One of our younger readers, Rebekah Collins, has been doing research on the impact of 1080 on living organisms. She wrote the piece below as a Comment, but we felt it needed more exposure, so with her permission, here it is as an article.
1080 causes long and painful death
I feel that Susan Boyde is a part of a group of people misguiding the public over the damage that 1080 poison does to any living organism that consumes it, whether by primary or secondary methods.
Sodium monofluroacetate is a chemical molecule that binds to proteins necessary for the metabolic processes in all living beings. The result of this chemical binding is the halting of the Kreb’s Cycle, a metabolic cycle that when stopped, will result in death of the organism.
This induces a long and painful process in the organism that involves loss of muscle control, digestive function and in the last stages, cessation of cardiac and pulmonary functions.
Contrary to seemingly popular belief of 1080 poison supporters, this process is not short, and it is most certainly not painless.
Proof than 1080 does not discriminate
From my experience, it was significantly easier to find scientific documentation, that had been peer reviewed (as was a requirement of our paper), that supported the belief that 1080 is destructive to all living organisms, not just the pests that are the supposed target.
It would appear, to me at least, that Susan Boyde is simply repeating the same argument with slightly different details that organisations like DoC have been saying for years.
I believe that the very fact that a component of 1080 bait is bird seed, speaks very clearly for itself.
It doesn’t take a genius to come to the conclusion that birds are attracted to bird seed and therefore make the leap in logic that 1080 is a threat to bird life when bird seed is a component of bait containing a deadly poison with no antidote.