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  1. Sounds very dramatic, Is there not perhaps a more natural way of dealing with the issue rather than dropping poison all over the island?

  2. To the people of Lord Howe Island.

    Aerial Drop of Brodifacoum may have been the only possible method to clear rodents off your beautiful island 25 years ago, but new non-toxic methods have now been developed.

    Brodifacoum is a bio-accumulative, persistent toxin classed 1A, the highest level possible.
    This poison has the degradability of plastic. You do not want to put this into your environment through an aerial drop. It will most certainly cause unacceptable levels of secondary, tertiary and more killing. This poison is found in the liver and fatty tissues of many species, well away from its point of dropping.

    Please get yourselves informed on newer strategies. Fight for a poison free environment.
    Brodifacoum will kill all predators of rodents, resulting in rodent plagues even bigger than the numbers of rodents you may be experiencing now. Check out the increasing lists of islands that were supposed to be completely eradicated using the one-off treatment of aerial Brodifacoum.
    I live in Nelson, NZ and three islands on our coast have recently had this operation in August 2017 for the second time, it was going to eradicate rodents in 2008 and all three were now buckling again under massive mice numbers.
    Tonga Island, Fisherman Island and Adele Island.

    Rodenticides lead to rodent plagues as a result of killing predators of rodents. Learn from NZ’s mistakes. We started aerial poison drops decades ago and have not solved our problems.

  3. What they will basically be doing is they will be mixing Rodenticide with a cereal. They will be putting this into a container that spins around underneath the helicopter as it flies by GPS backwards and forwards across the island distributing the baits.
    A preliminary trial with non toxic baits has confirmed that the Lord Howe Island Woodhen will ingest the toxic baits and that the Currawongs consume rodents so obviously the toxins are going to build up in them and they will be susceptible to secondary poisoning.

  4. I don’t believe it will work.
    Read the labels on this product…Highly dangerous to pregnant women and children. Too many reasons to list here.

  5. I am confused. Why spray this poison to kill rats to protect native species when the product is a well known killer of wildlife. Does anyone in t he govt know wtf they are doing? First dingoes with time bombs now blanket species destruction. Lets not get started on coal hey. Please someone start a petition against dickheads having any power what so ever. Thanks.

  6. I cannot believe that anything as insane as dropping dropping baits like this from the air would even be considered. The potential for contamination to waterways , food sources and larger species is appalling. We have raptors poisoned i Tasmania because people use baits that dont kill straight away -so eagles and other predafors or scavengers see sick rats or even rabbits who are dying and easy pray and die as a consequence. Shat if this kind of drip was in a park near a scool or your home Mr Frydenberg or could contaminate your water or food sources????????.

  7. Lord Howe Island is an exclusive habitat. Relationships in nature can’t afford to be affected by horrible poisons. Tourists going there will also evidence the affect on the ocean resulting from baiting.

  8. Lord Howe Island is an exclusive habitat. Relationships in nature can’t afford to be affected by horrible poisons. Tourists going there will also evidence the affect on the ocean resulting from baiting.

  9. We need to save our natural resources for our children!! Money will never bring this back! Can we start protecting nature rather than lining greedy pockets!!

  10. I believe there are other safer means of rat control to humans and fauna whilst being cost effective.
    I believe a bounty on rat tails incorporated with the on going baiting program could be a great solution provided it was encouraged with a community spirit of “getting the job done without fuss ” attitude.

  11. I am signing because I agree that all sort of poison is wrong, this is a living organism, our planet, and what happens to us when we take poison! Why would I kill myself through the invironment I am living in, all the cancer is coming from poisoning. Watch the truth about cancer global quest!

  12. Sterilization sounds like a much safer solution, than poisoning all life and destroying the environment on LHI. Please read http://www.senestech.com they also recommend this type of poisoning. It is a much safer way to go. Do people realise that a rat only has around about a twelve month period of re-production, they would eventually die out naturally within a couple of years if done correctly. the rats have already been on LHI for close to one hundred years, what’s a few more to find something that is really safe to all life and environment on this small piece of paradise.

  13. The economic affect of areal baiting is not only dangerous for humans and the enviroment but also to pets and tourism not to mention the poisioning of the ground water and ocean. I wonder what the E.P.A would say if areal baiting was done near a
    Major water supply ?

