Tasmanian Times

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Green Death from Above

*Pic: Picture: Mark Nyhoff. 115 Limited Service Volunteer trainees aged 17 to 25 were exercising in the Coromandel Forest Park. LSV is a free six-week Government program aimed at getting disaffected youth on benefits into work.

“Today we were up the Kauaeranga valley in the middle of a 25500 hectare 1080 helicopter drop, the public access road was open with mountain bikers, hikers, fishermen and tourists streaming in and out. The thing that blew me away was up this same valley in the middle of a aerial 1080 drop there is also a school camp and a army cadet exercise / camp taking place. There’s hundreds of adults and teens up there now as I write this all exposed to toxic 1080 dust and poison baits.” Mark Nyhoff (Sep13) off-duty logging contractor.

The small green flecks are 1080 pellets flying indiscriminately from the chopper’s hopper.

“The Defence Force last night confirmed that 115 Limited Service Volunteer trainees aged 17 to 25 were exercising in the Coromandel Forest Park, after arriving on Sunday with 25 instructors while helicopters were dropping bait laced with 1080 poison.”

New Zealand Herald, Here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=11514162

On Sunday the Department of Conservation (DoC) dropped 1080 bait by helicopter over 25,000 hectares in the Coromandel Forest Park, New Zealand, which stretches from Waihi up to the tip of the peninsula. Around 51 ton of poison 1080 cereal bait was dropped on the hill behind Thames up in the Kauaeranga Valley. Based on the loading rate below. About 76.5 kg of pure compound 1080.

From Resource consent form 122295
Application Rate
1 Bait containing sodium 2-fluoroacetate (1080) shall be aerially applied at a rate no greater than twenty (20) kilograms per hectare.

Loading Rate
2 The loading rate of the bait shall be no greater than 0.15% ± 25% weight for weight.

2kg per hectare using a 1.5 gm to kgm cereal bait over 25,500 ha = 25,500 x 2 x 1.5 gm = 76.5 kgm of pure Compound 1080 used.

By Comparison Tasmania uses Compound 1080 at 11 times less strength than New Zealand uses – 0.014% compared to 0.15%. Tasmanian authorities only use it by hand broadcast after pre-feeds along defined feeding lines – for crop protection and for forest seedling protection. Since 2006 it is no longer used in public forests. The amount of commercial poison grade Compound 1080 used in Tasmania is officially reported as <5 kg per year. Richard Prosser of New Zealand First asked the Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry if she had confidence in all aspects of her department’s use of 1080 poison. “Yes I do” she replied. He then asked if she was satisfied that the department did the right thing with its unusual step in not closing tracks or restricting access to the Coromandel Forest Park during last Sunday’s 1080 poison drop because it quote “ did not see the baits as a safety risk” then why is she satisfied? The Minister answered, “there was no need to close the tracks because there was sufficient warning.” Prosser then asked the Minister if she was satisfied that the department met all conditions of resource consent no: 122295 and that the manufacturer’s guidelines on the use of 1080, which according to animal control products is a deadly poison and Eco toxic, were followed? She replied Yes. Prosser asked how she reconciled her answer when the fact that the bait processing area was within 100 metres of a perennial waterway, that bait was dropped into a registered drinking water supply and that the park was not closed. The Minister answered, “The Park did not need to be closed and that was on the view of the medical officer who deemed that the public safety was not at risk.” Richard Prosser then asked was she satisfied with the fact that members of the public including three bus loads of young Limited Service Volunteers who entered the area at the time were not informed about the drop and thus denied the choice as to whether they were exposed to deadly poison being dropped from the air? The Minister’s answer:” I draw the member’s attention to the answer I gave earlier and the signage that was present. If you say that nobody read the 180 signs in that area around that area then they were…Mis..they could have easily seen….that so…they needed to have looked at the signs, there were also notices in the newspaper as well as all the effected individuals that I listed earlier being told in addition to that there are very strict controls around 80 metre buffer zones as to where these drops can be taken. They were dropped in the appropriate quantities of around 2 kgs per hectare and the conditions were met and there have been no complaints from members of the public, to the regional council or the Health Authority. Parliament Questions here: http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/39563 Aerial bait drop in the scenic Coromandel Peninsula - a popular tourist and holiday destination closest to NZ’s largest city Auckland on the North island. image

Picture: Ben Mayall. Baits fell in and around water in the Whenuakite block. (Sept.15)

Picture: Michael A. Hepburn This is in Kauaeranga River- Thames drinking water…found 3 possums on 15th September here.

