Showing posts from November, 2017

Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives

A second generation of ultra-potent rodenticides creates a first-class crisis for people, pets, and wildlife.

.... "So the general attitude among the public is “if a little poison’s good, a lot’s better.” But even a little second-generation rodenticide kills nontarget wildlife. Both first- and second-generation rodenticides prevent blood from clotting by inhibiting vitamin K, though the second-generation products build to higher concentrations in rodents and are therefore more lethal to anything that eats them."

..Consider the experience of Jeannine Altmeyer, a retired opera singer from the small south-coast town of Ojai, California. She had a major rat infestation because her 2.5-acre property is surrounded by orange and avocado farms. So in 2009 she hired a licensed exterminator. “These guys came every month for three years,” she told me. “There were far fewer rats for the first two years, but last winter we had a horrible infestation. Every night I’d see at least five rats c…

Despair by many on poisons being dropped in NZ...

Kathy White writes on Facebook -
"I've heard from five separate people within 24 hours about dogs and cats being killed by toxins laid by contractors. You can probably tell what I think about this. I'd like a magic wand to make the government acknowledge the problem it has created with its laissez-faire attitudes to pesticides in New Zealand. But instead of a wand, I just have my voice.In the last year, I have: 1. Written press releases on this topic but the bulk of them have only been published on Scoop. The one showing here was never published by Fairfax even though they happily published countless other opinion pieces by people who were on the side of the brodifacoum drop at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. I have been told by friendly journalists that editors restrict and restrain journalists' stories and letters about toxins. I sincerely hope this isn't true because it would confirm that we don't have freedom of speech or an unbiased media in this country.

Review of Quiet Forest ( by Leslie Clague at Kapiti Independent )

" This book by this particular author may be just the catalyst necessary to end New Zealand’s 1080 tragedy. I call it a “must read” for everyone, whether pro or con 1080. (Full Review click here: ...) The author is a medical doctor, specialising in Rheumatology. She has an MD in Immunology and is a Professor as well. Her career includes research and teaching, giving her the methodology necessary in writing this book.  An academic with a passion for the outdoors McQueen also has a passion for tramping and the New Zealand bush, particularly the alpine regions of the South Island, according to the “About the Author” paragraph at the beginning. This personal passion for New Zealand wildlife led her to explore the work of the Department of Conservation after hearing a story from a hunter in 2015.  Neither pro nor con 1080 at the time, the hunter’s tale of entering an area of Fiordland bush with almost no bird life and a forest floor littered with carcasses of red deer, possums and wood…

Cat poisoned after eating brodifacoum/cyanide

Video of James B H Upm's whose cat was poisoned after Horizons Regional Council put poison down in a 2ha area of bush just neighbouring them. He received an apology from the contractor at Horizons and offer to pay the cats vet bill.
The cat was being treated with Vit K and antibiotics.
The crazy thing was there were very few possums in this small area.

Animal Pest Control - Horizons need to consult with neighbours before dropping poison next to them. This is an easily trapped area of bush.  So much environmental damage for maybe a few possums?

Related:  Safer alternatives to rodenticides
All about brodifacoum
Case report brodifacoum poisoning
Anticoagulant Rodenticides (warfarin/congeners)

Hungry Owl Project

Hungry Owl Project
"....Our mission is to reduce the need for pesticides & rodenticides by encouraging natural predators through conservation of habitat, nesting boxes & education..."... The rest of the world is waking up to the ecocide being done by these poisons - brodifacoum - NZ could learn from them and not continue the red neck cowboy way of dousing the whole ecosystem with poison

Please check out their website Hungry Owl Project.  We need to work in a similar way in NZ~

The Killing Nation by Reihana Robinson

The Killing Nation is the best book yet on the reasons why the widespread and indiscriminate poisoning of wildlife in New Zealand must stop. It’s easily read, expertly researched and carefully referenced.
It’s a one stop shop for anybody new to wildlife poisoning or people fully aware but craving more detailed information than that provided in the now nine books dedicated to ending the cruel and unnecessary poisoning of birds, animals, frogs, lizards, and insects in New Zealand’s pristine natural areas.
You won’t be disappointed with this book. ~ Jim Hilton

The Killing Nation
"Environmental activist and researcher Reihana Robinson explodes the carefully cultivated myth of New Zealand as the “Clean and Green” paradise of the South Pacific. While her country’s government and tourism industry promote images of exotic native bush, rare avian species, clean running streams, and untainted farms, Robinson lays bare New Zealand’s “Dirty Little Environmental Secret” – the wholesale poisoning …

Better alternatives to Rodenticides?

Poisons used to kill rodents have safer alternatives
"For a rodent to get a lethal dose from a first-generation rodenticide it has to eat it more than once, but that’s not a problem. Leave first-generation baits out for a week and they’re just as efficient as the second generation. What makes second-generation rodenticides so non-selective is that they kill slowly, so rodents keep eating them long after they’ve ingested a lethal dose. By the time they expire, or are about to, they contain many times the lethal dose and are therefore deadly to predators, scavengers, and pets. Because they are weapons of mass destruction, second-generation rodenticides are the preferred tool wildlife managers use to restore native ecosystems to rat-infested islands. But the EPA has declared them too dangerous for public use and ordered them off the general market. They’re still widely available, however, because stores have huge stocks and because a recent court decision has allowed three of the la…

Book: Moa by Quinn Berentson

Moa: The life and death of NZ's legendary Bird
Quinn Berentson's award winning book is  2013.
"The moa did not exist in isolation -  it evolved as a part of a complex ecosystem and over millions of years it shaped and was shaped by the plants and animals around it," writes Berentson.  "and as it turns out, if we look closely at the precious fragments of the moa's lost world which are all that we are left with today, there are still visible traces of moa in the New Zealand wilderness that have outlived themselves, like ripples from a sunken stone."

