PRESS RELEASE: Wallaby carnage on King Island

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PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On MAY 24, 2005

National 1080 review ignores welfare considerations

Peak animal welfare body Animals Australia today expressed it’s outrage that 1080 poison baits were used to kill thousands of wallabies on King Island last week. The poison was laid in a 115km line of carrots to kill the wallabies that are said to be competing with farmers on the Island. Enough 1080 poison was laid to deliver fatal doses to hundreds of thousands of the resident wallabies.

Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director of Animals Australia, said today:

“1080 causes terrible suffering to native herbivores. Scientific observations describe wallabies hunched up, shaking and shivering before convulsions end in a cruel death.”

“I am angry that the Tasmanian Government can one week announce the end of 1080 poisoning in State parks and forestry, then the next week issue permits for mass poisoning of our native animals by farmers.” said Ms Oogjes.

1080 national review

Some 3 years after it commenced the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) review yesterday released its ‘Preliminary Review Findings’ on the registration and use of 1080 poison [see http://www.apvma.gov.au/chemrev/1080.shtml]

Despite the APVMA agreeing originally to consider the animal welfare concerns about 1080, the preliminary report makes no conclusions in regard to ‘humaneness’, stating it is not an official criterion in the ‘Agvet Codes’.

“ Animals Australia and its member societies are bitterly disappointed that that the APVMA has ignored the issue of gross animal suffering caused by 1080 poison.

“ Yesterday’s report gives the ‘green light’ to the use of 1080, and signs a cruel death warrant for millions of both target and non-target animals,” concluded Ms Oogjes

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