worker support on site the infrastructure has to be adequate to support the needs of that workforce.
    The creation of these initial stages are part of the hard yards and the implementation come’s down to a few very committed people willing to work in such conditions.
    The infrastructure is an expanding aspect as it improves in efficiency and ability and grows to support the growth of ability.

    In very recent times international awareness and concern for one of the many threats to human kinds survival has been recognised and this threat is very prevalent in worldwide discussion at many levels. That is the worldwide collapse of bee colonies. Collapse due to many factors that include the ignorant or arrogant indiscriminate use of pesticides. We all know 1080 was initially developed as a pesticide, a very effective one!
    In the last couple of years New Zealand institutions have also been undertaking research and studies of this very threat to survival.
    In the recent months reports have been published showing a 90% reduction in our wild bee population. Our commercial population also has to deal with these same threats but are being managed by apiarists and ongoing research. This is this latest very real environmental scare that has had the Trust review our type of business direction.
    Many years ago a friend beekeeper spent time at Whareatea and advised us then we should consider bees and honey as a financial eco engine.
    Existing commitments as explained did not allow us to do more than consider and research this potential.
    The recent worldwide bee collapse threat combined with our situation and aims prompted us to delve deeper, study, undertake training, qualifications, consultants, advisors, costing’s, predictions, variables and scenarios, potential benefits, potential threats, all logistics considered for the installation of a bee industry based at Whareatea.

    We all recognise or appreciate the threat to our birds, insects, plants, earth and waterways that invasive introduced harmful pests represent.
    Rats, stoats, wild cats etc., like you we want them gone. We want them gone and stay gone, but as cleanly as possible.
    We take the stance of environment first, economics second.
    This is position our DOC associates are not given, as they are committed to work within very tightly controlled annual political budgets and policies.

    From our situation and perspective within the bee industry, one of the threats to growth is the invasive wasp.

    As residents of the sounds we know only to well all about wasp seasons.

    If you study reports on wasps, one factor most find hard to imagine is the weight of biomass in our top of the south island beech forests that the invasive wasp represents.
    It can exceed and regularly does the combined biomass of all insects, birds and introduced mammals combined, that includes deer, pigs, cats, stoats, rats and mice, per hectare.
    That’s one large hungry stomach feeding off our forests resources. Not only do they try to eat every insect moving, they attack our small birds and also can take as much as 97% of the honey dew produced in the beech forests away from them.
    They also attack bees and raid honey, not a good thing for apiarists.

    Our Marlborough DOC has undertaken a lot of good work in this area and the published results, mainly from the Lake Rotoiti Land Island have been very helpful to others and us.
    The costing’s, logistics, results and evaluations have shown us that it is viable economically to direct the profit from Honey production to the control of wasps initially. This is our aim.

    Most are aware of the value and benefits of Manuka and Kanuka honey as we are. This is a growing market and we are working to gain an ever-increasing return from the regeneration forests of Whareatea.

    The greater percentage of our islands native reserve and cloak is represented as beech forest. If the wasp is removed not only does our insect life abound but also the honeydew available to our native birds is dramatically increased, a high-energy food supply many require for abundant survival.
    An abundance that a percentage of, the honeybees can harvest and turn into honeydew Honey.
    Honeydew honey is a honey market that is now growing in volume and value at an export and local level.
    We see and know this and as a result have determined to spend our profit on these wasp controls, as DOC has achieved at Lake Rotoiti we can also achieve, a consistent 93% reduction in wasp population within and beyond the boundaries of Whareatea. Wasps will reinfest at a calculable progressive rate.

    With consistent annual profits directed towards wasp control the expenditure required annually for this, would be a diminishing overhead, along with growth of profit, which in turn will allow funding to be redirected and increased towards the control of Rats, Stoats and wild cats. This is the aim and path we have adopted.
    We are at the stage of being ready to receive our first built/brooded and producing hives at the end of June early July subject to Johnsons Barges schedule. We undertook last year to develop the hives on the mainland.
    This effort included external training and the qualifying of our resident head beekeeper.
    We are to be ready for the forth-coming season on the island with the expectation of having our initial 6 square kilometres of wasp control beginning at the start of spring. We have already undertaken enough successful test controls that mirror the results DOC have achieved to be able to calculate the logistics/time and costs for a given area of our type of terrain.
    We see the efforts at Whareatea as the creation and implementation of another proven, viable, ecologically sound and economically adept method to achieve the aims of the trust.

    The Mahoerangi Environmental Education Trust shows Papatuanuku as the sole benefactor.
    The trust stipulates “All profits derived from its activities are directed to Wages, Training, Equipment, Facilities, Education and Research for the Care, Preservation and Restoration of our lands natural clean environment.”

    This is a pretty simple old way of servicing needs only and returning profits within a beneficial system. Beneficial gains over the environmental gains are such things as growing employment capacity, investment in local business to meet the initial and ongoing requirements, enhanced business marketing opportunities and clientele growth for any and all businesses established within or around such a natural clean environment of growing natural abundance. We cannot imagine any environmentally ethical business that would not benefit in some form.

    This is what we are up to, why and how. We will eventually expand our business activities to cater for the growing environmental tourism, connection and awareness and education markets as opportunities allow. We have four residential titles at Whareatea designated for such purposes. We are also selling two residential sites at the northern end of the property to raise further funds, to remove remaining debt and increase investment in the expansion of our bee ability and thereby our environmental gains and benefits.
    The Trust had planned to present to our DOC friends, the actual operational working bee model, as opposed to an advised initial investment in people catering facilities, as a part of the ongoing conversation we are having with them regarding our ability to be of help towards achieving our mutual environmental goals.

