Group protests 1080

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

A group of around 40 adults and their chil­dren gath­ered at the Strat­ford War Memo­rial car park on Satur­day be­fore march­ing along Broad­way to protest the use of 1080.

The march was part of a na­tion­wide event, Op­er­a­tion Ban 1080, a rolling demon­stra­tion pro­moted on so­cial me­dia. Events were held around the coun­try on the day, with par­tic­i­pants call­ing for an end to ae­rial 1080.

The Strat­ford group walked along Broad­way, stop­ping at the south­ern round­about, chant­ing “ban 1080” and other slo­gans as they went.

Emma Zane said she was protest­ing “be­cause I don’t want my chil­dren drink­ing wa­ter which con­tains poi­son. I’m too scared to let them swim in rivers now in case they get sick from 1080”.

She said she didn’t be­lieve 1080 was safe.

“Ev­ery­one knows you can’t trust what gov­ern­ment groups tell you. If it wasn’t dan­ger­ous then why does it have warn­ings on the con­tain­ers?” As the group walked past Bar­bara Sim­mons, she shook her head.

“How are they go­ing to get rid of all the rats and stoats with­out 1080. They’ll be the first to com­plain when we don’t have any ki­wis left.”

Opposition to 1080 is largely based on claims it kills native an­i­mals and birds as well as the pests it tar­gets, poi­sons do­mes­tic an­i­mals who in­gest it and gets into wa­ter­ways. Those in favour claim preda­tor pest num­bers are so high and dam­age so se­vere, that with­out ex­treme mea­sures some native forests would soon be be­yond re­pair. Today’s meth­ods and strength of

1080 are said to be safer and more ef­fec­tive than the 1080 used years ago, ac­cord­ing to sup­port­ers.

In a joint state­ment Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, Ospri, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, For­est & Bird and WWF-NZ said they be­lieved 1080 was “an ef­fec­tive, safe and valu­able tool in the fight to pro­tect New Zealand’s forests and native birds, bats, in­sects and lizards”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions said its use was backed by years of test­ing, re­view and re­search by sci­en­tists from Land­care Re­search, Uni­ver­si­ties, En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Author­ity (EPA), Min­istry of Health and the in­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for the En­vi­ron­ment.

DOC said con­cerned peo­ple should visit

www.1080the­facts.co.nz

Protesters were out on Satur­day ob­ject­ing to the use of 1080.

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