So many views, so much science, what are we being asked? Have you found any other links you could share?
Over the years scientists have been working hard to find an alternative to 1080. There is also the option floated by some of trapping in some areas (see the employment section of this Forum HERE) however from the information we have been able to review at this time there is no safe, approved, cost effective, reliable alternative.
Forest and Bird report: "The Department of Conservation spends $8 million dollars annually in alternative pest control methods. There are at least 30 research projects underway industry-wide to find improvements in the use of 1080, alternatives to 1080 and other related topics."
Here are a few links to explorations in this area over the last few years...
Alternatives to 1080 pest control – what and when? - Science Media Centre
Biological control of pest animals has been a major focus for research funding for over 20 years in both New Zealand and Australia. Many research teams are actively seeking new and supplemental approaches to current technologies. Yet no method has yet gained widespread acceptance as a viable alternative to 1080.
However, a turning point may be approaching. The last 12 months have seen a record period of new pest control product registration, according to Dr Charlie Eason, Director of Research for Connovation Ltd, and a speaker at this week’s NETS Biosecurity conference (21 – 23 July) in Blenheim.
The Alternatives to 1080 Program - Final Report - Australia
The Alternatives to 1080 Program (the Program) was established as part of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement to accelerate research into, and implementation of, alternative strategies for control of browsing damage by wildlife on private forest and agricultural lands. The Program was a partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian governments.
Five-year Review of the Aerial use of 1080 2008 to 2012 - NZ EPA
In 2007 the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) completed a reassessment of 1080 for use in pest control. ERMA concluded that there are no practical alternatives to 1080 for the preservation of native bush and protection of agriculture. It was decided that 1080 should continue to be used, but with a tighter management regime designed to improve 1080 use.
Sodium monofluoroacetate and alternative toxins for possum control - NZ Journal of Zoology
Over- reliance on a single toxin for a particular pest, such as 1080 for possum control, is unwise, and we are evaluating alternatives. Possums are susceptible to some non-anticoagulant toxins, including gliftor, cholecalciferol, calciferol, and alpha-chloralose.
Dawn of a new era in pest control - Lincoln University