    The obvious concern our DOC team have for the Rat/Stoat impact on our islands birds appears to have prompted the department’s consideration of the use of 1080 to reduce negative impact.

    Recent awareness of the considered use of 1080 as an option to reducing this environmental threat to our birds prompted and directed us to consider presenting another solution that we know is viable.

    Our model worked in Nydia Bay, is underway in Whareatea on a larger scale with the initial target being the reduction of the biomass of wasps to similar levels DOC obtain using the same methods.
    Thus the pest impact on our bird’s survival ability is in turn greatly reduced. Plus our insect life breathes a sigh of relief. This is large initial, and more importantly an ongoing relief, off setting the impact rats and stoats represent to our bird life.
    As I have outlined the wasp control is a decreasing expenditure demand therefore allowing redirection of funding into other areas.

    One of the areas we as a trust are working towards for Whareatea is expenditure in technology and development of integrated, consistent, targeted and monitored trapping systems.

    The technological advancements in trapping methods and targeting methods are expanding and improving. It is our opinion the efficient and effective product required has not yet been achieved and further development and investment is required in this area. We have taken this idea or avenue to the point we have professors of departments of New Zealand universities willing to utilise our idea as a thesis for masters.
    We believe existing work and advancements, with development, modification and adaption will result in a serviceable, viable, permanent trapping network that can be adjusted to specific targets such as rat’s, stoats and wildcats. We are working towards a serviced trapping network that can also obtain and relay environmental conditions in a way never before achieved. The technology exists but has never been utilised in this direction, combination or manner.
    Such a system requires ongoing funding to develop, install, service and manage and this requires consistent funding to achieve increasing environmental benefits. Environmental growth and benefit that is not achievable with the cyclic requirements and results of 1080 usage.
    We believe an achievable trapping system that allows the consistent reduction of targeted pest elements in our forests and at the same time providing the unhampered growth in birds and insects that are not subject to becoming cyclic collateral damage due to the cyclic increase in pest threats and cyclic pest control threats is achievable and worth the effort.

    We ask you to imagine this Whareatea concept and process using bees initially, be expanded to being able to assist DOC to take care of the Islands reserve and any other related areas as a whole.

    We have the ability to produce and provide costing’s, logistics, time frames, professional conservative cash flow forecasts and growth projections etc. to show it can be done, for discussion.
    With the view that the ability for this model to be a realisable tool to achieve the environmental care aims of the Trust, many of the Departments pest control and restoration aims and the wishes of our community.

    We know our expansion of ability would take time on our own, but in the belief we will achieve this goal we did such things as own D’Urville Island.org.nz and Ecotourism.org.nz when we saw the potential marketing and support power of the internet and social media 12 years ago. This power has been proven beyond our then imagination.
    We have also directed our accountants, Johnson and Associates to have a new charitable trust registered as the D’Urville Island Trust in readiness for our planned environmental care support activities beyond Whareatea.
    We spent last June discussing this exact model being incorporated in Northland in conjunction with Nga Puhi and Waitaha for their collective environmental and community benefit desires and aims. A good friend within Nga Puhi is currently instigating a beneficial system on family lands in Kerikeri as a seed for growth in this direction.

    We believe with the additional varied support of our neighbours, the resources of local and if required imported personnel, funding to get this concept established, producing and thereby profiting the environment, with its consistent growth of ability to expand, to develop techniques and strategies, to achieve the mutually desired outcome of Iwi, DOC, ethical business interests and lifestyle interests, is worth thinking about, considering and investigating.

    Our island supporting the creation of such a business model as a charitable trust will rapidly gain national and worldwide recognition and ensuing support.

    We will commit all we can and be involved as much as is requested if our ideas and experience etc. is considered of value.

    We ask this proven concept be considered and if our neighbours feel this worthy of further investigation towards acceptance and implementation we would consider our DOC partners in the care of our environment, would support such an initiative and welcome association by being able to contribute the benefit of their knowledge, expertise and individual spirit. A part of which would be to allow our island environment to remain 1080 free in order for this method be installed, appreciating the long-term benefits that out weigh any quick fix.

    We know public recognition of such a supported system of consistent environmentally and economically sustainable funding will be impossible to evade, whether you be a supportive government department, Iwi, company, partnership or individual. Any and all connected with this path are seen in the light of true Kaitiaki, a good light. Humble without greed, without self-interest and thinking about the future of all our children’s lands.

    The bee industry has expansion ability beyond harvesting honey and sending it to market in bulk form. The level of Hive numbers the reserve will comfortably accommodate will be beyond a level where an on site extraction plant becomes economically viable, in turn reducing transport and extraction costs to a large degree thus allowing value added ability via processing and packaging. We have not mentioned all the various other products that can be derived, processed and marketed that such a processing facility would allow.
    The growth or expansion of hive numbers and processing ability all requires increased labour and support services. Many permanent jobs are created that can support families. The development of facilities requires, such talents and skills that are resident on the island. We see nothing but benefit’s all round, especially for our environment that we are all a part of. The cleaner our environment is and more natural, the better for all. One way this is achievable is utilising an honest, dedicated business structure.

    We know support exists for such a worthwhile task and we believe success to be very attainable and real. A working sustainable ongoing funding engine for the environment and what better place to do it than for our treasured sacred island.
    That is what we want. What that success represents to us as people seeking a natural clean environment for the generations to come.

