KAKA Applauds the Turangi/Tongariro Community Board’s Decision on 1080

Submitted by Paul Murray on Sat, 23/05/2009 - 7:09pm

KAKA Press Release:

Karameans Advocating Kahurangi Action (KAKA) would like to congratulate the Turangi/Tongariro Community Board on its decision to call for the banning of aerial 1080 operations in the Turangi/Tongariro area and their request for the Taupo District Council to adopt a similar position. The Board’s decision is an admirable example of local bodies responding democratically to the legitimate concerns of their constituents. It also reflects the growing concern of New Zealanders nation wide over the broad-scale, indiscriminate use of sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) by the Animal Health Board (AHB) and the Department of Conservation (DOC).

The Board’s decision is a clear message to the AHB and DOC that aerial 1080 operations are not acceptable and KAKA hopes the decision will encourage DOC and the AHB to implement alternative pest-control solutions that are genuinely "Clean/Green/100%Pure" so that New Zealanders can promote our country as a destination for international travelers and as a producer of premium quality agricultural products with confidence and pride.

KAKA hopes that other local bodies, including, regional and district councils around the country follow suit for the benefit of rural people, the health of the environment, the success of our export and tourism industries, the biodiversity of our bush and the legacy we leave for future generations of New Zealanders. We congratulate all of those involved in the processes that brought about the Board’s decision, which gives heart to all people advocating the banning of 1080 aerial operations, particularly those who are calling for a change in attitude by other, less democratic, local bodies.

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