Poi­son use protest

High­lands prop­erty gets nod for 1080

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

AN­I­MAL wel­fare ac­tivists and the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party are stand­ing united to put a stop to the “ab­hor­rent” killing of Tas­ma­nian wildlife through a gov­ern­men­tap­proved poi­son­ing scheme.

A prop­erty at Bronte Park in the Cen­tral High­lands was this week laid with sodium flu­o­roac­etate, com­monly known as 1080, to con­trol pests.

The use of 1080 poi­son­ing is banned in most coun­tries. It was first used in Aus­tralia in the 1950s, and as a rab­bit poi­son in Tas­ma­nia.

The mea­sure of an­i­mal con­trol, whereby prop­erty own­ers must gain gov­ern­ment ap- proval be­fore un­der­tak­ing a poi­son­ing pro­gram, has come un­der fire by an­i­mal pro­tec­tion groups and the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party, which says the State Gov­ern­ment should put a stop to it.

“An­i­mals af­fected by this in­hu­mane poi­son en­dure vom­it­ing, seizures and ag­o­nis­ing deaths,” said Shoot­ers, Fish­ers and Farm­ers Party deputy leader Ken Orr.

“[This] poi­son has no place in Tas­ma­nia, not when we have an army of qual­i­fied and ca­pa­ble vol­un­teers to as­sist land own­ers with ef­fec­tive an­i­mal con­trol.

“This gov­ern­ment has no shame and con­sid­er­a­tion for an­i­mal wel­fare and must be held to ac­count.”

A Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries, Parks, Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­ment spokesman said some­times prop­erty own­ers had no op­tion other than 1080.

“There are a range of mea­sures avail­able to land­hold­ers to man­age the im­pacts of brows­ing an­i­mal pres­sure such as fenc­ing and shoot­ing,” the spokesman said.

“How­ever, it is recog­nised that there are cir­cum­stances where th­ese op­tions are not vi­able or ef­fec­tive.

“An on-site gov­ern­ment in­spec­tion was un­der­taken at the Cen­tral High­lands prop­erty to as­sess the ap­pli­ca­tion which found there was an un­ac­cept­able risk to a crop or pas­ture and the use of 1080 did not pose an un­ac­cept­able risk to a pop­u­la­tion of non-tar­get species.

“It also found that al­ter­na­tive con­trol mea­sures have been con­sid­ered and im­ple­mented as far as prac­ti­ca­ble and judged to be in­ef­fec­tive.”

It’s the se­cond time this year the Gov­ern­ment has been forced to de­fend the use of 1080 in the Cen­tral High­lands af­ter a prop­erty near Pen­stock La­goon used the poi­son in May.

An­i­mal wel­fare ac­tivist Kristy Al­ger said the con­tin­ued de­ploy­ment of 1080 in the state was get­ting out of hand.

“It’s very scary that rather than hav­ing fewer per­mits for 1080, we’re ac­tu­ally see­ing more in Tas­ma­nia,” she said.

“It is hor­rific poi­son to be util­is­ing and the gov­ern­ment needs to be scal­ing it back. With the amount of work be­ing done to save our Tas­ma­nian devil pop­u­la­tion, to see the po­ten­tial for them to be killed off [by] 1080 doesn’t bear sense.”

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