    The Mahoerangi Environmental Education Trust has been working towards extreme transparency of accounting. Due to recent changes in the auditing requirements of the Charities Commission auditing can now be undertaken utilising registered chartered accountants. The accounting of our interests and systems are digital and all Xero based, these combinations will allow the audited accounts to eventually be displayed for all to see on line via the Trusts website, with regular updates as fast as digital transfer and auditing of the entry flows will allow, showing all the ins and outs, to and from whom, where and why.

    Honest, ethical and transparent. The same system is to apply to the D’Urville Island Trust and we believe should apply to any alternative structure or identity if you, our neighbours choose to undertake this task in such a direction and are undertaken separately to our existing efforts and existing structure. We wish you every success and support.

    I would like to thank you for hearing us through, as we feel it to be a great disservice to Papatuanuku if we have these aims, goals and solutions and do not share them with you, especially with the current threats and circumstances that confront you all.

    Arohanui

    Contact.
    Best way is via email, which is checked at least daily.
    steve@meet.org.nz. or trustees@meet.org.nz
    We are never near the phone which is only switched on when we have the Satellite Internet operating or cell phone when up on the right ridge. But my cell is 0272309931 for texts or messages and does get checked reasonably often.

  5. Leslie C-L says:

    As a naturalist, outdoors instructor and human being, I continue to strive to empower people to connect to the Natural World in ways that are respectful and considerate of all life. This kind of practice is beyond comprehension when considering how all things are connected. To use poison in this day and age of such advanced awareness and technology is not only unconscionable, but extremely contrary to what I’ve always heard about New Zealand’s pride in its natural wonder and beauty. It is hard to imagine there is no other way to work with the natural balance of the flora and fauna of any area. Please, with all urgency, reconsider the use of 1080. There are much more valuable things to consider than money and time-saving practices such as this. It is said a nation can be judged by the way it treats its animals and the natural world. Perhaps NZ is not the place it has presented itself to be. Have we humans not learned enough to know better?

  6. Amy Christiansen says:

    STOP THE DROP!!! This is so wrong, so archaic, such a bad plan!! STOP THE DROP!

  7. Rick Otts says:

    I have never seen such a stupid act in my life.Have any of you idots thought of the long range effects of this simple minded act? I know one thing for sure.My wife and I will never vacation there.

  8. David Farkas says:

    What in the hell are you stupid people thinking with regard to the poisoning of the NZ wildlife. Would you enjoy if your neighbors poisoned you and your families? I assume not! Why the hell are you doing such a destructive project. If you want to lessen the deer population, send in hunters to selectively eliminate only the targeted species. Why kill off other, absolutely innocent, species in your quest that makes no sense at all. And I am a hunter.
    A hunter takes only what will be fully utilized by his / her family. You are murderers, as was Adolph Hitler. There is no excuse for such methods, other than a motivation for your own greed. What do you gain from the destruction of other species (animal or people)? Stop your use of this poison named 1080 !!!!! I thought NZ looked allot like my home in Alaska. Why are you killing your home and those in it?

  9. G. McKenzie says:

    Your country is so beautiful.
    Your air was among the cleanest on the planet.
    Please cease such a barbaric assault upon our blessed environment.
    Sending Light & Love in the hopes the hearts of those who have made this proposal of action with soften and realize a more humane and ecological solution.

    Peace and Love,
    G. McKenzie
    Alaska, USA

  10. Sarah Robicheaux says:

    I had no idea that such an abhorrent activity of mass poisoning with the 1080 poison was going on in New Zealand. This is truly insane. IT must STOP.

  11. Erin says:

    This is unnecessary and arrogant!!

  12. Pamela says:

    My fellow Alaskans travel a lot to New Zealand and to Australia. So do my friends and relatives.
    NO is what we say to poison 1080 and other poisons like it.
    It spoils your countries and your countries’ good names. Please listen to the voices and find other solutions.

  13. Mary Ellen Osland says:

    Why have you not learned from the tragic mistakes of other countries and areas that have come so close to destroying the fragile ecosystem that supports them? I’m surprised and dismayed that a country of your sophistication is doing something like this.

  14. Lindsay DeHaas says:

    1080 is a dangerous poison and using it to this degree and with our historical and scientific information is absurd. There are other solutions in pest control keep searching keep asking a better solution will be found that does not threaten so much wildlife and nature. Human life is affected by the use of poisons such as this and clinically effects show up as various chronic illnesses especially those involving the nervous system and children and elderly are most at risk. New Zealand also thrives from her natural environment reputation, 1080 would clearly be a huge mistake, please continue discussions and find another solution for healthier pest control and population management.

  15. Lee Henrikson says:

    Please don’t poison your beautiful country.

  16. Susan Luce says:

    STOP poisening our animals and plants.
    We love this world!

  17. Allie Barker says:

    The use of 1080 is archaic and absolutely inhumane to people, plants, animals, and the earth. There are other alternatives to your problems, or what you deem as problems. Dropping poison from the air is risky, and the detrimental effects are widely known. Human beings have the right to clean air, water, and the ability to raise livestock, and live off the land, WITHOUT having to worry about toxic poison being dropped from the air. New Zealand should be worried about the image this poses, the impacts that will ensue from this horrific act, and the undeniable impacts on all life. Stop the drop NOW!!!!

  18. nancy connolly says:

    I live in the US. I have a friend in your area. I am circulating the information.. for more people to be aware globally. We have issues ourselves here in the US. But it’s of great concern that Governments find an interest in poisoning the citizens of their nations. It’s a curious thing. We have to unite., and help each other on this.

