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New Zealand Brodifacoum Poisoning Continues August 2011

New Zealand Brodifacoum Poison Drop On Shakespear Park Is It The Last 2nd August 2011

New Zealand paper “The Rodney Times”, Tuesday 2nd August 2011,  featured on its front page an article about the Brodifacoum drop on a regional park in Whangaparoa Peninsula, which is in the  Rodney-Hibiscus Coast area north of Auckland.   I would say that it almost celebrated the Brodifacoum poison drop with the headline  “One poison drop to go.” 

However, not many of us here are actually celebrating any of these  poison drops, as Brodifacoum is a very toxic poison and will harm people as well as the environment and its land, sea, and air animals.  The poison drops have occurred on the coast, by the sea, which puts sea birds, as well as fish, at risk of being poisoned.

The establishment, including this local  newspaper which is owned by Fairfax Media,  can be seen to have been  supportive of the Auckland City Council’s decision to drop thirty tonnes of Brodifacoum on Shakespear Regional Park in the Whangaparaoa Peninsula,  North Auckland.  The poisoning has been done in three separate drops of ten tonne per drop.  Not many letters of objection have been published by this newspaper.   My own letter of objection was ignored, as were the letters of other people who strongly objected to the use of Brodifacoum at Shakespear Regional Park.

The Army, who have a base on the same Whangaparaoa peninsula, not too far away from where the poison is being dropped, have given their official support of the poison plan.  But the public should not take the army’s approval as meaning that the poison is anything like ‘safe’, as the authorities wish us to believe:  The army used 245T Dieldrin  in  the Viet-Nam war, called ‘Agent Orange’, and many army personnel were  told that the stuff was not harmful to humans.

Unfortunately, this was a lie.  Later, when many of these soldiers were dying of cancers and other degenerative disease as a result of being exposed to ‘Agent Orange’ Dieldrin in Viet-Nam,  the army, with the support of many New Zealand doctors,  denied that soldiers had suffered any bad health as a result of using 245T, Dieldrin.  These soldiers  who fought in Viet-Nam were even denied accident compensation money to help them with their on-going medical costs when they returned, sick, to New Zealand.  That would have opened up a can of worms if they had received compensation, because meanwhile, in NZ, where 245T was still being used,  people were  also suffering drastic  health  problems, consequences from the effects of this poison, yet we were all told that ‘there was no scientific proof’ that 245T did any damage to people’s health.

Even when the statistics stacked heavily as proof that Dieldrin did cause cancer, birth defects, and a myriad of other health disorders, including acute depression, the army, and Watkins Dow Chemicals who made the stuff right here in New Zealand, AND many medical doctors, refused to tell the truth about 245T Dieldrin, or ‘Agent Orange’.

The authorities like to pretend that they know best.  Time and time again, their assumptions have proved incorrect, to the detriment of people’s health and well-being, as well as to the detriment of the environment generally.  How about this one:  The “Collins Family Medical Handbook” , which is written by medical DOCTORS, published by  Wm. Collins  Sons & Co. Ltd., London and Glasgow,  in 1981, says about DDT:

DDT – Diclor-diphenyl-tetrachorethane.  An insecticide it is harmless to mammals but lethal to mosquitoes, house flies, bluebottles, fleas and lice…..remains effective for several weeks………DDT dust can be applied from a compression gun, enabling large numbers of people to be disinfected without removing their clothes..…an enormous advantage when a typhus outbreak makes necessary the disinfection of thousands of potentially infected persons”..…and hence one should question the wisdom in making vaccinations  for measles, or other infections, mandatory.  Because such medications often   prove to be detrimental to the health:  By the  time  the damning evidence has accrued to cause the ban of such drugs and medications, many people will have died or have become sick from iatrogenic – doctor caused – illness.  It is now proven, without a doubt, that DDT is VERY TOXIC TO PEOPLE. In fact, many of us knew already in 1981 when this medical book was published, that DDT was harmful to people. Yet this advice about DDT was still published in 1981.  So – better have some healthy doubt about those measles vaccinations, and other preventative  injections and pills which the medical authorities in New Zealand are trying to press upon us.  A few children getting measles does NOT mean that everyone  should be vaccinated for measles – this prevention measure could prove to be worse than the measles infection itself, in the long term.

And one should wonder where on earth these spray guns containing DDT for the use ‘on large numbers of people’ were actually used.  Who were these unsuspecting people?

And MAF, no doubt, will be right behind this Brodifacoum poisoning  project, busily denying any claims that Brodifacoum will harm people, animals, and the environment at large.

This poison is meant to be for the benefit of the birds,  to protect them from rodents such as rats and opossums, but it most definitely will not benefit the indigenous pukeko, who happen to be the bane of every MAF official’s life.  This is because the pukeko, being native to New Zealand,  is a protected bird, but it has bred prolifically since it became protected, and it  is therefore hated by farmers  all over the country, just as the poor kangaroo is  loathed by many farmers in Australia.  The report in “The Rodney Times”  reads “Nearly half of the 100 non-target kills have been pukeko, others including mynahs, sparrows and three spur-winged plover – numbers expected by parks staff.”   This is only the beginning, and who is to say we are being told anything like the truth?   And as if pukeko don’t count.

“Mmmmmmm……Well, we can’t upset the farmers”, says the council parks man, and the MAF officer:  “What about a plan to rid rodents with Brodifacoum poison, which will also kill the land birds, the pukeko?  The public might swallow that……..”

The pukeko is basically a land fowl.  It cannot fly very far.  Consequently, it will be exposed to the Brodifacoum bait to a high degree.  The pukeko is a cheeky  scavenger and  he will eat anything, even a bit of Brodifacoum.  But sea-gulls are scavengers too……

The precious peacocks, who are NOT native to New Zealand,  have been relocated somewhere away from the Shakespear Park until the poisoning is well and truly over:  They are being returned sometime before the reopening of the park in December 2011.  But the poor pukeko – what about them?  Neither Council nor MAF has said anything about the welfare of these birds.  They have made blanket statements to convince the public that birds will not be at risk from the poison.  But the pukeko most definitely WILL be at risk of being poisoned.

But we will never know just how much the Pukeko has suffered because of this Brodifacoum poison, and nor will we know the fate of many other animals who will have died from it.  The whole area is ‘out of bounds’ for humans who might want to wander through and see for themselves just what is happening in there.  By December, all dead bodies will have been removed, and we will be told what the authorities want us to hear.

10,000 Dead Sea-Birds Washed Up:  Meanwhile, overleaf in the same newspaper,  there is an article which reads,  “Thousands of seabirds washed up after storms”.  These DEAD sea- birds have been found at Muriwai Beach, not too far away, as the crow flies, from where the Brodifacoum poisoning has been done.  They have also been found washed up on the “Rodney-Hibiscus Coast eastern shores”.  This is right where the Brodifacoum poison drops have occurred on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

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2 thoughts on “New Zealand Brodifacoum Poisoning Continues August 2011

  1. Chris of the Delany clan says:

    Hi there.
    For an unknown reason the council employees baiting our farm for possums did a slack job and there was Brodifacoum pallets all over the ground underneath the bait stations , My dogs ate some and now have to undergo Vitamin k treatment.

    What a horrible poison it is, I read the official council PDF and it says most animals die within 3-4 days , yet the omit the fact that most of the animals killed in that time are mice and rats.

    Possums take from 10-30 days to die (from experience)

    A cat can (that has eaten mice or rats) can take up to 6 months to die.

    A dog that has eaten possum will likely have lifetime health issues and multiple small hemorrhaging.

    A dog if healthy can take up to a year to die from eating a small amount of bait.

    I am disgusted at the use of not only this poison but others I will not mention.

    Imagine if your child died by progressive hemorrhaging, would you continue to support the evil people who administer and condone the administration of these poisons?

    • Thankyou for your letter, Chris. This is a terrible story about the poisonous effects of using Brodificoum. I hope many people read this.
      The only way we can get people to realize what damage these poisons do to our animals, our health, and our environment, is to share our stories like this.
      I hope your dog will recover with the help of the Vitamin K treatment.
      Thanks again for sharing your experience.
      Kind Regards,\
      Merrilyn.

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