Warning Labels

Below is a collection of Compound 1080 poison warning labels. The first one was approved in 2017 by the US EPA, for the use of 1080 in tiny amounts in sheep collars in the US state of Ohio. The manufacturer of 1080 poison, based in Alabama, says the USA uses around 4 tablespoons per year - as opposed to New Zealand's 4-plus tonnes of pure 1080 poison.

Points to note - there is no known antidote - the poison must not be placed anywhere near water - poisoned animal carcasses should be burned or buried, and away from water. In New Zealand, the baits are dropped directly into waterways, and remaining baits and poisoned animals are left to decompose where they fall - be that on land or in the water.

The Government-owned 1080 poison manufacturer's Safety Data Sheet includes the following warnings - "1080 wastes are eco-toxic" and "Take measures to minimise the chance of baits accidentally entering any body of water" and "Harmful to aquatic organisms" and "Where practicable, the exposed bodies of all poisoned animals should be collected and destroyed by complete burning or deep burial at a landfill approved for hazardous wastes."

In 2016 Waikato Regional Council voted to have the words. "Poison baits or carcasses may be present in waterways" added to their poison warning signs to better inform landowners, trampers and forest park users about contamination risks.

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Wouldn't it be great to see New Zealand the way it's portrayed - the way it once was - with poison-free rivers and healthy, poison-free forests. Click here to help out. Contact the Minister for Conservation, the Minister for the Environment, and the Minister for Tourism with any questions you may have about the Government's use of 1080 poison.

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