Is 1080 the perfect tool in the fight against rodents?
I commend your editorial, ‘‘Evidence must best emotion’’, (Southland Times, September 11).
I quibble slightly with your assertion that 1080 is not perfect, for it almost is.
As Dr Jan Wright said in her second 1080 report, if we didn’t have 1080, we would invent it because it is so good: it is biodegradable, it hits possums, stoats and rats with great efficacy, and it is affordable.
The by-kill is very low.
The only alternative strategy to aerial 1080 in most places is to leave the predators to starve themselves to death, which is no solution at all.
Simply put, there is no affordable, effective and practicable alternative in development that is even remotely visible on the horizon that can replace aerial 1080, noting that our birds are on the cusp of extinction right now.
For those who doubt how good 1080 is, I suggest they visit Waitutu Forest, or walk the Heaphy Track where there have been several 1080 drops and be amazed by the abundant birdlife there.
Contrast that with the 1080-free, silent green desert that comprises most of Fiordland.
Robin McNeill, MNZM
1080 hits possums, stoats and rats with great efficacy, and it is affordable.