Harm to native birds breeding capabilities
From: T. Benseman
To New Zealand Department of Conservation,
I am looking at DOCDM-25427-1080 Pesticide Review (iii) and it states 1080 has sublethal effects on reproduction and is classified as a teratogen. Couple that with a previous OIA where a DOC ranger says he has seen 1080 poo -heaps of it on the rocks, from Native Whio Blue ducks. Couple that with the one time you ever tested a Kiwi scat and it came back positive for 1080.
SO I want to know why you are feeding 1080 to our endangered native birds and then playing dumb in the newspapers saying basically Gee, we don't know why they are having breeding problems. Is there a government or bureaucratic directive to DOC to deny 1080 is a major problem for our native species because the folks who make 1080 at 408 Heads Road in Whanganui, are also the people who supply your department with most of its funding?
Can you please provide proof that the two native birds mentioned above are not effected by 1080 poisons teratogenic effects? Please provide evidence such as tracking gps waypoints, photographs and field notebook entries.
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