Picture: Maria Motyl one of many baits found in drinking water. Te Puru creek, Thames coast

Picture: Mark Nyhoff Kauaeranga valley

Picture: Mark Nyhoff Kauaeranga Valley

*Penelope Marshall completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Tasmania majoring in English and History. She has studied creative writing at Queensland University and has a Diploma in Freelance Journalism. Currently she is on the Clarence City Council Cultural History Advisory Committee assisting with local history projects.

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  1. Williw Wilson

    September 20, 2016 at 11:39 am

    How anyone let alone a Conservation Department can drop poison on anyone at all defies reason. Are the government of this country and Doc out to poison as many people as possible, you would have to thing so. Putting young people at risk is unacceptable and will come back to bite these men.

  2. Charles Cadwallader

    October 4, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    So. You’ve gone quiet Mr Hansford.

    I’ll take that as your recognition of your defeat in this debate. To be fair to you, from the start you didn’t have chance – you are trying to defend the indefensible and justify the unjustifiable.

    Now it would be nice if you acknowledged this and helped put an end to the criminal lunacy of aerial 1080 drops across New Zealand, but I somehow think it unlikely that you will do so.

    An apology would have been nice but you have also chosen not to answer the very simple questions that I put to you:

    1) “Why were Local Service Volunteer youths allowed to camp in the camping ground at Boom Flats that had been closed by DoC (see the sign) and had a Danger 1080 sign posted right in the middle of their camp?”

    2) “Do you have any ideas what the uniform-sized, pellet shaped stuff in the dozen or so bags was?”

    Because I strongly suspect that the LSV lads were there to pick up Compound 1080 pellets, and the bags contained the pellets that they picked up.

  3. Charles Cadwallader

    October 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

    So. You’ve gone quiet Mr Hansford. An apology would have been nice but you have also chosen not to answer the very simple questions that I have put to you.
    I’ll take that as your recognition of your defeat in this debate. To be fair to you, from the start you didn’t have chance – you are trying to defend the indefensible and justify the unjustifiable.
    Now it would be nice if you acknowledged this and helped put an end to the criminal lunacy of aerial 1080 drops across New Zealand.

  4. Charles Cadwallader

    September 29, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    To David Hansford

    Just by the way, you were happy enough to answer the first part of my post, albeit with profanities and simplistic and baseless accusations, so could you answer the rest of my post please?

    “Why were Local Service Volunteer youths allowed to camp in the camping ground at Boom Flats that had been closed by DoC (see the sign) and had a Danger 1080 sign posted right in the middle of their camp?”

    “What the uniform-sized pellet shaped stuff in the dozen or so bags was?”

    Thank you

  5. Charles Cadwallader

    September 29, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    To David Hansford

    Seriously, how dare you infer that the motive for my questions is because “you guys love a good conspiracy”? Perhaps before casting such scurrilous assertions it should be you who uses some rigour prior to making such unfounded and ignorant claims like this about me. How very arrogant of you.

    One hopes that your abilities as a writer, and the knowledge and depth of your vocabulary, stretches a little further than phrases such as, “making shit up”, and as for defaming people, your response to me is about a defamatory as it gets.

    Do please check out your facts before making such ill considered and, quite frankly, puerile accusations about me as you have now done on this public forum.

    If I ever feel the need for any guidance on the value of rigour, rest assured I will not seek it from you. However, if you do choose to be a proponent of rigorous investigation, please do suggest to the NZ Government that they might like to do a little rigorous science about what really happens when human beings and all other animals are subjected to sub-lethal doses of 1080, because even Landcare Research accept that no one actually knows; and yet the risks are still taken – a case for ‘rigour’ if ever there was one, wouldn’t you say?

  6. Michelle Terry

    September 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    What is Dave Hansford defending? The right of the government to continue to spend large sums of money on poison and its broad landscape application; on marketing the need for poison; on demonising wildlife; on wasting valuable wildlife resources, on portraying a TB vector that isn’t (as the Minister’s own figures which have been reported by NZFirst clearly demonstrate)?

