What are your thoughts about 24tonne of poison bait being spread from a helicopter within 5km of the Nelson CBD?
Not 1080, no, this substance is more toxic, less humane, and more environmentally persistent than 1080. “DOC no longer uses brodifacoum widely on the mainland because of concerns about residues accumulating in non-target species.” http://www.doc.govt.nz/
It’s secondary poisoning risk is higher, and has been known to kill kaka, robin, silver eye, weka, kingfisher, harriers, dotterel, duck, fern bird, petrel, gull, kakariki, kiwi, more pork, stilt, pukeko, plover, saddleback, shag, skua and tui. (And that’s just the native birds killed and tested positive for Brodifacoum, to list all animals at risk would take all day.)
The site for this proposed drop is of course the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, home to a whole spectrum of indigenous fauna, some rare and endangered.
Unless you are an adjacent landowner, you will not be notified of this or given the chance to voice your concerns. There will be no public submissions, or hearing process.
However, concerned adjoining landowners need your support. If you want to voice your concerns, whatever you have to say can be included in the submission made by an “affected party”.
We want to challenge the notification, and open the discussion that effects may not be considered less than minor.
“Given the national threat status of several birds, the Nelson green gecko, the forest ringlet butterfly and two plant species listed in the AEE and either (potentially) present or to be introduced to the sanctuary, … the preservation or protection of resources in this environment is considered a matter of national importance” – Report commissioned by NCC.
If you want to help, please post your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday Jan 22nd 2016.
Remember when an Iwi Leader was caught with 5 dead birds late last year, and faced charges under the Wildlife Act?
Or in 2010, when those tourists posted videos of themselves hunting Kereru, and the outrage that ensued caused them to promptly flee the country?
Why is it suddenly OK to cause the death of an unknown number of native wildlife when you’re calling it conservation? Death by hunting is certainly more humane than death by Brodifacoum…