Chris Windley: The dangers of 1080 poison pellets, ‘I call it terrorism’

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Speaker Chris Windley showed the audience what one tea-spoon of 1080 (as a pellet) could do to the health of people, the environment, biodiversity as we know it, and how much will be dropped as an example into the environment by using a te-spoon model.

Source: Event Speaker - Chris Windley

“I call this ‘shock of all’ – now that tea-spoon if that were full of pure 1080 poison, we’d have 5,000g of 1080 poison. That is enough to kill 143 human beings.”

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FACT: Just 1.75 mg of 1080 poison will kill a 25 kg dog, and enough poison is spread aerially per hectare to kill over 2,500 dogs. It is estimated that a lethal dose of bait for an adult human could be as little as 30 grams where the bait contained 0.15% in 1080. A small dog may receive a lethal dose of 1080 from as low as 0.5 grams of bait containing 0.15% in 1080.

“Hundreds and thousands of hA they are going to poison. Over a million hA this year, and they are going to use up to eight tonnes of pure 1080 poison to do that. Imagine how many tea-spoons and eight tonnes of poison, it’s shocking.

“It gives you an understanding of just what the government is doing to us, and I call it terrorism.”

Under the terrorism act 2002, it is an act of terrorism if you interfere with a public utility, and that happens to be your water supply.

“These people, I believe and, tell me if I’m wrong, are talking about dropping it into waterways that supply houses with water that is terrorism.”

Chris explains that during the year 1993, in Featherston there was an outbreak of unborn children and children being born with birth defects, he says the local doctors commissioned a report from a professor in Auckland to do a report.

“That report was done, and it was handed into the MOH (Ministry of Health) to be given to the minister of health, who at the time was good ol’ Bill English. That report has never seen the light of day.”

Furthermore, happening again in 1995 at the Whanganui River, that was poisoned posing another outbreak of abnormalities in children & fetuses.

“They are poisoning us. They don’t care, and you have to stop them.”

After talking a little about the dangerous 1080 pellets being dropped, Chris moves on to talk to the audience about biodiversity being killed off by 1080 poisoning.

“in 1993, a guy called Mike Meeds did a study on the effects of 1080 poison on the soil he found that the soil biota and the insects in the area where 1080 was put; fifty percent of that soil biota and insects died. Fifty percent. You come back three years later as these clowns do, and they poison again, and you’ve lost another fifty percent. Suddenly you are down to less than twenty-five percent of actually having the soil biota in a health state. And then, they’ll come back in another three years and give it another pounce, so you’re down to twelve and a half percent.

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“What is happening in parts of the south island because the soil is so poor as you refer too up here is that the leaves and the sticks and the branches and everything else fall out of our native trees onto the ground are not being broken down by the bugs and insects etcetera that live in our soil… so what’s happening? The leaf mold and the stuff on the ground is starting to build up because nothing is breaking it down. It is going to kill our forests, in no-time and suddenly the whiling pines that are scattered throughout the south island will be taking over our native forests, and we will have the south island covered in wild pines. That’s happening now. They are spending a little bit of money on poisoning these pines, sometimes cutting them down, but it’s going to continue until maybe another thirty or forty years, and it will be really noticeable.”

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