I think that's a bit harsh on 1080. If you visit places in WA - like
Dryandra and Perup reserves - where 1080 has been used to poison foxes for a
number of years the results speak for themselves. Native fauna are thriving
and you get an idea of what the whole country would have been like before
the fox and cat became so well established.
I also find it hard to believe that any forestry company would bother to put
1080 down: I cannot see any possible benefit to them in doing so.
From: lorne <>
Date: 02 August 2001 12:37
Subject: 1080 a horrorshow
>I think the question should be... Do we really need 1080 at all???
>In Tassie, near the Styx Valley, home of Eucalyptus Regnans, one of the
>tallest flowering plants in the world, 1080 is laid down after
>deforestation, so that ANY animal that wanders in will be killed.
>Carrots have been spiked with 1080 and possums have eaten them and died
>horrible deaths later. The poison turns an animals insides to mush and
>the death is long and agonising. I've read accounts of farmer's dogs
>eating 1080, and during their death throws, foaming on their masters,
>and they in turn have been ill from the poison. It's unnecessary,
>horrible stuff, that effects animals and humans.
>And all in the name of progress. Now I don't have all the details, but
>it goes something like this from what I've read... Smash down the trees,
>napalm the ground so no plants grow back, lay down 1080, kill any
>animals, send the eucalyptus to a mill, pulp it, turn it into chopsticks
>and sell them to Japan's cities, where all chopsticks are thrown into
>bins, not recycled. Our forests in Japan's garbage!
>Thanks Howard and co.
>And we're the lucky country!
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