STOP the drop of 1080 (aka sodium monofluoroacetate)
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To the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr. Jan Wright
1080 or aka sodium monofluoroacetate is an A CLASS A TOXIN LETHAL TO ALL THAT BREATHES AIR this includes mammals, humans, birds, bats, insects, lizards, koura, etc. The aerial application of 1080 poison is banned in the U.S. due to
"THE EXTREME HAZARD TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT." (From the USA Environmental Protection Agency)
New Zealand is by buying almost 90% of the worlds production of 1080 and therefore almost the only buyer left to use sodium monofluoroacetate for the eradication of pests. As this is a sad fact it is also a very antiquated method to deal with an issue that could be solved much better when researched properly.
Most countries in the world have stopped using 1080 poison. Their decision is not based on emotional reasons, but on definite outcome of research and proven damage it has done to their country, be it environmentally, economically, for health reasons or otherwise.
If the citizens of New Zealand continue to allow the government to buy this poison, not only will we be resposible to damage our environment that many have come to appreciate worldwide and therefore visiting us on a regular basis, but also the damage it does to our economic/financial side. Certain international buyers of New Zealand meats have already discontinued to buy from us for the definite reason of using 1080 poison.
This is only the beginning, as other nations too will come to know about it and discontinue to buy meat and other products from us.
Don't forget the Hunting and Fishing Industry. A whole sector is dimishing day by day, as hunters and fishers cannot hunt and fish any longer. Our rivers are getting poisoned by the airial drops and the trout are not eatable any longer. Nor are the animals hunted in the bushlands, as the effects may take a day or longer to be visible on larger prey and as they get taken home to be eaten...unthinkable.
Support to stop 1080 in this country is growing daily as the tourist industry is going to stop promoting New Zealand as a clean green environment. Tourists are not ignorant and ask about the signs posted all over the country side. They will not return and as in any business venture each buyer who leaves unhappily tells ten more potential buyers not to buy from you. As Tourism is based on word of mouth in Europe, which is our largest group of visitors and our biggest financial backbone, this is a very fine line between being loved or loathed as a country with a clean green stamp it likes to give itself. When the fact that a visitor cannot appreciate the unique wilderness of our Country any longer falls away, what reason is there to visit a country that has nothing else to offer than a 'clean green' lie?
The answer to this must be subsequentially that we will stand alone in the pacific with our poisoned environment and a branding of being a country that is using a CRUEL POISON ON THEIR ANIMALS AND ENVIRONMENT. This label alone will stop any relationship that is necessary for New Zealands international reputation and survival as Europeans in particular are very aware of both environmental health and animal cruelty.
Other than that and as you may know, here are a few more facts from another site that promotes to stop the use of 1080 in our country. (http://www.stop1080poison.com)
2. 1080 IS INHUMANE - ANIMALS AND BIRDS CAN SUFFER FOR HOURS, EVEN DAYS BEFORE DYING. Conveniently hidden in the bush, 1080 is responsible for killing countless creatures.
3. 1080 KEEPS ON KILLING MANY MONTHS AFTER IT IS DROPPED.
Non-target creatures can be poisoned through direct or secondary poisoning, and so it goes on through the food chain.
4. 1080 IS AN INDISCRIMINATE CLASS A POISON WITH NO ANTIDOTE. In more than 50 years of 1080 use in NZ, thousands of family pets and valuable farm stock have suffered the cruel death of 1080 poisoning.
5. 1080 IS A REPRODUCTIVE TOXIN WITH LINKS TO ENDOCRINE DISRUPTION, having the potential to affect breeding and cause abnormalities in the unborn foetus.
6. THE EFFECTS OF CONTINUED 1080 USE ON OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR ECOSYSTEM, ON ENDANGERED NATIVE SPECIES AND HUMANS cannot be predicted, but it can definitely be imagined.
The concerns are real and frightening. TV3 has very recently shown a reportage on two women who where having a picknick during a 1080 poison drop and are scared about the effects of the dust breathed in, in fact mabe even killing them slowly. This for me is reason enough to post this and I would like to ask for your support that it does not happen to you or me or any breathing creature living in our still wonderful country. I aks for you to re-think your way of dealing with this issue and stop using this poison.
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