The moa were the most unusual and unique family of birds that ever lived, a clan of feathered monsters that developed in isolation for many, many millions of years. They became extinct reasonably quickly after the arrival of the Maori, and were a distant memory by the time European explorers arrived. So the discovery and identification of their bones in the 1840s was a worldwide sensation, claimed by many to be…

Bill Benfield book - At War with Nature - Corporate Conservation and the Industry of Extinction

This is a bookabout how the destruction of one of the world’s most unique, ancient and unspoiled wilderness areas has led to the growth of an international industry eradicating animals and plants which have been deemed to be “invasive”. That is because they are where pseudo-scientists say they should not be. What New Zealand began as an industrialised extermination has now become island eradications in many parts of the world. To expand and grow, it must either seek more islands, or widen its scope to cover whole nations; that is what it is now doing.
The parasitic riders who drive this conservation gravy train are:-
•Government conservation agencies who seek to increase their bureaucratic power and influence,
•The agri-chemical industry who supply the chemicals and poisons.
•The powerful and wealthy conservation charities who whip up the concept of “threats to nature” as a way generating donations, bequests and corporate sponsorships.
•The academic and science institutions who see in it a…

Animals Aren't Sentient and Can't Feel Pain, Tories Claim

Thank you Marc Bekoff Phd (Animal Emotions) for this article

'The implications of this anti-science move know no bounds. Beliefs should not and must not be used as substitutes for facts. The animals will be grateful and warmly thank us for paying attention to the science of animal sentience. And when we listen to our hearts we'll recognize and appreciate how much we know about what other animals are feeling and that we owe it to them to protect them however we can" ~ Marc

Anyone who says that life matters less to animals than it does to us has not held in his hands an animal fighting for its life. The whole of the being of the animal is thrown into that fight, without reserve.” (Elisabeth Costello, in J. M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals)

1080 Poison Science and Facts

A must read by Dr Jo Pollard (Bsc (Hons, PhD). Published 24.5.11. The continued use of 1080 defies logic.  '1080 is toxic to species of all forms of life from microbes to plants, insects, birds and humans. In mammals, it causes birth defects, reduced fertility, damage to reproductive organs and other organs including the brain and heart. Anecdotal reports indicate there may also be a link with cancer but there has been no research at all on this..." Read more here

A New form of Botulism or something more deadly?

..“…in the process of elimination the doctors think it is definitely some sort of poising within the boar itself so  maybe the boar has consumed poison before it was shot down and so whatever was in its blood has found itself in to theirs ….”…With the recent case of poisoned pig meatcausing serious health affects in three members of one New Zealand family the world is watching and asking are we seeing a new form of botulism? 
By Jenese James

Arial brodifacoum on the Galapagos Islands (2016)

"Summary: rat eradication resulted in prolonged presence of the anticoagulant rodenticide brodifacoum in exposed lizards, likely significantly contributing to the deaths of secondarily exposed raptors up to at least 773 days after bait application"

WOW 773 days.....the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust want birds in after Christmas. Apparently Penny Fisher who is part of this study gave her ok for the poisoning of the sanctuary according to the Nelson Mail and the BWST. 

Our Brook lizards may not be a beefy as these guys are, but will still provide for poisonous food for someone.

Facebook group post:

Vet calls for investigation after family hospitalised from eating wild pork

What are your thoughts?  Wild boar may have poisoned Putaruru family ?
"A vet is calling for an investigation into a toxin in wild pigs that affects dogs and might also make humans sick. Three people were admitted to Waikato Hospital with what is believed to be severe food poisoning after they cooked a meal that included wild boar. Subi Babu remains in a critical care in Waikato hospital, while her husband and mother-in-law are in a stable condition. Vet Jenni Peterson said dogs suffer from an illness commonly known as "Go Slow" when they eat wild pork. Ms Peterson said within minutes they collapse and get the shakes. She said it was worrisome very little was known about the toxin, and there had been no investigation into whether humans can also suffer."

Go Slow/Droopy dog - A veterinary scientist's PhD thesis investigating the link between po…

75 years ago -How one incident caused 47 patients to die at the Oregon State Hospital

"Within 22 hours, according to the report submitted by Lidbeck and his colleagues, the poison was identified as sodium fluoride, and it was found only in cooked eggs at Oregon State Hospital.
Sodium fluoride is commonly used in insecticides and in rat and cockroach poisons. It is a quick-acting white substance that might easily be mistaken for flour, baking powder, or powdered milk. Ingesting a minuscule amount can be fatal. But how did it get in the eggs? And was it intentional or accidental? The story unraveled when the hospital's assistant cook stepped forward with a confession. He had sent a patient to a basement storeroom for powdered milk and the patient mistakenly brought back roach poison that was mixed in the scrambled eggs."

Read more in the link~…