  19. Johanna Bouker says:

    If Janice Schofield thinks that something having to do with the environment is right or wrong, I would definately go with her opinion on this issue.

  20. Molly Duren says:

    The trappers in the Southwest part of the U.S. used 1080 many years ago. I remember when word reached ranchers that it was banned from use which was approximately 30-40 years ago. An animal that is killed by 1080 and then scavenged by other animals – expands the kill impact many fold. So one animal that is poisoned can then kill many birds, rodents and other scavengers. As they fly away and die, then other scavengers eat them. The effect is not containable. I remember…….. I saw the effect as a child. History should not repeat itself in this day and age.

  21. Christin says:

    I am a vet student from Germany and I have been visiting this beautiful country a couple of times now, but what I had to learn last time was absolutely beyond believe for me. A country that claims itself to be 100% clean and green drops a poison all over the place which is banned in almost every country in the world for a good reason? When will you start waking up and realising what you are doing, how many more animals need to die before that?
    I won’t get tired of telling people what is going on in clean green New Zealand and hope that you, dear government, will stop with this nonsense and start thinking about sensible alternatives like trapping before any native bird species become exstinct because of eating 1080.

  22. Rachel Bobka says:

    As a resident of Alaska, I value clean air, clean water, and healthy wild plants and wild game to sustain me. I am deeply saddened by the prospect of the continued use of 1080 in New Zealand. Such widespread use of the poison WILL affect more than the targeted possum population in an extremely negative way. It’s time to see the error of your ways and to find a new, more holistic approach. We all have a right to gather healthy wild plants and to hunt healthy wild game – a right that will be stripped from NZ residents if you continue these drops. Please, for the sake of residents, both human and non-human, STOP THE 1080 DROPS!

  23. Dino says:

    I am shocked that New Zealand would carry out a plan of systematic poisoning without regard for the health and welfare of the humans and animals that are not necessarily the target species. I have a degree in resource management and the wholesale spreading of 1080 was never discussed as a reasonable application of pest management. Something stinks and it’s not the wasted rotting carcasses of poisoned mammals.

  24. john stern says:

    Greetings, This is John from the U.S. When I was in NZ a few months ago, it was very dishearteing to learn that what is happening in the U.S. and other places – from GMOs to geoengingeering – is also taking place in New Zealand. The same government and corporate cronyism to the extreme detriment of those who want a clean, safe, and chemical-free environment. However, it was good to know that there are very fine people working on preventing or alleviating these things. I am glad to have met the couple who developed this site and to have also lent a hand in the development of the site and a few other things. I am in Jackson county oregon right now where, at the time of writing this, we are in the final days of a campaign to ban GMOs in this county. It will be voted on in the next few weeks. I wish you all the best and to stay well no matter what. John

  25. Elizabeth Neumann says:

    Cookies are for eating and feeling good not for killing….

  26. Shane Anderson says:

    In NZ, environmental trusts, canvassing for funds, use celebrities to hold our beautiful kiwi birds, and tell us how they are about to be released into areas that have already been advertised as due to have their dosing of thousands of tons of 1080.

  27. Jim Hilton says:

    Thanks for all the overseas support out there. I am a New Zealander (Kiwi) and have watched this madness increase for 40 years. We need Global support to stop this Outrage. Please share and like our Facebook pages, STOP 1080! NO to 1080 use in NZ 1080 eyewitness

  28. Caitlin G. says:

    As a graduate student in an Environmental Science program I am deeply troubled by this. It is clear that other alternatives have not been considered thoroughly. I have been lucky enough to travel to New Zealand and would be incredibly upset if my husband or children never got to see the beauty that I was able to see.

  29. Brenda M. Beck says:

    This is truly awful!! My husband and I have talked about traveling there. That is definitely not happening now!

  30. Jack of All Trapping says:

    I am a trapper in upstate New York and poison of any kind to inhumanely kill animals is a abomination. The senseless slaughter makes absolutely no sense at all. Stop the Poison now!!!!!! It will solve nothing!!!

  31. A Concerned and Outraged Human Being says:

    I am a teenager living in the U.S. And, although I have never been to New Zealand, I have seen pictures of it, and it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I could not imagine the beautiful green hills and forests, being littered with the corpses of unsuspecting and innocent animals heartlessly and cruelly killed by the poison “1080”. Unfortunately, it seems that the government of New Zealand doesn’t care what its citizens think or say. Why is this happening!? Please, New Zealand, don’t kill off the animals that keep your ecosystems in balance, just because a few companies earn a profit from selling this poison.

    I found a site, you can see it here: http: //www.1080facts.co.nz/, which made me sick to my stomach. I couldn’t believe that the “Joint Federated Farmers & Forest and Bird Initiative” were saying that “1080” is “harmless”. To use a direct quotation, they answered this to the question “Is 1080 Bad for Native Birds?”: “No. In fact scientific evidence shows that, when used well, 1080 leads to increases in a variety of native species.” I have no idea what kind of scientist they had conducting those studies, but whoever they were, they are out to lunch, and they are promoting a cruel slaughter of thousand of animals, even horses and cows. Here is a video of a “1080” drop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smp2TdbOPaI. As you can see for yourself, it is NOT harmless to the native birds.

    Please, to all those who value beauty and life, shout out against the use of this toxic chemical. No animal should have to endure the convulsions, and the pain, that “1080” causes. I hope that all the voices here can change something, and I hope I can do my part.

    Thank you to all of you who care.

