DO YOU KNOW?
- 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate) is one of the deadliest manufactured poisons in the world.
- 1080 has no effective antidote.
- Over 500 tons of lethal 1080 baits are aerially dropped on approximately 500,000 hectares (over 1 million acres) of New Zealand forests and farm edges each year.
- 1080 kills native birds, bees, pigs, deer, kaimanawa horses, possums, rats, cats, dogs, and livestock. It can kill any air-breathing creature.
- Even species designated as ‘pests’ (by government) are sentient beings and deserving of humane treatment.
- 1080 kills slowly and cruelly. Animals take from hours to 4 days or more to die. Poisoned animals may exhibit spasms, prolonged vocalisation (including squeals or howls), seizures, leg paddling, body rolling, trembling, rigidity.
- Danger to pets and omnivorous and carnivorous birds exists well beyond 1080 zones. Toxic carcasses carry downstream by rains and floods, far from sign-posted areas.
- Dogs have been killed by 1080 on public beaches, public roadsides, and even in their own yard (cats too).
- Dogs are one hundred times more sensitive to 1080 than a possum
- Dehydrated 1080ed carcasses are toxic indefinitely. (Pest-off safety data sheets).
DO YOU KNOW?
- Brodifacoum is an anti-coagulant rodenticide that results in bykill of animals ranging from deer to kiwi and penguins.
- New Zealand government rates brodifacoum far more cruel than 1080 poison (watch the videos of animal deaths by 1080 and try to imagine something worse)
- Brodifacoum is environmentally persistent.
‘Battle for the Birds’ is the rallying cry for promoters of 1080 use. NZ government (the manufacturer of 1080 and other animal poisons) proclaims 1080 is needed to save birds from extinction. Yet 1080 is a deadly avian poison. As ‘more 1080, more often’ is used, and more species reach critical states, the increasing bird ‘loss’ is used for justification for yet more 1080. “Birds bounce back” the public is told. But really, isn’t what ‘bounces’ the best the most fecund species like rats (known to increase in number 3 to 10 times following many 1080 drops). Here is a reflective piece regarding this battle, submitted by Paws contributer Janice Schofield Eaton.
Battle for the Birds
The battle for the birds is a strange one. Those who want to drop bird poison on birds – versus those who seek environmentally safe humane animal management.
We, the latter, are called anti because we opt out of 1080.
And yet we are strongly PRO:
Pro: humanity to all animals
Pro: the rights to safe environment for kids, dogs and pets
Pro : the rights to safe recreational areas
Pro: the rights to safe pastures for stock
Pro: rivers and watersheds free of toxic carcasses breeding E coli.
Pro: the rights of New Zealanders to responsibly hunt clean game to feed our families.
And because we stand strongly for these rights, we’re publicly and privately called names:
stupid organic lifestylers
And yet,… we are teachers, councillors, physicians, scientists, farmers, businessmen, bushmen, birders, hunters, pharmacists, keen lovers and observers of nature…
We are Maori, Pakeha, immigrants, and concerned friends around the world.
We are grandparents rising from retirement because we grieve the loss of the birds, the waste of the game, the poisoning of the bugs so necessary for forest health.
We nanas and granddads wade through research and write until 3 in the morning because we worry about the world our grandkids will inherit.
And because we remember …. what freedom was like in New Zealand in the days before 1080.
We remember… when New Zealanders churned possums into tucker for dogs, and sleek skins to fatten the wallet;
and deer had no poisons and became food for the world.
We remember when rabbits were winter stew. and wild pigs became hams.
And introduced animal populations were held in check by thousands of bush savvy New Zealanders.
And amongst all these critters, all these exotic animals where we lived, the native birds were singing their hearts out in the forest and breeding prolifically;
sometimes a hundred tuis in a tiny patch of bush, teamed with a symphony of bellbirds. We’d pause our work and bliss in the deafening crescendo.
Memory of this chorus stirs action. Thus we choose writing letters over retirement. We organise meetings. We rally others toto rise for human rights, to speak for animal rights, and to campaign for the rights of nature- and the rights of our birds to a non-toxic forest