The biggest danger to bird life and bio-diversity are the animal haters with their obsessive ignorance in using ecosystem poisons such as brodifacoum and 1080. Outdoor writer and author, Tony Orman.
American professor highly critical
New Zealand’s programme “Predator-Free 2050” set is flawed and unrealistic says an American professor, an expert in both biology and ecology.
The bloody decision by some New Zealanders to try to return to what used to be by slaughtering millions of non-native animals is troubling from biological and ethical perspectives, says Dr. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado
People who want to mass kill non-native invasive animals, also called pests, naively think that such widespread slaughter will be the panacea and return New Zealand’s landscapes to what they used to be.
Why the wild animal hatred?
Dr Bekoff described as “inane” a comment by Nicola Toki, the Threatened Species Ambassador of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC), that everybody hates possums.
Dr Bekoff’s criticism of Predator Free 2050 received strong support. Spokesman for New Zealand’s Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust, Laurie Collins, said wild animal hatred was still evident particularly in the Department of Conservation and its close associate Forest and Bird.
He said poisoning only undermined Nature’s established predator-prey relationships.
1080 upsets the natural order
Research showed following 1080 drops rat numbers exploded from survivors to three times original numbers.
That in turn triggers an explosion of stoat numbers since stoats prey on rats. It’s biologically insane. Utterly stupid,” says Laurie.
Outdoor writer and author Tony Orman said Predator Free 2050 was totally unrealistic as it was unachievable.
It will fail. Millions of taxpayer dollars will have been wasted and there will be a massive bill for the ecological damage. Let’s not forget many of its proponents won’t be around in 2050 to try to answer for their irresponsible stupidity.
He said DOC officer Nicola Toki was totally wrong saying “everybody hates possums.”
his is the typical vitriolic unhealthy vile attitude the more extreme wild animal haters have. In one way I feel sorry for them.
A phobia about wild animals
New Zealanders who have criticized the mass killing campaign have been publicly insulted and threatened with violence, in retaliation for their views by people who have come to hate the animals supposedly causing problems.
Dr Bekoff criticised New Zealand’s recruiting youngsters to kill as had occurred in primary schools.
Kids are also brought into the arena of mass killing. But violence toward non-humans (animals) has been linked to violence toward humans, he said.
Tony Orman said the hatred of wild animals had been evident for years. He cited an American Professor William Graf who after visiting New Zealand to see the government’s attempts to exterminate wild deer, said authorities and government agencies had an anti-exotic wild animal phobia.
Slow-to-kill poisons morally wrong and highly damaging
The use of slow-to-kill poisons was morally wrong. 1080 takes up to and over 48 hours to kill animals and birds while brodifacoum used by DOC and the Waikato Regional Council, takes up to 20 days and even more.
He expressed deep concern that in some schools youngsters had been taught the ‘wild animal hatred’ doctrine. There were reports of DOC officers visiting schools and preaching the “wild animal hate” philosophy.
Tony Orman said the hatred of introduced species was very selective and hypocrisy at its worst.
He says that … all humans are introduced by way of migration. New Zealand’s economy is based around primary production involving sheep, cattle, dairy cows, grapes, fruit trees, pasture grasses and other introduced species.
Possums were not a pest as a senior scientist once told a DOC pest workshop. Predator-prey relationships happen world-wide.
The biggest danger to bird life and bio-diversity are the animal haters with their obsessive ignorance in using ecosystem poisons such as brodifacoum and 1080, he says.