Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has today released a report investigating the use of 1080 – Evaluating the use of 1080: Predators, poisons and silent forests.
In the report Dr Wright recommends against a moratorium on 1080 citing the damage that would be done to native forests and animals if such a ban went ahead.
“Possums, rats and stoats are chewing up our forests to the point that we are only a generation away from seeing regional extinctions of kiwis and other native species where no pest control is carried out.
“There are other pest control methods that are more suitable than 1080 in certain circumstances but on much of our conservation land there is currently nothing else that will effectively kill possums, rats and stoats.
“While there may be an alternative to 1080 one day, if we want to keep our forests for future generations we simply cannot afford to stop using 1080. Time is not a luxury we have.
“So many of our native forests, birds, reptiles and insects are unlike those found anywhere else in the world and form a distinct part of our identity. It would be a travesty to allow these to disappear.”
The report will be tabled in Parliament today and recommends that:
A PDF of the report is available here
A short explanation of the report is available on youtube here
For more information contact:
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
021 471 159