Is 1080 needed to control Tb?
- The ERMA Reassessment of 1080 found problems with the arguments the Animal Health Board used to support aerial 1080 for Tb control
- The Parliamentary Commissioner did not review the use of 1080 for Tb control “in any detail”.
- Undiagnosed Tb-infected cattle are a major problem in Tb control
Spreads infection via movement of stock
May increase infection via stress and poor hygiene
- There is no evidence of any possum giving Tb to a cow. Researchers have even had trouble getting possums to give it to each other.
- Aerial poisoning of the landscape, called “possum control”, and testing and slaughtering of infected livestock were used together to control Tb. Widespread poisoning occurred even if there was only suspected infection in wildlife.
- Very little is known about how Tb is transmitted between animals in New Zealand. Because of this the control plan being used by TbFree is based on assumptions, which are proving to be wrong.