The Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch published an excellent article by Pam Vernon - exposing both the cover-up involved in this story, and also the appalling lack of investigative reporting in this country. The news reports were written by reporters who were more worried about their pay packet and about NOT mentioning the words "1080 poison", than getting to the truth!
For weeks, since this Putaruru family was first hospitalized after a meal of wild boar meat, mainstream media has told us the family had botulism.
“All three members of a Waikato family struck down with botulism after eating freshly slaughtered wild boar meat have regained consciousness”. Stuff.co.nz
A number of folk requested information on the issue under the OIA but were declined citing patient confidentiality.
TV Wild put in a request four weeks ago and this was also declined, even with patient consent.
Understandably given the widespread use of 1080 throughout NZ people wanted reassurance it wasn’t 1080 poisoning of beast or human via secondary poisoning even. We had a Neuroscientist also speaking out about the symptoms and how they did not match botulism.
Then, two nights ago the Graf Boys (maker of the documentary on 1080 called Poisoning Paradise) having obtained consent from the family, published an interview with friends of the family. The revelations were startling especially regarding the after effects of the poison. (We also published that video this morning, you can see it here.)
“Joji Varghese describes how up to four nurses were required to restrain the victims, because their involuntary convulsions were likely to harm the patients and the nurses. They had to be strapped to their beds.”
Now, the very next morning we have an article in the Herald telling us that the family’s test results have now been returned (coincidentally?) and the verdict is that no it was not botulism. Even more coincidentally, we learn they had also been tested for 1080 and the results were negative. So just two days ago, the family were also refused the results to all testing for another 20 days, yet the following day (after the release of the family interview) mainstream media has the test results?
“The family was also tested for 1080 poisoning and that was negative too”. Radio NZ
This is another flip flop as you will note in the this article they hadn’ttested for 1080 because the family would have to eat a bowlful to be poisoned to the extent they were it was claimed.
“He revealed the family had also been tested for mercury, arsenic and lead poisoning but not 1080 as doctors believed they would have needed to consume a cereal bowl full for it to have such a violent effect.” NZ Herald
And now we are being told that even the boar meat was not the cause:
“No evidence boar was the cause”.
It appears that the authorities have destroyed all of the meat that was in the family’s freezer (now why would you do that?). And the meal left on the table is still in pristine non-decayed condition, unlike the rest of the food left there.
So, it is all looking murkier by the hour. Do you still trust the authorities? The media? Your government? (which is a corporation mind). The hospital management? And we have other growing anomalies in the 1080 mix.
How weird is this? The medical notes in TV Wild's video interview with the poisoned family, clearly state that hospital staff decided NOT to test for 1080 because they believed people would have had to eat a bowl full of 1080 to suffer the effects they did. They didn't believe it was feasible. The DHB declined to comment to TV Wild. And yet after the interview was released, suddenly the District Health Board announces this afternoon that they tested for 1080 and it was negative. This information is not in the medical notes. Either someone has misinterpreted this information, someone has failed to update the medical notes, or someone is telling porkies.
and I didn't kill what I was trying to save, as in the birds
by Stewart Shand
"My experience of 1080 poison:
Back in the mid 1990’s I was awarded an eradication contract with a forestry administration company in the Wairarapa. My job was to eradicate anything that had 4 legs, a tail, and a head from 6000 hectares of farm land. This farm land was bought by an overseas investor and was being planted in pines. The original contract ran for 2 years until the pines had established themselves.
In the contract I could remove from the property any, if not all the dead animals I wanted. This arrangement would give me a fairly good income from possum fur on top of the contract fee. So I thought.
To do the job efficiently I split things up into categories and times. For instance Sheep and Cattle in daylight. Possums at night. Rabbits and Hares at night. Deer at night. Goats in daylight. Pigs in daylight and night. Traps and cyanide laid in daylight, and so on. Then the days and nights were split to target specific animals. If I was targeting rabbits and hares on a particular night, all the deer, sheep, etc were left alone. OK, I did take out the odd deer, pig and possum. No two consecutive nights had the same target.
