Entries by Dr J.C. Pollard, BSc (Hons), PhD, Zoology

Loss of science quality in NZ is having dire consequences

Loss of science quality in New Zealand is having dire consequences Back in the 1990s, in at least one institution, rigorous government science was alive and well. At Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, “Lab” meetings were being held where the scientist (or trembling student) presented his or her proposed experiment: the background, hypotheses to be tested […]

Response to the Department of Conservation’s reply to “Aerial 1080 poisoning in New Zealand: reasons for concern”

Abstract A recent review highlighting several reasons for concern regarding the New Zealand Government’s policy of widespread aerial poisoning with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), was sent to several Government ministers and staff (in August 2016). A letter in reply, in support of the ongoing use of 1080, was received from the Department of Conservation (DoC). The […]

Aerial 1080 poisoning in New Zealand: Reasons for concern

Abstract Reasons to be concerned about the widespread use of aerially distributed food baits containing 1080 poison (sodium monofluoroacetate) for pest control in New Zealand are evident in scientific publications and government reviews and reports. Many hazardous properties and a lack of scientific knowledge of the effects of 1080 were described in a comprehensive report […]

A Scientific Evaluation of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s view on 1080

Introduction In June 2011 New Zealand’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), Dr Jan Wright, announced that there should be more 1080 poison spread by air across NZ’s wilderness areas. Furthermore that the use of aerial 1080 and other poisons to control pests should be subject to fewer regulations (PCE, 2011). Dr Wright had reviewed […]

1080 Poison | Science and Facts

PUBLISHED BY THE GREYMOUTH STAR Any true scientist would be intensely annoyed to see wishful thinking and casual observations (rather than properly replicated experiments with appropriate controls) masquerading as science, especially when lots of people actually believed in it. Quinn Whiting-O’Keefe is a true scientist. In the film Poisoning Paradise he is so incensed at […]

At least 65 dogs in a year poisoned by 1080 in New Zealand

PUBLISHED BY SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS Research by the National Poisons Centre and the Otago University’s Pharmacy School which was presented at an International Poisons Congress in 2008 found that dogs across New Zealand are at extreme risk of poisoning from 1080(1). The researchers carried out a postal survey of 125 randomly-selected veterinarians. Fifty-two vets responded […]