Public Meeting to Discuss 1080 with Animal Health Board in Karamea

Submitted by Paul Murray on Tue, 27/05/2008 - 9:49pm

Senior Animal Health Board officials from Wellington and Greymouth will be attending a public meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Karamea Bowling Club to discuss the issue of the use of sodium monofluoroacetate (1080 poison) in their Coast-wide possum and bovine tuberculosis control programme.

The meeting was set-up by community action group KAKA (Karameans Advocating Kahurangi Action) to discuss viable alternatives to the1080 poison drop scheduled for June in the Karamea, Granity and other West Coast regions.

KAKA invites all Coasters, dairy farmers, tourism operators, environmentalists, concerned residents and visitors to the Coast to come to Karamea to hear what the AHB have to say on the issue and to question the AHB on the subject, which is contentious, emotive and extremely important to the health of our community and region.

KAKA Objectives

Short-Term Objective
Prevent the scheduled May/June 2008 air-drop of 1080 in the Karamea area.

Medium Term Objectives

  1. Prevent any future air-drops of poisons for pest control in our local region.
  2. Through dissemination of valid, reliable information improve community understanding of 1080 related issues.
  3. In concert with other stakeholders:
    • Identify and support effective alternative methods for pest and bovine tuberculosis control and/or eradication.
    • Ensure that bodies/agencies/individuals responsible for (or contributing to) pest-control activities are truly accountable (politically and legally) for their decisions and actions.
  4. Identify historical, current and projected expenditures (direct and indirect) by local bodies, boards, government agencies, etc on 1080 campaigns in the Karamea and wider West Coast area.
  5. Ensure annual levels of funding identified through Objective 4 above continue to be available to local stakeholders for the purposes of implementing alternative control methods and/or regional development.

Long-Term Objective
To make a positive contribution towards a possible future Coast-wide (and potentially national) ban on the use of 1080.

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