    ~ A Concerned and Outraged Human Being

  32. Peg Tileston says:

    I have happily bought fruit from New Zealand under the impression they are pesticide and herbicide free. I have also told many friends about how delighted I have been to know that I didn’t have to worry about the healthfulness of these products. To find out this is no longer the case is very distressing.
    Guess I might as well buy my apples produced in Washington state rather than look for the NZ ones.

  33. Alyssa Shanks says:

    I protest this and all use of 1080. If New Zealand drops this lethal poison, I will no longer purchase any products imported from New Zealand.

  34. GB Khalsa says:

    No more pesticides to deform us and make us ill.

  35. Thomas Eley says:

    1080 needs to be banned worldwide. This New Zealand project sounds biologically irresponsible and should be STOPPED.

  36. Jeanne Fussner says:

    I buy New Zealand lamb because it is always organic. I tell my organic eating friends that NZ has safe foods and that they can trust them. I am horrified that this is going to happen. Should it do so I will look for lamb elsewhere. I will inform my friends also to do the same. The food will not be safe any longer. I thought NZ was more kindred to Alaska, I guess I was wrong.

  37. kim mauney says:

    I’ll reiterate what a friend says about this:
    Clearly invasive species of plants, animals, and microbes are a global issue. But the use of chemical poisons, especially 1080 which the USA banned years ago due to its extreme toxicity to all animals and subsequent carry over into the food chain, is sheer lunacy. New Zealand should set an example and investigate other means of achieving desire goals — control or elimination of invasive species. 1080 is primitive, devastating to a wide range of animals, including our dearly beloved dogs, and of questionable long-term effectiveness.

    Please do not use 1080 to attempt to reverse a problem which we ourselves created.

    Thanks for the well put statement PM!

  38. Everette Burk says:

    Please reconsider the use of 1080 for pest control. I am not a “greenie”, but I do respect our earth. As a resident of Palmer, Alaska, USA it is important to me that NO government do damage to our environment, including New Zealand, a beautiful country that I look forward to visiting sometime in the next 3 years. If this control by use of 1080 occurs it will force me to reconsider where I spend my travel dollars however.

  39. Kendra Zamzow says:

    I learned about compound 1080 in Environmental Sciences class. They still use it in the US to poison coyotes. It’s a horrible way to die. If New Zealand bans it, it will give strength to the fight to ban it in the US.

    I work to save land and animals from the excesses of human greed.

  40. Patti Saunders says:

    PLEASE don’t poison your land, water, and animals with this poison! I’ve always dreamed of travelling to New Zealand, but if this “green rain” happens, I will give up my dream because I can’t bear the thought of walking on land that’s been poisoned this way.

  41. Laura St.George says:

    This makes me think that we may not want to travel to New Zealand. Hope they can find a better, more enviromentally safe way of managing their wildlife, even if it is more expensive. In the end it will pay off!

  42. Nancy Dryden says:

    I am a resident of Sutton, Alaska and have been active in continuing the safe space (land, water, air) in which I live and eliminate threats (coal development). Please stop any use of 1080 Drop on the beautiful New Zealand land. Its use is devastating to everything around it. Nancy Dryden

  43. I ask that the New Zealand Parliament institute an immediate moratorium and permanent ban on 1080 poison. This is an indiscriminate killer that is taking many more animals than what is targeted. New Zealand, known worldwide for its natural beauty and pristine natural resources, is harming its own tourism industry, natural products exports, and international reputation by allowing such outdated and cruel methods of animal control.

  44. Roxanne Chan says:

    This is a terrible idea. I will pass this along to all my friends.

  45. K S says:

    My name is Kay and I’m from Alaska. I will never visit New Zealand if 1080 is dropped… there are less damaging and more useful ways to control “pests”.

  46. Donna Rae and Don says:

    We realize that we are not New Zealand citizens, but hope that you ban 1080 for the sake of everyone. We live in Alaska, we have friends who we love dearly who live in New Zealand and we love visiting them and your beautiful country. We are organic farmers as well as surfers. We know that your country has come up with good solutions to ecological issues and concerns, i.e. supporting ecotourism and more peaceful cohabitation with the penguin colonies on the south island – and the albatrosses. We, as fellow citizens of the world, request that New Zealand Parliament institute an immediate moratorium on 1080 poison due to its extreme cruelty to animals and long lasting effects on the environment (many of which we cannot now know). We respectfully ask for a permanent ban on compound 1080 (aka sodium monofluoroacetate aka sodium fluoroacetate) poison. More toxins cannot be the best choice. Thank you for your consideration.

  47. Shawn Knudeson says:

    I visited NZ on honeymoon in 1983 and loved it, and have always planned to take my family back. Now I realize we will not set foot back in the country until the dispersal of 1080 is stopped. I am sharing this information with all my family and friends and we are praying you will be able to move beyond this antiquated practice so that everyone can enjoy your beautiful country again.
    Peace,
    Shawn Knudeson from Anchorage, Alaska, USA

  48. Elizabeth H says:

    I live in the beautiful State of Alaska, which is full of vast expanses of wild forests and tundra. One of the things I’ve admired most about New Zealand has been the stunning vistas and sense of freedom that I’ve seen depicted in movies and tourism shows. It’s been a keen desire of mine to someday come to you country to experience this for myself, but I will not step foot in your country as long as you’re implementing such an unconscionable method of extermination. The use of 1080 poison goes against the whole idea of what the world thinks of New Zealand. Eco friendly, freedom loving, beautiful. Everything 1080 is not! When word of this gets spread, whoever made the decision to go against your people’s wishes and put the environment in danger is going to be very sorry indeed.

