The first tuatara was poisoned with brodifacoum at Natureland zoo in August 2017 around the time when the Brook community was in court trying to stop the poisoning of the Brook Sanctuary.
I’ve recently obtained OIA information from DoC which shows they knew about the wide array of wildlife and insects which are susceptible to poisoning from brodifacoum cereal baits since the 1990s.
The long list includes Kiwi, Kaka, Tui, Kakariki, Morepork, Weka, Saddleback and also many of their food sources such as beetles, cockroaches, weta and other invertebrates. In one poisoned weta the brodifacoum poison had bioaccumulated to 7.47mg/kg.
I’m waiting for an explanation from DoC as to why they continue to use brodifacoum when they know it bioaccumulates and contaminates the food chain. I’m also waiting to hear any explanation why the same species dont eat cereal baits that contain 1080 poison.
We cannot keep contaminating our wildlife or food chain with poison that has sublethal effects on fertility when it does not kill.
We all want to protect our native birds. the disagreement is about how best this can be achieved. Surely healthy and sustainable waterways, food-chain and ecosystems are more important than a former Prime Minister’s Predator Free vision that he thrust on us without any consultation.
Its time to stop the unwinnable war on nature and the civil war it is creating, and instead find solutions that are socially acceptable and work with nature to promote community and environmental wellbeing.