Greens Welcome Review Of 1080
Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said she was pleased that the poison 1080 would be reassessed for the first time since it was first approved in 1964.
"Since 1964 new evidence and new concerns have arisen about the nature and the use of 1080 and we welcome the ERMA reassessment as an opportunity to increase our knowledge and to clear up disagreements," said Ms Fitzsimons.
"The Green position has been that the aerial use of 1080 in remote areas is a vital tool in the control of pests. However alternative ground-based methods such as trapping and bait stations should be used wherever possible.
"We believe aerial poisoning is being used at present where other methods are possible."
Ms Fitzsimons said there was some new evidence that 1080 may be a human reproductive toxin and as a result there was serious concern about 1080 entering streams and water supplies.
"There are also concerns that 1080 may be harmful to insects such as bees and invertebrates which are important parts of the ecosystem.
"The Greens are pleased that at long last 1080 will be thoroughly reassessed. We welcome ERMA taking this on and look forward to a higher level of knowledge and understanding after this review."