Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Hunters Say Remutaka 1080 Drop as Based on Fiction

A big game hunters’ group has criticised a 1080 poison aerial drop on 24,000 hectares of mountain country between Hutt Valley and the Wairarapa as being ecologically damaging and not justified.

The Sporting Hunters’ Outdoor Trust (SHOT) said the poison scattering for possums in the Remutaka Ranges (Rimutaka) for bovine TB control was an operation by TBfree, an arm of OSPRI, formerly the Animal Health Board.

SHOT spokesman Laurie Collins said publicity produced by TBfree contained so many incorrect facts tantamount to fiction that it was laughable.

“However it’s no laughing matter since vast sums of public money are being wastefully spent and because 1080, first developed as an insecticide, is an ecosystem poison that will kill invertebrates, birds and game animals such as deer. Of course we’re concerned about deer as they are harmless. We care about birds too. No one wants silent poisoned forests. Sadly all poisoned creatures whether birds, animals ir insects, will die a slow lingering cruel death over 48 hours, more or less.”

ends
However Laurie Collins said OSPRI’s TBfree publicity was "short on facts but full on fiction". Inside sources had reported there have been no Tb reactors in farm stock in the Wairarapa and area adjoining the Remutaka Ranges in recent years. Besides Tb was not spread by possums as OSPRI claimed. In Parliament in 2016 the government’s Minister for Primary Production answered a question by NZ First MP Richard Prosser and said extensive autopsies of over 9800 possums had revealed not one Tb infected marsupial. In addition infection rates in NZ are so very low as it be well under the World Health ruling for achieving TB-free status.

Meanwhile OSPRI continued to use an archaic stock test based on skin testing which had an error rate of about 25%. The error rate of the skin test resulted in TB infected stock passed as clear and thus remain in farm herds thereby infecting other animals whose immune systems were below par. Laurie Collins said the blood test was almost totally accurate and should be used instead.

“If I was cynical I’d have to ask whether dogmatically using an unreliable test is done to keep a bureaucratic empire functioning?” he said.

Also questionable was whether New Zealand had actually been TB-free for a considerable number of years.

“In fact New Zealand has been Tb-Free for probably the last ten years and the whole OSPRI anti-possum 1080 operations are an expensive charade. There is a lack of justification and enormous ecological damage is being done,” said Laurie Collins.

He said the consequence of mega-1080 drops was a complete disruption of the natural food chain balance and as research has showed, in a few short years, resulted in massive upsurges of fast breeding species like rats and stoats.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels