Poisoning New Zealand By RoundUp and Now Brodifacoum

A major Brodifacoum Drop on Shakespear Regional Park is about to happen. As if we need it, with the thousands of gallons of RoundUp glyphosphate already being poured over our streets, parks and grasslands.

March 14 2011

This beautiful park is on the Whangaparaoa Pensinsula, just about 3/4 hour’s drive from Auckland, in the North island, New Zealand.

I went there recently on the bus, down the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, to have a look at the Shakespear open Sanctuary, where an aerial drop of Brodifacoum will happen very shortly.  The friendly pukeko, a native New Zealand bird, came up to the bus to see who was arriving this day, and to see if we had anything nice for them to eat.

I wondered how many of these friendly native pukeko will be around to greet us after the Brodifacoum drop on the park, which is due to happen any day.

30 tonnes of Brodifacoum bait is to be dropped from the air in the area of the Shakespear Regional park.  This is to be done in three divided poisonings.

Many people live in the immediate area, and birds habitate the parklands which have many native trees on them. People, birds, and animals will all be affected by this dreadjul poison Brodifacoum, which is an anti-coagulant commonly used in rat bait.

The sea shore runs along one side of the park, so the poison will affect sea life as well.

Looking at the notes on the Auckland Council Hearing back on 13 and 14 december 2011, I see some very interesting submissions against the proposed drop of Brodifacoum.

One which surprises me, and which I really must tell you about, is the one from the new Zealand Deer Stalker’s Association.  The NZDS has existed since 1937 as an organization which promotes the recreational stalking of deer in New Zealand.  It has 7,500 members.

The NZDS promotes ethical standards for hunting, and runs courses for safe hunting and practice in New Zealand.

The NZDA opposes the aerial drop of Brodifacoum on the Shakespear Regional park. It submitted a paper against the use of this poison at the meeting of council in December.

The NZDS says that they object to the use of  Brodifacoum because it  is highly toxic.  Brodifacoum can remain toxic in soil and water for months after being applied.  It has a low solubility in water.

Secondary and tertiary poisoning risks are associated with Brodifacoum use.  Brodifacoum gets transferred into the food chain.

Feral pigs have been known to consume carcasses from poisoned possums.  It accumulates in the muscle tissues, and in the liver, which operations and dissections and analysis have proved.

Brodifacoum therefore is a danger to all people who eat wild meat.  But the problem will extend to domestic and farmed animals as well.

Native birds, which are non-target animals, will suffer.  Any animal which comes in contact with the poison will suffer dreadfully, and die. Household pets who eat any part of a poisoned rat, or any other creature, will die also.

A truck carrying 18 tonnes of Pestoff 20R (20 mg/kg Brodifacoum), crashed into the sea at Kaikoura in 2001.  It spilt its cereal pellets into the water.  This caused a poisoning of marine invertebrates, such as mussels and paua.  These shellfish retained residues for up to 31 months.

Brodifacoum is known to be an eye irritant as well as a skin irritant.  The 300 people who reside in the nearby area will be affected by the poison.

Brodifacoum has been classified by the US Environmental Aprotection Agency as a persistent organic compound. – POC. this was described in its rodenticide mitigation decision of May, 2008

Many of us would dearly love to keep our clean, green image.


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