The New Zealand Department of Conservation is dropping huge quantities of 1080—a notoriously cruel poison and an indiscriminate killer—into forests and wetlands to kill feral cats, possums, rats, and other animals deemed to be “invasive.” Dogs and “nontarget” wildlife can also suffer after consuming the poison or the bodies of poisoned animals. 1080 causes disorientation, diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, and slow agonizing deaths, which can take more than 24 hours. Although PETA was advised by officials that alternatives are being explored, we understand that the poisoning campaign continues.

More information on 1080 can be found here.

Please politely urge New Zealand Department of Conservation officials to halt the use of 1080—and please forward this message widely!

Send polite comments to:

The Honorable Kate Wilkinson
Minister of Conservation
k.wilkinson@ministers.govt.nz

Alastair Morrison
Director-General
Department of Conservation 
amorrison@doc.govt.nz

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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