  49. Kyla S says:

    New Zealand,

    I am so disappointed in you! I can’t believe you are prepared to use 1080 against your own country. It’s inhumane, unnecessarily toxic, and potentially devastating. It’s 2014–you can do better. I live in Alaska and many people here love to visit New Zealand because it has epic biodiversity and coastline for surfing and play. I’m going to educate people on what a disappointment you are. Stop! We won’t visit you!

  50. Doug says:

    Hello NZ. I am from Wisconsin, USA. I just retired and my wife and I are planning a trip of a life time. Of the 7 countries we planned to spend time in, NZ came in as stop number 3 on our list of places to visit. After learning of your methods to “control” certain animals with poison with no regard to the environment surrounding your target, I cannot justify spending one single penny that would in anyway benefit your economy. As a true outdoorsman, I find your methods to be appalling. As mentioned in other posts, there are other ways to address this problem, i.e. trapping, bounties etc. I, for one, cannot and will not condone your methods and will share your actions with all who shall hear me.

    GOOD BYE NZ

  51. tammy hopkins says:

    Please consider the repercussions of this poisin. This affects so much more than what it is used for. STOP!

  52. Allison Teague says:

    In 2014, we need to be thinking about the long range consequences of our actions, and not short term results. If it causes harm, it gets a NO vote. It seems pretty clear that 1080 is NOT the best solution now or ever to control a population of animals, as it gets into the food chain. EVERYTHING is connected. What you do in NZ affects us here in Vermont USA… and vice versa. With that understanding, all solutions can be found that do the best good. Take the time, and do it right. Or don’t do it at all. Just because we can, does not mean we should.

  53. my family and I have decided to cancel our planned visit to New Zealand after being informed of the the way the government is using 1080. We feel that by visiting NZ now it would support the governments plan. We will take our tourist dollar elsewhere until the 1080 plan has been scrapped. If it is we would be delighted to visit.

    I am disgusted that the government is taking such a step in such which is so cruel and destructive to the environment. wake up New Zealand government you will be losing a lot of tourist dollars if you persist with this cruelty.

  54. Mike Gragert says:

    The induction of 1080 into the NZ ecosystem would have a devastating effect on all types of wildlife, and at several different levels. The down stream effects are endless when the 1080 poison is introduced, and may effect many non target species indirectly for long periods of time. We in the US have learned these lessons the hard way with the herbicide DDT, and we also have had bad experiences with 1080 poison as well. Both products are now banned in the US, because of their down stream effects on non target wildlife. I ask that you don’t make the same mistakes we have made, but rather learn from ours. There are many other options that may be implemented, and I ask that you reconsider your choices, and look into other forms of wildlife control. The bottom line at the end of the day is there is no place for poison in any ecosystem, not matter how small, or how large. Thank you …..Mike Gragert

  55. Heather Coats says:

    Stop the drop of poison 1080 in New Zealand.

  56. Gina Allison says:

    Please reconsider, seriously. New Zealand is and has been one of the remaining pristine places on the planet. Let’s keep it that way. Poisoning the ecosystem is not the answer to the problem. Too much is at risk.

  57. Sharon Hawker says:

    we don’t want this!

  58. Nancy says:

    It is shocking!

  59. Bridget Kearsey says:

    Dear NZ please take care to NOT implement this poison as means of pest control. The stakes are too high with irreversible damage. Respect New Zealand for the immense treasure that it is and set a positive example for the rest of the world and generations to come.

  60. Kathleen Menke says:

    Stop the drop of poison 1080 in New Zealand.

  61. Jane says:

    This is TERRIBLE. The people of New Zealand voted NO to 1080 so why is the government using it anyway? HELLO??? You work for the people, so you must listen to them. STOP using 1080. NOW!

  62. Amy Christiansen says:

    I’m Amy Christiansen. I live in Alaska and I am raising a BIG stink over your plans to drop sodium monofluoroacetate (aka 1080), on your incredible watersheds and forests! Listen to your people.they have spoken, with over 90% of folks on the western side of the south island signing petitions to stop this practice! Now the WORLD is watching you. BAN THIS POISON. Especially aerial non-discriminate drops of baited 1080!

    I will spread the word across the GLOBE of your planned aerial drop of poison which kills indiscriminately. Think of the other species. Think of the water!! This practice has got to stop. Makes me think twice about visiting New Zealand. I am appalled. Target the individual species you barbarians.. not the entire ecosystem!

    Appalled in Alaska. TAKE THE HIGHER GROUND HERE!!! DON”T DUMP POISON FROM THE AIR.

  63. George Velikanje says:

    this action by the NZ government is irresponsible to the level of criminal. its not the 1950s anymore ,your lazy solution to your problem will only result in longterm destruction of your ecosystem. Personally your citizens should collect an adequate amount of your poison and carry it to your capitol and expose you the politicians to enough to thin your ranks . this would put a stop to your indifference to your rural populations,its not fun to hunt when the rabbit has a gun .

  64. Sabrina Grotefend says:

    Dear Country of New Zealand. Please consider the many sacred lives of the forest that will be ended by the implementation of poison 1080 and cease this action. You will be hearing from all of my friends.

  65. 20 years ago I spent 2 wonderful months trekking around New Zealand with my boyfriend and thought your country was one of the most beautful and peaceful and elightened countries on earth, the people nature loving and caring about their environment, and protective of their land.
    I would never have thought that New Zealand would stoop so low as to do such a barbaric thing! I had dreamed of returning, but now I cant imagine wanting to unless you stop this insanity. If it is to help your agriculture and livestock, think again! Not only will it damage your reputation in the world, or any chance you may have of attracting eco torurists like myself, but I fear for the rare birds and species left remaining on your unique island. Dropping poison will only endanger them more, pour unthinkable suffering upon innocent species and damage your ecosystems beyond repair. Shame, shame shame!