For those wondering how I can see things at night, not very many nights are pitch black and you do get used to it over time. Also I used to have a small hand torch strapped to my shoulder to help when I was rolling a smoke. The kill light was a million candlepower handheld spotlight hooked into the motorbike. Also a 500 candlepower battery run backpack spotlight for when I had to leave the bike.
As with most people working days or night shift I had my break times. These break times coincided with me reaching particular parts of the farm. These places were sheltered spots and mostly near native bush. A couple were right on the boundary with a conservation property. Another spot was besides an area of manuka that had been crush-rolled so they could plant in amongst it. It was in these areas when you switched off the lights and engine of the four wheeler that you could lay back on the ground and appreciate the noises made by the night life. Kiwis calling, nightingales flitting around, Moreporks calling. The odd hedgehog coming in to see what you have for smoko.
Then the night up by the crushed manuka, two little Moreporks landing on the front carrier of the bike with their big eyes sort of asking what’s for dinner. Parent sitting on the fence watching both myself and them.
The next night I returned at about the same time, this time with cut up rabbit. I waited around for a while and they didn’t turn up so I left pieces of rabbit on the ground and on the fence posts. Two nights later I was back in the area and with a bit of possum was going to leave them a feed. The lights picked them up sitting on the fence as I was going down the track. To keep a long story short, overtime I could get fairly close to them but not quite hand feed them.
Meanwhile back in the other spots the night life could get rowdy on occasions. I used to take out the odd person with me for a hunt and they loved sitting in these places listening. A lot of them never realised just how much night life was in the bush.
Well all this changed the day the council twats turned up. OK, I won’t go into details about what was said etc, but they ended up hand laying 1080 and I wasn’t leaving. I had a job to do. These guys laid bait on the main tracks in places that thick that if you put your No 11 boot down you stood on at least 3 baits. You couldn’t tell them that where they were laying baits there wasn’t any possums, rats, stoats, etc. As far as they were concerned I didn’t know nothing or how to catch them. So my 40 odd traps that had been in this particular area along with cyanide baits for last 4 months were all wrong. Only things I got out of that area was 3 deer, 2 pigs, and a goat. I never even found a possum after them either. To me it was a transit gully where animals passed through.
The most disturbing thing to watch is a 1080’d animal die. The pleading in their eyes as they try and drag themselves to shelter can even get to the hardiest of us. It still gets at me. I spent a lot of my time putting bullets into them instead of hunting the ones that had got away.
The birdlife at the rest spots ceased. Everything went deathly quiet. I never saw my three Moreporks again. Even the hawks succumbed to 1080. I had to get off my bike and go and put the odd pig deer out of its misery. They can make an eerie screaming noise when dying from 1080. Riding around that block at night, and in daylight after 1080 was like as if you were in a horror movie. The feeling of death all around. Not only had they eradicated their target, but also what they were supposed to save. I spent a few nights in the conservation area after they did the 1080 to see if there was any life deeper in. …. Nothing.
I may have been the bringer of death. But not suffering. Also I didn’t kill what I was trying to save, as in the birds."
Rakitu Island, located less than 3km from Great Barrier Island, is about to be aerially poisoned with brodifacoum.
While local Iwi are supportive of the poison drop, DoC is not listening to the other locals who are completely against the poisoning..
The locals presented a petition at the DoC office of the more than 700 signatures they had collected against the drop.
When the presentation was finished, and the first interviews had been held with DoC’s Paul McArthur and Great Barrier Island resident Elise Bishop, McArthur invited everyone inside for a coffee.
McArthur was seen to go round the back with the TV1 News reporter, so was followed.
The reporter was heard to ask “How many rats are out there ?” He replied “I don’t know”.
She asked “Is it in the hundred’s ?” He replied “I don’t know”.
She asked “Is it in the thousand’s ?” He replied “I don’t know”.
She said that she was going out there soon with the protestors.
He replied that he would email her how many rats were on the island.
Half an hour later, the reporter, now on Rakitu, states that the rats number in the thousands”. Did she get the email? Did she make it up?
