As you may know, I released my report on 1080 in June. The report was nearly a year in the making and concludes that stopping the use of 1080 would result in tragedy for many of our native species.
During the course of my investigation my staff and I met with many people from both sides of the 1080 debate. I was determined to get to grips with the science around 1080, the way it is used, and the issues this use has created. I decided that the best approach was to ask the question “what would a (almost) perfect pest control method be like?” against which 1080 and other pest control methods could be tested.
As I have frequently remarked, I was surprised at how well 1080 could control the possums, rats and stoats that are doing such damage to our great forests. There may be an alternative to 1080 at some time in the future, but until then we must continue to use, and indeed increase the use of, 1080. Our birds and bush do not have time on their side.
The full report is available here.