To Stop The Use of 1080 In NZ!

Death from 1080 is cruel and protracted. Animals receiving a lethal dose of 1080 show severe signs of poisoning, with death resulting from heart or respiratory failure. Clinical signs of poisoning include rapid and laboured breathing, tremors and muscle spasms, terminal convulsions and death. It usually takes possums between 6-18 hours to die.

A witness to a possum poisoning commented:

"From about four hours after poisoning until death all lethally dosed possums exhibited spasms involving the limbs or body. Possums vocalised during spasms, tremors or seizures. Vocalisation was loud and prolonged. (Squeaking, gasping and gagging noises were also frequently heard during retching and terminal breathing.) Seizures included stiffening of limbs with hunching of the shoulders; jerks in limbs, head, abdomen or shoulder; leg paddling; rolling onto the back with a stiffened body; continuous body rolling; trembling; and rigidity of the entire body. Possums were sometimes propelled into the air by these movements ..."

1080 is not a humane way to kill any animal. Death is painful, torturous and slow.

1080 Is Torture

1080 (sodium monofluroacetate) is a cruel and indiscriminate poison used to ‘remove’ unwanted populations of animals.

Banned in most countries, 1080 is still used liberally throughout Australia to control so-called ‘pest’ species, and reduce ‘browsing damage’ caused by native animals on private land.

1080 poison is a slow killer. When ingested (usually through baited food) the animal suffers a prolonged and horrific death. Herbivores take the longest to die – up to 44hrs, while carnivores can take up to 21hrs before finally succumbing to final effects of the poison. The speed of death is dependent on the rate of the animals metabolism.

1080 is a toxin so powerful and dangerous it is banned or being phased out in many countries.

A cruel and indiscriminate poison, 1080 is used to kill unwanted (‘pest') animals which include possums, feral cats, rabbits, rats and stoats. Its use in New Zealand has been a controversial issue since it was first employed as a pesticide in 1954. Research has shown that the use of this poison is extremely cruel, damaging to the environment and dangerous to people and non-target animals. However with New Zealand currently the largest user of 1080 in the world, its use is set to continue unless the government listens to the many organisations, experts and concerned members of the public calling for 1080 to be banned.

1. It is a cruel and disgusting way to kill a pest.

2. http://www.openureyes.org.nz/blog/?q=node/1359

3. http://www.stop1080poison.com/index.html