Is 1080 the per­fect tool in the fight against ro­dents?

The Southland Times - - Opinion -

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.

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