Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Wild Animals Wrongly Blamed for TB

Wild Animals Wrongly Blamed for TB

Waikato TBFree is wrongly blaming wild animals in a forlorn attempt to justify topdressing countryside with 1080 poison says a national hunting advocacy.

Laurie Collins of the West Coast, convenor of the Sporting Hunters’ Outdoor Trust (SHOT) said the attempt by Waikato TBfree Committee Chairman John Bubb revealed ignorance about Tb testing, wild animals and the history of bovine TB.

Laurie Collins who spent a lifetime from his early career in the 1950s with the NZ Forest Service when 1080 was first introduced and then subsequently through pest board work and private trapping said of the “many thousands” of possums he handled, not one had Tb.

“Some obviously sick possums were sent away for diagnosis but not one had TB,” he said. “Possums suffer highly in wet weather periods contracting pleurisy and pneumonia. Mortality can be as high as 50 percent.”

He said Waikato TBfree spokesman John Bubb seemed unaware that the skin test for stock which formed the bulk of TB testing had a 20 percent error rate.

“That means by simple arithmetic, the probability is one in 10 stock tested, is infected but not identified by skin testing, known as a sleeper. Sleeper animals can then be sold, transported and infect a new herd and area.”

Laurie Collins said last year the Animal Health Board spokesman John Deal admitted potential sources for TB outbreaks included the movement of animals or the possibility that it has been in the herd some time, but not shown up in testing.

“Deal was referring to Taranaki which had several recent TB outbreaks but has no possums,” said Laurie Collins. “So much for the possum TB myth.”

Laurie Collins said New Zealand bovine TB rates were exceptionally low about 40 times less than the UK.

He dismissed John Bubb’s claim that “in TB risk areas, possums cause the majority of new herd infections in farmed cattle and deer.”

“This is absolute nonsense. To the contrary most TB outbreaks can be traced to transport of stock. In a number of cases the authorities knowing this have not prosecuted.”

Laurie Collins cited cases such as King country farmed deer transported to Wairoa introducing the disease to a TB-free region and in Marlborough where cattle transportation introduced the disease to the TB-free Wairau Valley’s Northbank.

“In any case with an error-prone test, TBfree wouldn’t have a clue if disease had come aboard a cattle truck or not.”

Laurie Collins rejected any claims hunters were only concerned about wild deer being poisoned and said hunters did not want silent forests devoid of bird life.

He said the indiscriminate topdressing of thousands of hectares with 1080 and other poisons, had wiped thousands of birds especially species like kea, falcon, morepork, robins, tomtits and others.

“Also 1080 was originally developed in the 1920s as a potent insecticide that happens to kill any and every living creature that comes in contact with it. It kills native bees and worms and insects, the latter often the food of native species such as kiwi, fantails, tomtits and others.”

Laurie Collins said in his work and leisure time over 50 years he had seen numerous examples of “morgue-like” forests after 1080.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

InternetNZ On Snowden Docs: Mass Collection Of Pacific Data Affects Kiwi Holidaymakers

The allegation that New Zealand has conducted mass data harvesting on its Pacific Island neighbours raises concerns about New Zealanders’ communications being collected, says InternetNZ.

“If the allegations are correct, then New Zealand would be mining data about everyone in the Pacific Islands named in the allegations. That’s everyone. Not just individuals who attract specific surveillance warrants, but everyone. This means local residents to visiting Kiwi tourists could be having their data collected." More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news