    Anyone with intelligence who has looked into this subject can see the writing on the wall. But oh so stubborn these pro-poisoners. 1080 poison is sacrosanct to them. Poison patriotism and non-native hysteria go hand in hand.

    It seems that he is also defending his right to be in a drop zone with GPS because he is just a journalist writing a book. A book he says is neutral. He is sitting on the fence according to his messages to people within the anti-1080 movement. That is a far cry from his pro-1080 stance evident in his comments on the social media sites. Interestingly, in his attempts to get interviews, he has said that he is gathering people’s views and writing a book about 1080. He states that it is clear the social media has had a huge impact on the way 1080 is being debated, and there are a few elements of the issue that probably need updating since he last wrote anything expansive back around 2004, particularly with regard to alternatives.

    Here’s an alternative thought for Mr Hansford, perhaps instead of being pro-1080-biased and working on an anti-anti 1080 perspective, he could listen to what the majority of people who are exposed to the reality of having deadly poison-laced cereal baits rained into their environment are repeatedly saying. He could look into the animal welfare aspect of aerial-1080. And for all our sakes, look at the public health risks inherent in sub acute toxicity of this poison. Risks that involve infertility, heart myopathy, neurological problems, birth defects, and from the poison’s conversion to fluorocitrate – cancers.

    Perhaps someone of his considerable skills could actually do some good for the country. If, as suspected, this book is an attempt to put down the resistance to this National addiction of using “even more aerial-1080” then the author is still part of the problem. What this country quite clearly needs is a solution. The country is fractured by this poison. New Zealand needs investigative journalism about aerial-1080 and the organisations involved. Not yet more advocacy from … propogandists.

  7. Bill Johnson

    September 29, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Further to my comments,very early this morning, I had a catch up phone call from a North Island friend. Out of the blue he mentioned that a friend of his had been a supervisor at the Local Service volunteer youth group camp at Boom Flats. They were instructed to remove any baits from the tracks by throwing them as far as possible off the tracks’ “Small world isn’t it”?
    Bill Johnson. Westland.

  8. Bill Johnson

    September 28, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Dave you have got it wrong again. Your comments are so far out that I would wonder how on earth you got in and out of the park without getting lost. Dave you seem to have forgotten all about the dust factor during aerial 1080 applications. When you are actually underneath these drops the eighty metre each side of waterways and walk tracks is nothing more than a sick joke. In each twenty litre bag of 1080 baits there can be, from half a kilogramme to one kilogramme of very toxic dust. Here on the West Coast we have two very sick women who were caught out in a 1080 drop. Fifteen months later and we still await the official public health report on this incident. Just lately I have detected a note of panic in articles from the pro 1080 lobby. The sooner this toxin madness conducted under the guise of conservation is ended the better for all concerned ,including our fragile environment. Bill Johnson. Westland

  9. Mary

    September 28, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Well Dave can you tell us any piece you have done which indicates any sympathy towards those who have to put up with the green shite coming from the sky no matter what their concerns. Please point us in the right direction. Poison remains dangerous whether you call other writers purveyors of shit or not Dave. Also people really are concerned it is in water and it is and was put there.

    I note rigor follows death, lets therefore hope that it is the death of 1080 that comes. You might like to do due diligence on 1080 instead. You could learn something.

    I do know that the poisoners pay for their articles and the anti poisoners can’t afford to.

  10. Ian Rist

    September 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Some people must be delusional when it comes to 1080, no matter how you gloss it over, shine it up or disguise this dreadful atrocious substance , it is a horrible poison. Anyone that administers this to any animal is inhumane and totally out of touch with reality.

    Anyone who accepts any monetary reward involving 1080, in any shape or form, is the lowest of the low, (in my opinion).

  11. Dave Hansford

    September 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    In reply to Charles Cadwallader’s question:

    “Would you be able to tell me if you were you present in your official capacity, or merely as an interested observer? I have to suspect the former otherwise, why would you be checking GPS coordinates of bait drops?”

    I know how much you guys love a good conspiracy, but there’ this much more boring thing called journalism, Charles: it involves going out and checking things out for yourself (as I’m forever being told to do buy our colleagues).

