Introduction

Despite extensive 1080 research and strict regulation, a minority of people still have concerns. We address the most common ones here.

Concerns about hunting

We recognise the value of hunting in New Zealand and we work with hunting groups.

We sometimes add deer repellent to 1080 bait to reduce impacts on popular deer-hunting areas. However, there are valid concerns about deer-browsing damage on plant communities.

Learn more: 1080's effects on livestock, game, fish and bugs

Concerns about animal rights and welfare

We face a choice: unchecked pests and silent forests, or pest control and the survival of our native species.

The biggest threat to our wildlife is predation by introduced mammals. Many of our species have already been lost to mammalian predation, some remain only in protected areas, and others are in decline.

View proof that 1080 is saving our native species

There's a saying in New Zealand that 'conservation is killing'. That's because so much conservation work entails pest control. The alternative to pest control is the death of countless individual native animals by the teeth of rats, stoats, possums and other predators to the point of species extinction.

Achieving Predator Free 2050 would mean a massive decrease in the number of pests killed through pest control each year.

There are no practical alternatives to aerial 1080 pest control over vast, remote and rugged terrain. We collaborate with others in researching new technology, such as self-resetting traps and genetic techniques. 

Right now, we need to use 1080 to protect our native species. If we were to stop and wait for an alternative, progress would be lost, and many native species would face a grim future.

Find out why we use aerial 1080

Concerns about the environment

1080 breaks down in the environment, leaving no permanent or accumulative residue in water, soil, plants or animals. It has never been detected in drinking water and its use is strictly regulated:

Learn more: 1080 safety and transparency

The biggest threat to our wildlife is predation by introduced mammals. Many of our species have already been lost to mammalian predation, some remain only in protected areas, and others are in decline.

View proof that 1080 is saving our native species

Ground-based pest control over large areas disturbs the environment significantly due to the number of trap or bait lines cut and maintained:

Find out why we use aerial 1080

Concerns about government transparency

We welcome rigorous, independent assessment of our systems and processes. Since receiving recommendations from the EPA and PCE, we have improved the way we communicate our work to the public:

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