Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says 1080 poison will continue to play a key role in pest eradication. Photo / NZ Herald

Ban 1080 Party reject government aim

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Nelson based Ban 1080 Party has rejected the government’s bid for a predator-free New Zealand by 2050 as “justification for another 34 years of spreading 1080”.

Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday a new goal of exterminating every rat, stoat, possum and feral cat from New Zealand, describing it as the most ambitious conservation project in the world.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says 1080 poison will continue to play a key role in that.

“It is always going to be the weapon of choice … in the battle to get rid of these vermin in the very steep country,” she said.

Ban 1080 Party president and Nelson local, Bill Wallace, dismissed it as a pipe dream.

“It’s justification for another 34 years of spreading 1080 in ever-greater quantities,” says Bill.

He doubted private companies would want to be associated with a poisoning programme in which animals died “slow and tortured deaths”.

Farmers Against Ten Eighty spokeswoman Mary Molloy, says the ideal is laudable but not feasible.

Federated Farmers spokesman for pest management Chris Allen says it fully supports the target, but notes eradication will take billions of dollars to achieve using current technologies.

“Federated Farmers want an assurance that the money will be made available to investigate new strategies and technologies,” says Chris.

 

– Story with Laura Mills, New Zealand Herald.