    I’m a freelance writer, so I was both an interested observer, and there in my “official capacity”of researching my book. If you’re trying to infer that I’m on some DOC/TbFree payroll, you’re wrong. And I was GPSing the baits because I wanted to establish for myself whether the claims by some opponents were true.

    By doing so, and by then going back and checking against the operational boundaries, I was able to determine that the baits were exactly where they were allowed to be. This is called rigour, Charles, as opposed to making shit up and defaming people with absolutely no evidence, as we’ve just seen (again) from Bill.

  12. Penelope Marshall

    September 24, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Excellent documentary on current water issues in the Coromandel!
    Published on Sep 23, 2015
    On the 13th and 14th of September, 2015, the Department of Conservation aerially spread 1080 poison across 23,500 hectares of the Coromandel Peninsula. Enough poison was distributed to kill over 340,000 people.

  13. Lewis Hore

    September 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Who would be responsible if a visitor to the park looked up when a helicopter flew over dropping 12 gram baits and had an eye damaged or knocked out by one, I guess as usual nobody would be responsible except the person who wore it,they shouldn’t have looked up!!
    Lewis Hore

  14. Bob Williamson

    September 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    The main issue here for me personally is that witnesses saw families with children and trampers walking out of this drop zone at the time the drop was in progress ,That they were in this zone at the time of the drop was born out by the fact they all said they passed baits on the track. As to any wrong doing on DOC’s part here,I call it wrong to expose any person to compound 1080, and the 1080 laden dust that quite possibly/and usually accompanies these these operations.Doc obviously think its ok to do this,But many do not,perhaps the following is why, US Department of Health And Human Services .
    Sodium Fluoroacetate as the dust or in solution is highly toxic ,
    Sodium Fluoroacetate can effect the body if it is inhaled , if it comes in contact with the eyes or the skin,or if it is swallowed.It may enter the body through the skin.
    A debate can be had as to does signage erected excuse DOC’s actions or not.But the fact is,by not closing this area to the public,they knowingly chose to drop baits containing an extremely toxic substance on park users,among which some were children ,I consider this action unacceptable ,to put it kindly .Also I am rather curious as to what motivated Dave Hansford to be camped on the spot ,during the drop and for several days afterwards .I do hope there was no political agenda involved

  15. Sherrill

    September 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    As a Grandmother, born in NZ I am shocked and horrified by the casual attitude to carpeting our forests with a highly toxic poison to which there is no antidote.
    Mr Hansford seems to be the rent a mouth for the Poisoners. His message to an increasingly concerned public appears to be “its all fine, nothing bad happened here, nothing to see, move along please. “. When you take your soul out from the box under the bed in the future I can only imagine the pain you will feel when the implications of your perfidy impact on you. Poison is NEVER the answer. Your grasp of the true science of this class one A WHO classified poison Is tenuous to say the least and you are doing yourself and the people of NZ no favours in trying to make black white.

  16. Charles Cadwallader

    September 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Dear Mr Hansard

    Would you be able to tell me if you were you present in your official capacity, or merely as an interested observer? I have to suspect the former otherwise, why would you be checking GPS coordinates of bait drops?

    If it was in your official capacity, are you able to tell me what that is please?

    Lastly, one question you haven’t answered – why were Local Service Volunteer youths allowed to camp in the camping ground at Boom Flats that had been closed by DoC (see the sign) and had a Danger 1080 sign posted right in the middle of their camp?

    And the bonus question – any ideas what the uniform-sized pellet shaped stuff in the dozen or so bags was?

    Seriously, I am interested to know.


  17. Blair

    September 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    So Dave Hansford,why so defensive? “The photographs are NOT evidence of any wrongdoing on DOC’s part.” It’s all right we know why!

    It would appear quite a few people were in the upper Kauaeranga River area before and after the drops and found pellets!
    Also you state that these camp grounds,trainees etc were all staying in areas outside the drop zone! That’s all well and fine Dave but where were they when not at the areas they were staying? There were bags of “something” that people were not happy to discuss in the trainees camp! Being of military type nature would it be outside the realm of reality to expect these trainees have been sworn to secrecy?
    As well as this we have you admitting and others saying they walked in and found baits! Yes?
    So we come back to the “choppers being used in inaccessible areas” lie again!
    The lies surrounding the “safe and legal” use of 1080 go round and round and round!!