    • Amy Christiansen says:

      I agree with Mairiis above. What you are planning is BARBARIC. Take the higher ground. Put a bounty on RATS killed by slingshots…. kids would LOVE this… me NOT,I don’t love killing any living creature….. but target the individual species if you must, NOT the entire ecosystem.

  66. I had always thought of New Zealand as being more ecologically sensitive and aware, but this action is astoundingly ignorant, thoughtless and ecologically damaging. I beseech you in NZ to HALT ALL PLANS for the 1080 drop, NOW & FOREVER.

  67. Mike Sternberg says:

    This seems like a sad and irresponsible way to solve this problem. I am not a tree hugger. I hunt, fish and trap. Target the specific problem, not the whole environment.

  68. Kim says:

    Just sending a quick post to support you in your efforts to thwart the dropping of poisons and therefore harming animals, vegetation and humans.

  69. Mick Mcguire says:

    I am from the great state of Massachusetts. While I have not been fortunate enough to visit New Zealand my son has. He was able to visit New Zealand as part of a study abroad program. What struck my son was the beauty of the great outdoors and the natural resources and wildlife New Zealand offers. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we join this global fight to preserve it. Good people often make bad decisions. I implore the good people in a position to make decisions to revisit this horrid decision and instead do the responsible thing and find a responsible alternative!

  70. Pat Turk says:

    My name is Pat Turk and I am from the Great Republic of Texas. I am an U.S. citizen and proud of what has made this nation great. I have always thought that the nation of New Zealand was governed with sound principles as well. After hearing of the slaughter of domestic and wildlife with the use of the poison 1080 I have to change my thinking. Here in Texas as well as many other states in the U.S. the government turns to the people to bring problem wildlife into check. Bounties are placed on nuisance animals.This gives hunters and trappers incentive to harvest and bring into check problem animals. This puts money into the hands of American families that in turn improves their standard of living. I have heard it said that the NZ government use of the poison 1080 was a “Buddy Deal” between the the big chemical companies and the government, with the government receiving “kick back” at the expense of the nations people and the environment. In my bucket list of things to do NZ was on the agenda. After hearing all about the misuse of this poison 1080, my bucket has sprung a leak and NZ has leaked out.

  71. Chris McGuire says:

    Though I have not yet visited New Zealand, I have always admired photographs reflecting its natural beauty and envisioned it as green and pristine. I was shocked to hear of plans to use 1080, a pesticide with known devastating effects, to eradicate possum. In this day and age there HAS to be a better way. Judging by the comments already posted here, there are certainly more practical solutions. I hope the government reconsiders and instead BANS this harmful chemical! I am happy to share this information via facebook and email to encourage friends and family to support your cause. Keep up the good work!

  72. Jason LeClair says:

    Hearing of this has put a knot in my stomach, I cannot fathom the idea of mass killing to control a few critters. Rivers, Valleys and all of New Zelands animals and water mammals will be affected. This is enough reason why I will place this Island my do not travel to list. As a Trapper and outdoor nut who enjoys every moment of natures critters good and bad in Ontario Canada. If ever the goverment tried anything like this here they would be in for one hell of a shock! Enlist trappers, put a bounty out but mass poisoning is not the way!

  73. pipewrench says:

    I am a conservationist and sportsman from Ohio USA. Use of poison to control wildlife is an unspeakable atrocity. Lacking natural predators, hunting or trapping are the only logical and humane solution to overpopulation of wild animals. Until this practice of poisoning wildlife is permanently stopped I will not consider a vacation to New Zealand. In today’s world of environmental awareness I cannot believe any government would consider taking the action New Zealand has chosen.

  74. derek Crocker says:

    Im from maine, usa. I find this extremely shocking and never dreamed I would see poison dropped in to forest where it kills anything that ingests it with a long agonizing death. I am a animal damage control trapper and remove nuisance wildlife as well with no cost to the farmer. There are far better ways to go about this then poison and locals as well as farmers could be trained to do it. Talk with some animal damage control experts and get educated and stop all the useless killing…. I always dreamed of coming to new Zealand to see its beauty and wildlife but not like this….

  75. Pete says:

    I am a Trapper In Wisconsin USA I got the word from Jim , trapping is by far a much better to deal with problem or overpopulation and it puts the animals to use providing food and clothing.

    the use of poison is a bit like the use of the atom bomb if kills completely indiscriminately and leaves the ecosystem damaged for decades.

    I am no expert on NZ i have never been there but we see how very delicate our Wisconsin wetlands can be that even just a bad spreading of manure can kill an entire streams fishery for years and without fish and shellfish it can change the dynamic of the stream for fur bearers also.

    people complain all the time about our use of foot hold traps , but I can let anything go that is caught in one of my foot hold traps , it has a sore foot a few days , there is no way to let an endangered or protected species go with poison.

  76. Chris Bulovsky says:

    I consider myself a steward of the land I call home and never would never freely distribute poison to to eradicate any pest no matter how noble the intention. Poison in a food chain is a bad idea. I had intentions of hunting Red Stag in your beautiful land but I certainly will not if this is how your country deals with wildlife issues.

