Aerial-Dropped, Poison-Laced Food in New Zealand’s Forests

Imagine an aeroplane flies low over a big city like New York, scattering twenty dollar bills down over the urban centre. These bills are laced with a unique poison that’s invisible, scentless, and so toxic that merely picking up a bill and putting it into your pocket is enough to initiate a horrific three-day process leading to your inevitable death as there’s no antidote. The government is behind this procedure as it believes that a specific human enemy has infiltrated the urban community. Moreover, it claims that only the human enemy will pick up the poison-laced money. All other citizens will simply leave it alone. Sounds absolutely ridiculous, right? Of course. All types of people are bound to pick up twenty dollar bills that float down from the sky. Yet this ridiculous scenario directly parallels the use of aerial-dropped poison in New Zealand’s forest ecosystems and the government’s claims to its selectivity and safety.

Before getting into the drier details, I urge you to take a moment to consider a short photoessay created by New Zealand's Graf Brothers, which says what thousands of words cannot express:

Photoessay - New Zealand - Clean, Green 1080% Pure

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Each year, New Zealand aerially distributes massive quantities of lethal, poison-laced foodstuffs into its forest ecosystems. The toxin most commonly used is sodium monofluoroacetate (compound 1080), an acutely toxic, oxygen-metabolism-disrupting agent deadly to nearly all air-breathing organisms. New Zealand ecological conservation officials claim that aerial poison operations are an essential strategy to protect vulnerable indigenous flora and fauna from exotic mammalian pests, and that the benefits of aerial poison operations outweigh their risks.

The following material presents a critical review of the existing scientific literature on the non-target effects of aerial poison operations in New Zealand. This review reveals that in this complex, multifactor situation, the relevant science has been selectively interpreted, selectively studied, and moreover, left grossly incomplete in its scope, possibly in favour of non-environmental, economic interests. Using the existing scientific information on non-target effects of aerial poison operations, a cost-benefit analysis employing a numerical scoring system was performed. This cost-benefit analysis, which compared the costs and benefits to native species for aerial poison operations versus unchecked possum populations at their peak density, indicated that aerial poison operations have twice as many potential costs to native species as potential benefits, and that aerial poison operations are potentially twice as costly to native species as unmanaged possum populations at their peak density.

The capacity for widespread poisoning of New Zealand’s large number of endemic and threatened/endangered omnivorous, insectivorous, and carnivorous bird species by the uncontrolled distribution of poison-laced food throughout an entire ecosystem is a serious issue worthy of international concern and immediate action.

A pdf of this work is available for free download and distribution:
PDF of aerial poison drop review.

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