  18. Mary

    September 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    A tiny reminder to all, Dave Hansford, never supports any argument from any anti 1080 person and is and has been much employed by the former Animal Health Board and no doubt its new being Ospri & Tbfree, certainly he always support them on various facebook pages. Similarly the Department of Conservation has employed him.
    You might say an anti 1080 person is biased and certainly we would not like to have our children subject to what we believe is dangerous, and you really must understand that Dave is entirely the other way, no matter what.
    He is currently undertaking to write a book about 1080 and has endeavoured to recruit some anti 1080 people to speak to him while making clear that the book will not support their stance. Similarly I was disconcerted when two of my anti 1080 contacts phoned and asked me if I was talking to Dave over this book as he had stated he was talking with Mary Molloy. Time was not arranged for an interview and I was away at the time Dave was on the West Coast, so no commitment.
    Older and wiser having been interviewed by what I thought was a reporter who was doing a story on 1080 some years back and finding it was Dave and his twists and turns in that piece did not impress.
    I believe it is very dangerous and unconscionable to drop this around young volunteers and I would be coming for the credentials of the person responsible if it my child was involved.
    1080 and 1080 dead things are not part of my idea of clean green NZ or my drinking water.
    Thank you to those who took the trouble to monitor this drop, they will be ridiculed by the likes of Dave however, their credibility is good with me.

  19. Michelle Terry

    September 21, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    No one outside of NZ First truly has a political agenda other than to stop the inhumane suffering and public health risk that arises from this extraordinarily cavalier attitude, and use of, a Deadly Poison without antidote via aerial landscape sowing.

    This is a regime that is not backed by the proper epidemiological studies to support the DoC storyline of safety to public health. What’s more, it is in complete disregard to our recognition of animals as sentient beings or even the most basic humane treatment of our fellow creatures. Zero compassion in fact. We are simply archaic in this matter.

    And it would be infinitely better to conduct an exploration of the truth about the alleged success and safety of this “treatment” with an independent group of experts. A panel not connected to either the NZ government or the farming community, or indeed the organisation known as DoC.

    The big issue is that according to international policy in public health & safety, the manufactures label needs to be adhered to. Clearly with aerial-1080 use over the last 60 years or more, this is being ignored with no rationale and, once again, with no epidemiological studies to investigate the potential consequences to public health.

    As for baits, many went awry as usual. But of course we are well past the stage when a few baits in water is news. There is Resource Consent nowadays after all and we have been desensitised to the horror of a water poison entering our water supplies. Or have we?

    What was in the bags that were photographed at the LSV camp? Invisible baits? Picked up by volunteers? If that actually IS the case then the ethics involved in the whole 1080 debate just got more scary. We are not a Third World country, but we are doing a good job of pretending to be.

    The last paragraph of the previous comment (7) is very apt, not for those opposed to the unsustainable aerial-1080 programme, but for the writer of that advocacy statement for the government poisoning agenda.

  20. Neville Du Fall

    September 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Dave Hansford. You say “the baits photographed in the upper Kauaeranga River were well inside the operational area”. Where is YOUR PROOF. If you want to call those accurately reporting on this drop liars, you will need to provide proof. You have provided nothing.

    Can I suggest you need to re read your final sentence and follow you own advice.

  21. Lewis Hore

    September 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    The aerial spreading of the one of the worlds most toxic poisons has no political agenda with me regardless of whether or not it was excluded from picnic areas, I wouldn’t drink water from stream that had rotten animal carcasses in it.

    If it is such a great saviour of our wildlife why after fifty years of use is there being more and more used when it is not working. What it is doing is destroying NZs reputation as clean and green.
    Lewis Hore

  22. Dave Hansford

    September 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I was present throughout the aerial 1080 operation in the Coromandel last weekend, and for several days afterwards. The campground where the recruits stayed, like all campgrounds, picnic areas, hostels etc was excluded from the drop zone. I personally went to visit the trainees and I asked them whether they had seem any 1080 baits. Not one of them had.

