Fake 1080 pellets and dead birds left on Parliament steps

Fake 1080 pellets and dead birds were placed on the steps of Parliament today by Ban 1080 protesters. 

The fake 1080, which was said to contain porridge, was scattered on the steps of Parliament in Wellington. 

1 NEWS was told by protesters from the West Coast that the dead birds were collected over time, then left on the top step of Parliament. 

Environment Minister David Parker spoke to the protesters, and said he affirmed their right to protest. 

Senior Sergeant Braydon Lenihan said police attended the protest today, which comes after a large protest on Saturday by anti-1080 demonstrators, who wrote their message in chalk across the fence and grounds at the front of Parliament. 

"Following on from the good interaction between protesters and police on the weekend, no one was arrested and Police did not need to intervene at any stage," he said. 

Director-General for DOC Mervyn English said he respected people's right to protest, however there was "significant science behind the safe use of 1080 and its effectiveness in reducing predators that kill our native wildlife in the wilderness".

"During August, DOC staff have faced more abuse than normal," he said. "There have been eight incidents where staff have been physically confronted, abused and harassed. There have been seven incidents of abusive phone calls or emails. There have been countless incidents of social media threats and abuse."

The DOC, OSPRI (TBFree NZ), Federated Farmers, Forest and Bird and WWF-NZ back the use of the pesticide, calling 1080 an "effective, safe and valuable tool in the fight to protect New Zealand's forests and native birds, bats, insects and lizards".

"1080 is saving our birds, plants and insects. We have a choice between rats, stoats and possums or our unique native species. The situation is urgent and we have a predator crisis," Mr English said. 

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Workers picking up fake 1080 pellets left on the steps of Parliament. Source: 1 NEWS


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