The response from Paul McArthur when emailed about rat densities on Rakitu says:
Rat Densities: No current information on densities.
“A University of Auckland trip is going out there over 16-27 January weather permitting, to do a number of things including a rat population evaluation and pre eradication ecosystem baseline monitoring.”
Apparently the Department of Conservation (DoC) has no idea about rat numbers!
Charmaine Foster formerly owned Rakitu Island and is not happy about the drop.
Does she now regret handing the island over to the Crown ! Her son was trapping their voluntarily and he was “doing a marvelous job”.
However. DoC told him to stop trapping because it would compromise their poison programme!!!
The biggest danger to bird life and bio-diversity are the animal haters with their obsessive ignorance in using ecosystem poisons such as brodifacoum and 1080. Outdoor writer and author, Tony Orman.
New Zealand’s programme “Predator-Free 2050” set is flawed and unrealistic says an American professor, an expert in both biology and ecology.
The bloody decision by some New Zealanders to try to return to what used to be by slaughtering millions of non-native animals is troubling from biological and ethical perspectives, says Dr. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado
People who want to mass kill non-native invasive animals, also called pests, naively think that such widespread slaughter will be the panacea and return New Zealand’s landscapes to what they used to be.
Why the wild animal hatred?
Dr Bekoff described as “inane” a comment by Nicola Toki, the Threatened Species Ambassador of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC), that everybody hates possums.
Dr Bekoff’s criticism of Predator Free 2050 received strong support. Spokesman for New Zealand’s Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust, Laurie Collins, said wild animal hatred was still evident particularly in the Department of Conservation and its close associate Forest and Bird.
He said poisoning only undermined Nature’s established predator-prey relationships.
1080 upsets the natural order
Research showed following 1080 drops rat numbers exploded from survivors to three times original numbers.
That in turn triggers an explosion of stoat numbers since stoats prey on rats. It’s biologically insane. Utterly stupid,” says Laurie.
Outdoor writer and author Tony Orman said Predator Free 2050was totally unrealistic as it was unachievable.
It will fail. Millions of taxpayer dollars will have been wasted and there will be a massive bill for the ecological damage.Let’s not forget many of its proponents won’t be around in 2050 to try to answer for their irresponsible stupidity.
He said DOC officer Nicola Toki was totally wrong saying “everybody hates possums.”
his is the typical vitriolic unhealthy vile attitude the more extreme wild animal haters have. In one way I feel sorry for them.
A phobia about wild animals
New Zealanders who have criticized the mass killing campaign have been publicly insulted and threatened with violence, in retaliation for their views by people who have come to hate the animals supposedly causing problems.
Dr Bekoff criticised New Zealand’s recruiting youngsters to kill as had occurred in primary schools.
Kids are also brought into the arena of mass killing. But violence toward non-humans (animals) has been linked to violence toward humans, he said.
Tony Orman said the hatred of wild animals had been evident for years. He cited an American Professor William Graf who after visiting New Zealand to see the government’s attempts to exterminate wild deer, said authorities and government agencies had an anti-exotic wild animal phobia.
Slow-to-kill poisons morally wrong and highly damaging
The use of slow-to-kill poisons was morally wrong. 1080 takes up to and over 48 hours to kill animals and birds while brodifacoum used by DOC and the Waikato Regional Council, takes up to 20 days and even more.
He expressed deep concern that in some schools youngsters had been taught the ‘wild animal hatred’ doctrine. There were reports of DOC officers visiting schools and preaching the “wild animal hate” philosophy.
Tony Orman said the hatred of introduced species was very selective and hypocrisy at its worst.
He says that … all humans are introduced by way of migration. New Zealand’s economy is based around primary production involving sheep, cattle, dairy cows, grapes, fruit trees, pasture grasses and other introduced species.
Possums were not a pest as a senior scientist once told a DOC pest workshop. Predator-prey relationships happen world-wide.
The biggest danger to bird life and bio-diversity are the animal haters with their obsessive ignorance in using ecosystem poisons such as brodifacoum and 1080, he says.
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