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 […]
About Dr J.C. Pollard, BSc (Hons), PhD, Zoology
Dr Jo Pollard qualified at Honours level in ecology (Limnology, Ecology and Applied Ecology) and animal behavior then spent 18 years conducting research on animal management with AgResearch. She has particular interests in animal welfare, NZ’s ecology, and scientific integrity.
Entries by Dr J.C. Pollard, BSc (Hons), PhD, Zoology
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 […]
To monitor effects of 1080 poisoning, Kea are harrassed during nesting and year round. Many wear backpacks with transmitters. Quotes on Harrassment: “The interests of the bird come first. Birds respond to people in many ways, depending on the species, location and time of year. Disturbance can keep birds from their nests, leaving chicks hungry […]
The Department of Conservation (DoC) explains: “High levels of seed production (‘mast’) in our beech forests is expected to trigger a rodent and stoat explosion later this year. When seed supplies run out these predators will turn on endangered birds… “A widespread rodent and stoat plague in South Island beech forests would put some of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
- Response to the Department of Conservation’s reply to “Aerial 1080 poisoning in New Zealand: reasons for concern”
- Aerial 1080 poisoning in New Zealand: Reasons for concern
- Aerial Monofluoroacetate in New Zealand’s Forests
- Department of Conservation Tackles Rats …
- Is DoC saving kiwi or accelerating their demise?