The threat to lace infant formula with 1080 could be a hoax.
But it could be real.
There are eco-terrorists.
They are the rabid greens (and please note the small g) who would put their ideals before infants, the ones who put people’s place in the world well below that of anything and everything they consider natural.
They are the ones who would think nothing of terrifying parents and sabotaging our dairy trade. Given their antipathy towards dairying, they’d probably consider damaging it a win.
What the people behind this bizarre blackmail attempt don’t understand is that 1080 is the only tool we have to control the pests which endanger our native flora and fauna and carry diseases, including TB, which can endanger domestic animals and people.
Environment Commissioner Jan Wright’s report into 1080 accepted that it should not be banned:
Dr Wright recommends against a moratorium on 1080 citing the damage that would be done to native forests and animals if such a ban went ahead.
“Possums, rats and stoats are chewing up our forests to the point that we are only a generation away from seeing regional extinctions of kiwis and other native species where no pest control is carried out.
“There are other pest control methods that are more suitable than 1080 in certain circumstances but on much of our conservation land there is currently nothing else that will effectively kill possums, rats and stoats.
“While there may be an alternative to 1080 one day, if we want to keep our forests for future generations we simply cannot afford to stop using 1080. Time is not a luxury we have.
“So many of our native forests, birds, reptiles and insects are unlike those found anywhere else in the world and form a distinct part of our identity. It would be a travesty to allow these to disappear.” . . .
It is not used lightly but there are places where other methods of extermination are impossible.
Real greenies understand that and condone its use because, while far from perfect, it is better than allowing pests destroy forests and the native wild life which lives there.
How ironic if the people behind this bizarre blackmail attempt are serious and don’t understand that banning 1080 would do far more harm than the poison does.