The signs on the buses are being removed! It looks as though the Poisoners have been at work complaining. I believe there are proper channels to go through but this doesn’t appear to be what has happened in this case. Environmentalist Bill Benfield
Getting the ‘Ban 1080’ message out!
Many readers will have seen the news about the Department of Conservation admitting that 1080 had killed kea.
To their credit, the DomPost recently featured a missive from a Kapiti resident “voicing” criticism of DoC’s use of 1080, as letter of the day with a photo.
One senses that there is a growing ground swell against the poisoning, especially as one on the Coalition partners, New Zealand First, has campaigned to ban 1080. There was also a big march in Coromandel recently.
Eugenie Sage, a Greenie, is the new Minister of Conservation. So is there hope of ending the spread of sodium fluoroacetate?
Unfortunately the Greens, despite their name, have said 1080 poisoning is not desirable but it’s the only way to protect our birds etc …
They quote, like anyone looking for a crutch to support 1080, Commissioner of the Environment, Jan Wright’s tired and flawed report from 2011.
Pressure to interfer with freedom of expression
Now the endangered kea and the need to ban 1080 has featured on a Mana bus. (See below) But as Bill spells out above, the pro-poisoners have been at work to have the signs removed. We all know that the pro-1080 lobby has powerful supporters in Forest and Bird, Federated Farmers ,TB Free NZ and OSPRI.
Ring 0800 801 700 to show your support for the signs. At the very least, the signs are examples of freedom of expression in a democracy.
Bill says I am told a bus on the route between Porirua and Wellington has a sign about the possibility of 1080 poison being in honey. (We’ll get the photo up tomorrow.)