1080 – Environmental Mana from the Sky

Greenie Academic Fiction writer

Greenie Academic Fiction writer

No matter what side of the 1080 – monosodium flouroacetate – environmental poisoning program, both here and in New Zealand one sits on; at the end of this lead-in, is a reasonably comprehensive little story out of New Zealand, all parties and individuals may wish to read.

New Zealand is the pariah to some and the saviour to many – in global terms – when it comes to the use of this pest control process. Un-surprisingly; the anti-1080 movement are forever asking as a spoiling tactic, for testing to be done; testing which has been done so many times before, but the results are never to the liking of these protestors.

It matters not how many times one watches the same race; no amount of reviewing the final outcome will change the result. Just weariness on the part of those involved from having been subjected to the ever persistent and dogmatic views driving the opposition.

Now the fishermen/anglers of New Zealand’s wilderness rivers are at it, and once more, the authorities are doing as they should to appease the concerned and conducting yet again, more trials.
Forget the well published facts from reputable sources where almost ever since 1080 has been under the scrutiny of scientists; it has been known the poison – monosodium flouroacetate – in either rain or flowing water, breaks down to a harmless substance very quickly indeed. The hyperlinked text below here will take you to such a site, but there are many more if one wishes to search.

Naturally occurring bacteria and fungi found in soil, water and bait materials readily break down 1080. It therefore does not cause a build-up of toxic residues in soil, water or plants. 1080’s persistence in the environment depends on rainfall, temperature and amount of bacteria present.

There is considerable variation in susceptibility between species of animals. Dogs and foxes are the most susceptible of all animals to 1080. In general, birds show considerably more resistance than mammals. Cold-blooded animals such as reptiles and fish are the most resistant.

More, again from the Queensland DAFF site

Here are some interesting examples of calculations detailing the risks to humans and wildlife:

• One of the risks of 1080 is the leaching of the 1080 from the impregnated baits due to rainfall. If an area were heavily poisoned using 8 kilos of 6 milligram of wild dog baits per hectare ( containing 48 mg of 1080 per kilogram of bait ), and all of this was leached out due to 50mm of rain, an individual person would need to drink 169 271 L of contaminated water before receiving a lethal dose.

• If a hunter shot a 60kg feral pig that was in the latent period following ingestion of 3kg of 1080 bait (at a rate of 1152mg 1080/kg), and based on the unlikely assumption that half the ingested poison has become evenly distributed through the carcass, that hunter would need to eat 36.1 kg in one sitting before being at risk.

Now New Zealand is without doubt, the laboratory of all laboratories where this substance is concerned, and it is what happens and what the science finds devoid of propaganda from this nation; where all others such as Australia should look to when considering its use.

Click here and read the story by Andrew Stone of the ‘The New Zealand Herald’

Brumbyy (With 2Ys)




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