ESPC; The group that promotes “environmentally safe pest control” welcomes you to this site.

 
 

We invite you to browse through the pages within, so that you may be informed about the concerns we hold about the use of 1080 poison in New Zealand. Please follow the page links listed at top of the page to navigate the site. Thank you for taking time to visit us.

1080 or sodium monofluoroacetate is one of the deadliest manufactured poisons in the world. There is no effective antidote and it kills slowly and cruelly.


Creatures including insects birds and mammals can be killed either by direct consumption of poison baits or by consuming whole or part carcasses of animals previously poisoned.


1080 poison can remain potent in parts of very old carcasses and bones like a time bomb, ready to be triggered if an animal such as a dog consumes it  even several months afterward.


Three small 12 gram baits, each one designed to kill a possum weighing about 3 kg, are enough to kill a child.


The excuse given by users of 1080 in New Zealand to justify its use by aerial sowing is primarily that it is the only effective method of killing pests such as possums in remote, rugged terrain which is difficult to access.


However, we feel that in most areas where possums exist in numbers offering a significant threat to the forests and to agriculture, that 1080 is not justified. We believe safer and target animal specific ground based methods can be extensively used which present little danger to other creatures and which allow significant recovery of costs through the opportunity of utilising  the target animals instead of having them decompose and pollute the land and waterways as is the case when aerial 1080 is used.


In short, there has been an industry developed around 1080 which is lucrative for a very few, but at shocking risk to the environment and leading to the disenfranchisement of the fur and wild meat industries as well as recreational hunters and gatherers of natural foods. As well, the increasingly voiced concerns of tourists to New Zealand who are subjected to skull and crossbones 1080 signage and poison pellets throughout some of the most scenic areas of New Zealand are worrying tourist operators.


There have been concerns voiced for decades by the NZ public to government  about 1080 use, but to little avail until today, where there is more and more compelling evidence of fully protected native birds and other creatures succumbing to 1080 poison directly and indirectly. Much of this poison is being applied under the auspices and or with the collusion of the NZ government’s Department of Conservation, the very organisation charged under legislation with the total protection of native birds. DoC is knowingly killing protected species,, has done it for years, and has been loath to admit it to the public until forced by weight of evidence discovered and filmed by persons associated with us and the anti 1080 lobby generally.


    ESPC is an unincorporated group of citizens which has strived to assist people in need of support when they become concerned about or are affected by 1080 poison drops in their locality. ESPC submitted a 389 page report to the ERMA review of 1080 in January 2007 along with nearly 10,000 signatures of support for it’s anti 1080 stance. ESPC has close ties with other regional anti 1080 groups; HEAG in Southland, RAG in the King country, UCLA in Coromandel, Kaka in Karamea, Kea on the West Coast of the South Island and groups in Oamaru, Nelson, Wellington, Waikato, Hari Hari and with individuals throughout New Zealand.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE PEST CONTROL.(ESPC)




PROMOTING A USER FRIENDLY OUTDOORS ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL NEW ZEALANDERS.

AND


  PROTECTING OUR UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT, ALONG WITH OUR WILDLIFE, DOMESTIC STOCK AND PETS FROM HARMFUL CHEMICALS & POISONS; for example, 1080

 by:


Identifying Pest Control Methods compatible and harmless to our environment and way of life. (While promoting the responsible control of pests such as feral Possums, Rats, Goats, Mustelids, Cats, Koi-Carp & Catfish.)


 and by:

 

PROMOTING WILD GAME-ANIMALS, GAME-BIRDS & SPORT-FISH, as a VALUABLE, MANAGED & READILY ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC RECREATION RESOURCE.


 and by:

 

PROMOTING USEFUL BIODIVERSITY ON PUBLIC & PRIVATE LANDS, INCLUDING EXOTIC FLORA & FAUNA.


(i.e. we regard the establishment of Nut trees such as Oak, Walnut, Chestnut, and many Fruit & Berry trees as useful, as well as certain Timber trees, to enhance Crown/Public/Private Land environments.)


COMPOUND 1080 IS EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS.


Rated by the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as a chemical “BAD ACTOR” and a MALE REPRODUCTIVE TOXIN, 1080 is also rated as a Class 1a EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL, by the World Health Organisation. (W.H.O.) (United Nations) and even in small doses can produce reproductive defects in humans. 1080 MAY BE AN ENDOCRINE DISTRUPTOR.


Recent research by scientist’s worldwide has raised very serious doubts about whether the continued use of 1080 is safe for total environmental and human health. The old justifications by the NZ Gov’t to use 1080 are no longer valid.