    The baits photographed in the upper Kauaeranga River were well inside the operational area. I went up there to look for myself and I found baits too. I GPSed the line. It was not outside any operational boundary. DOC had permission from the Medical Officer of Health to drop baits into water at least nine kilometres upstream of the Thames draw. The photographs are NOT evidence of any wrongdoing on DOC’s part.

    Debates such as this one would be infinitely better conducted if people would stop fabricating their own versions of the truth to advance their political agendas.


    September 21, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Seems NZ and Tasmania have a lot more in common than there relative geographical locations.

  24. Tricia Cheel

    September 21, 2015 at 12:21 am

    If I was a parent of one of those recruits I would be ropable and ask that their health be monitored for the next 50 years: and that of any offspring if they were lucky enough to be able to conceive after this exposure! I would consider this reckless disregard for my son or daughter and be demanding answers for a ton of question. Unbelievably stupid thing to do!

  25. Michelle Terry

    September 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    DoC got caught up in their initial greed in a campaign that has taken the soul out of what they were supposed to stand for. Something rotten has carried over from their predessesor, NZ Forest Services. Perhaps that something grew out of a polarised desire to keep things pure and pristine; yet still develop and profit from the land.

    There is a shifting of blame for what has clearly gone wrong, and this has turned itself into an industry for profit: Conservation for Prosperity. Dollars and a denial of what biodiversity really means. But dollars for the few, not a prosperity or even a safe food supply from valuable wildlife for the many. Poisoning lays to waste.

    We are witnessing an ecological purism that stems from the same place as Nazi Germany’s campaign for a pure race. Something that calls to something twisted in the human psyche. It needs rooting out, stamping out and replacing with compassion. No more of this unsustainable pest control using deadly poison.

    Didn’t New Zealand recently acknowledge animals as sentient beings? Publicly and with much fanfare?

    Native numbers are still declining. Why? We have taken 85% of native habitat and continue to pollute the ecosystems through agriculture and industry. Yet there is a shifting of blame.

    There is no credible proof of success of aerial-1080, no data that stands up to scrutiny. There are only calls to use more and more. And demonisation of wildlife. A hate campaign in fact.

    1080 is an ecosystem poison, a mitochondrial poison, a male fertility toxin, the list goes on for this metabolic poison. Subacute or chronic poisoning is a very real risk. It is extraordinarily potent, a teaspoon of manufactured sodium monofluoroacetate has enough killing power to end the lives of about 100 people. And there is no viable antidote. Furthermore, there is no epidemiological data to back up the govt story of public health safety. None.

    Involving the army’s Limited Service Volunteers (whatever they were there for) is simply taking it too far.

    What price this dirty conservation?

  26. Ian Rist

    September 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    This madness has the potential to bring the NZ meat and dairy industry to its knees.

    Who is aiding and abetting this madness?

    Could it be the NZ government have an interest in 1080…YOU BET.

    Two of the Government Ministers are the major shareholders of Animal Control Products…the same people that supplied the Brodifacoum baits for Macquarie Island.

  27. Mary

    September 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    All those who share this cavalier attitude of an ecotoxin is not harmful, should remember what they are using it for.

    It is killing, so why subject our people especially young volunteers to this “NZ’s killing fields”

    Those who dumb-down the serious and dangerous nature of this poison should lose their jobs and probably get some of their own back, not a threat but a high likelihood as NZers are constantly told how good this is for them and how safe, then it must be safe for those who use it and spread it near and over us? Sounds logical to me, Ban 1080 now.

  28. Richard Dods

    September 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    No excuse good enough for using such an inhumane poison, let alone dropping it over people – there is no antidote for 1080 poisoning.

    “A review of the information on 1080 (www.1080science.co.nz) used in its reassessment by ERMA in 2007 showed that this chemical has an amazing ability to spread. Again and again in research, “control” samples have become accidentally contaminated with 1080.

    Because 1080 poison is highly soluble it spreads very fast in water and also up food chains. For example, researchers found 100% mortality of aphids on broad bean plants grown in 0.00005% 1080 solution.

    1080 has been shown to pass readily into milk and meat. In mammals, it causes birth defects, reduced fertility, damage to reproductive organs and other organs including the brain and heart…”

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