John Key has announced that the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050, something TBFree and Ospri have been saying for months.
“While once the greatest threat to our native wildlife was poaching and deforestation it is now introduced predators,” Mr Key says.
“Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year, and prey on other native species such as lizards and, along with the rest of our environment, we must do more to protect them.”
Key says these introduced pests also threaten our economy and primary sector, with their total economic cost estimated at around $3.3 billion a year.
“That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums.”
Maybe he’s going to get rid of the rats and pests in Parliament as well.
This is the most ambitious statement Key has made and it’s likely that with the amount of 1080 the government are dumping on the forests that they will die from suffocation rather than poisoning. In the past 20 years, the decline has become dramatic to the point that people who visit the forests note and comment on it. As it is the nation’s conservation agencies who do the poisoning supposedly to protect the forests and birds, they must blame the decline on something other than their own activities – i.e. “pest” and “predators”. It is against the backdrop of an escalating decline despite poisoning, that increasing shrill claims are made against non-natives as the cause. “pfnz” as it is titled is the product of this misdirected exotiphobia.
As the governments PR machine gets up to speed in its attempts to brainwash us into believing this claptrap, National are spending $28 million of taxpayers money in a new joint venture company called Predator Free New Zealand Limited to drive the programme alongside the private sector. Most of this is likely to be spent on marketing and other wasteful areas instead of focusing on the issues rather than lining the pockets of bureaucrats.
The fact that this plan is such a joke is that DoC have spent over $60 million a year for the last 30 plus years and achieved little, with more contributed by local government and the private sector.
Predator Free New Zealand Limited will be responsible for identifying large, high value predator control projects and attracting co-investors to boost their scale and success.
Hopefully this means that TBFree and Ospri will be put out on business as they have been caught lying and twisting the true issues around TB.
The National-led Government’s has shown a very poor track record and total lack of commitment to protecting our environment. They refuse to listen to hunting lobby groups or other political parties, when cheaper and more viable options are put on the table. Instead they are hell-bent on dumping tons of poison over our land, waterways and forests. While Key and his mates justify the expense little is actually being achieved by way of eradication of pest animals.
"A legacy for future generations to enjoy" did he say?…….Shame on Key for not applying the same to our inshore fishery instead of his attempts to destroy it.
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