    I say fire the lawmakers that enable this. Vote them out! Also at a local level town, village , city have your local elected officals pass a resolution making it unlawful to disseminate poison for the intension for mammal control. That will get the attention of law makers.
    I understand your government may be very different from US government. This is how we in the US bring about peaceful policy change without violence.

    Cheers!

  77. April B says:

    Horrific. This seems like you’re taking 100 steps backwards. Gee, I wonder where the money is behind this! I’ll certainly not take any trips to NZ if this practice is the standard. I’ll discourage all my friends as well.

  78. Mark Fitz says:

    This is absolutely crazy and something that you think one would read about from 80 years ago. Very sad, as a Sportsman a trapper and lover of wildlife, there are lots of humane ways to deal with nuisance wildlife. I will spread the word about NZ to fellow Canadians. This will certainly deter me from ever visiting New Zealand.

  79. john j besok says:

    This the craziest and most inhumane thing i have eve, there ars so many better ways to control animal population including and especially trapping. I am a full believer in using trapping as a population comtrol instead of using any kind of poison that could kill everything around thats just insane, if anything install special hunting and trapping seasons to control this kind of thing not only is it more humane but its also cheaper to let some one to come in and hunt and trap then waist money and wildlife with poisons

  80. edwin says:

    I have never considered visiting New Zealand nor will I ever after hearing of this.I do have a couple friends that do make trips there.I will be forwarding this info to them.My homestead is located in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin.We live in farm country,I my self raise live stock and in no way would I or the people in this area ever put up with the poisoning of any wildlife by the goverment or anyone else for that matter.There are far better ways to control animals without whipping them completely out with poisoning.

  81. Payne says:

    This is a complete senseless, ignorant, just plain STUPID thing to be happening. I am a avid hunter, trapper that loves nothing more than nature at its finest and for the NZ government to drop a poison on these totally defenseless animals is a complete disgrace ! I have had plans on visiting NZ but totally refuse to give any of my money or time to a place that does such horrid things. Best of luck to the NZ people fighting this hideous act. The NZ government really do need to wake up and pull there close minded heads out of their arses !!!!!

  82. Lori says:

    I was giving serious thought to a trip to NZ late this year or early next …my $$$ will be spent in the UK now – how can a country do this to it’s people & wildlife …they say NZ is know for its pristine beauty …really? Shame on this government!! Lori Murray, Massena New York

  83. Jim Webster says:

    I have never, in my life seen such unnecessary inhumane slotter of animals in my life. As a hunter and a trapper, this discussed me. All who were involved in such a tragic mess should hang there heads very low, and hope to God this dose not contaminate the drinking water. The people of
    New Zealand should do every thing in there power to find out what BOZO came up with this master plan and make them pay to clean up this hole mess.

  84. Frank D says:

    What NZ is doing is disgusting!!! There are better ways to control wildlife populations. How can they get away with poisoning rivers like this? Does their need for greed really justify this slaughter?
    I bet the people dropping the poisons don’t live anywhere near the drop zone.

    I live in the US and we were planning a vacation to New Zealand… NOT ANYMORE!!!

  85. Terry Sands says:

    They call this wildlife control? Should be called wildlife devastation. At least trapping wildlife can be selective!

  86. kyle says:

    this is ridiculous i live in the United States and will never visit NZ now that ive seen what they are doing.

    • paws4acausenz@yahoo.com says:

      Please note that there are a lot of eco-lodges and people in tourism who do not condone the use of 1080. Many are working extremely hard to keep NZ clean and green. We hope you will come visit after this practice is stopped.

  87. jason beaupre says:

    This is crazy! I am from Ontario Canada and my family and I would never visit a country that does this!

  88. Brad Hagmann says:

    It astounds me that the dropping of this poison is allowed anywhere in the world. Such a primitive response to a modern day issue. In the US we remove target species and allow non-targets walk away unharmed. Modern trapping technology easily allows this.In such a pristine environment such as NZ this is the wrong response to the issue. Allowing licensed, educated trappers in will not cost the government any money and will control target populations in short order. A trip to NZ used to be on my bucket list, but not anymore. Wading around in poison doesn’t seem like much of a vacation for me.

  89. Wade McClurg says:

    The use of poison , when there is not a specific target is insane. To drop poison in areas where domestic animals roam is just wrong. I believe a bounty on the animal you are after ,so trappers and hunters can control them will not only be cheaper but more humane. Here in the U.S. Hunting and trapping keeps the numbers in check.I for one have looked at planning a hunting trip in the future to New Zealand , but will no longer have that in my plans.

  90. CJ says:

    This is crazy. I echo Jim’s thoughts. There are much better alternatives. The greed of money of the welfare of entire ecosystems? People, wake up, and stop this nonsense. Make your voices heard!

  91. Jim Desclos says:

    This poisoning of wildlife is INSANE and unnecessary. I work in animal damage control and successfully remove unwanted wildlife without endangering non target species or poisoning birds, waters and properties. I’ve watched the videos online of the results of these poisons and wonder how they can justify it. Is the revenue earned from sale of the poison really worth all this suffering? I have read the documentations where residents have lost livestock and pets as result of these poisons even when they live outside the drop zone. Just having ONE domestic animal killed should have been enough to prove this is WRONG!!! Here in the U.S. trappers solve the problems and often with NO cost to the landowner. With the newly designed traps, animals can be restrained and non target species can be released unharmed. If this drop continues, the ONLY reason I will ever come to NZ is to film the destruction and spread the word to the rest of the world that NZ cares more about dollars than the welfare of its residents, wildlife and its environment. NZ needs a wakeup call.

  92. I can post on my Facebook and show the film to my friends.

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