"Aerial application of 1080 poison is banned in the U.S. due to the extreme hazard to human health and to the environment."

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New Zealand is proud of its clean, green and pure image. However the use of 1080 poisoning as the main weapon in the war against animals regarded as ‘pests' is controversial.
A cruel and indiscriminate poison, 1080 is used to kill unwanted animals which include possums, feral cats, rabbits, rats and stoats. Its use in New Zealand has been a contentious issue since it was first employed as a pesticide in 1954. Research has shown that the use of this poison is extremely cruel, and dangerous to non-target animals.
SAFE acknowledges that population control is a difficult subject.  That’s why we urge the Government to direct funding towards research into more humane alternatives, which do not subject animals to a slow and painful death. While native species have the right to flourish in their natural habitat, introduced species – such as possums – still do not deserve to suffer.

What is 1080?

1080 targets

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  • The issue of 1080 often comes up in media reports. Write a letter in response to your local paper outlining the animal welfare concerns.