  14. I am totally opposed to the use of poison (toxic chemicals) being used via an aerial drop or any other way, to rid Lord Howe Island of it’s mice and rat problem. The proposal to rid the island of these pests in THIS way is preposterous!!!

  15. We need to stop using poisons in our conservation toolkits. And definitely not appropriate on LH island paradise. Australian universities already have gender bias and other reproductive technologies to assist with pest animal control. Choose better partners for this work. Stop poisoning fragile ecosystems!

  16. Im signing because the detrimental environmental impact on LHI will be long lasting…. with unknown consequences …. Keep LHI clean !!!

  17. It will kill many other wild life and who knows the other toxic side affects it will have on the environment and ecosystems within.

  18. Poison doesn’t belong in pristine World Heritage environments, especially when more humane and ecologically sound methods Are available.

  19. Poison doesn’t belong in pristine World Heritage environments, especially when more humane and ecologically sound methods Are available.

  20. My family have lived on the island for 5 generations and would be a shame to see the release of all these chemicals over the island.

  21. I love this island & it is stunning beautiful & it has creatures there that noone will ever see unless they go & i have a close connection to the island thru family & friends!!
    Save Lord Howe Island!!

  22. Poisoning a beautiful island is criminal. Leave nature alone. There will have been cats and rats and stoats on these islands for hundreds of years. Doc gets involved and then there is silence and suffering and death.

  23. Alternative ways are better and cause less deaths to our native wild life. Protect our forests the right way; less destruction and more understanding.

  24. How can the government support such a toxic experiment on Lord Howe Island’s pristine environment & its people?? This is an absolute joke & an insult to the islanders to whom it is a credit the island was able to be world heritage listed?? Hello..WORLD HERITAGE LISTED!!!

  25. How can the government support such a toxic experiment on Lord Howe Island’s pristine environment & its people?? This is an absolute joke & an insult to the islanders to whom it is a credit the island was able to be world heritage listed?? Hello..WORLD HERITAGE LISTED!!!

  26. I think we need to consider the effects of poison used in our environment. We are so concerned about saving species but we aren’t considering the short and long term effects that’s it’s having on other key species and human health.

  27. I think we need to consider the effects of poison used in our environment. We are so concerned about saving species but we aren’t considering the short and long term effects that’s it’s having on other key species and human health.

  28. this has to stop! why can’t you see the wanton destruction to all animals!! this is one folly NZ govt./DOC will be accountable in the years to come

  29. Sacrilege, it should never be allowed to happen! What a shameful High risk and unnecessary act to inflict on such a treasured place!

  30. Stop advocating these poisonous drops as good for the environment when everybody knows you all profit from these toxic death drops!

  31. New Zealand stands for clean and green – liberally besplattering an entire island with deadly poisons risks animal welfare outcomes, human lives and New Zealand’s international reputation. Stop it now.

  32. A dialogue with Nature that uses poisons is not acceptable. Such extreme cruelty has no place in anything we do. You cannot “save” something with poison.

  33. We have all had enough of this government doing the wrong things to our land with poison please don’t destroy what we have left our earth is gonna smash us back if you don’t stop wrecking it

  34. We saw what happened on Macquarie Island following broadscale application of brodifacoum – it killed hundreds of birds. Think of the endangered Lord Howe Island Woodhen – this is sheer madness!

  35. Poison is not and never will be a tool that enhances ,any form of life ,It is not an option ,Had nature wanted it as a tool nature would have provided it .As it does in some places naturally .By all means we can help some species survival rate by trapping .Nature will have the last say .

  36. Ive visited LH and cannot see any practical way that this will work! There is far too much at stake to risk a poison drop.

  37. Spraying toxins on this world heritage listed island would have untold ramifications upon its delicate environmental balance.

  38. This non target specific poisoning will also be detrimental to the surrounding coral reefs. It must not be allowed to happen, and is contrary to the protection required of this World Heritage Area.

  39. As previous signers have indicated, this aerial drop would be an own goal for ecology and shows a negligent disregard for where industry standards are moving. If we must manage rat populations, infertility methods are much more efficient, much more humane, and much safer for humans and other remaining animals.

  40. I believe that the island is heritage so why would you what to kill your heritage as you would kill all the native animals on the island, so why would you want to destroy your own island. I think it is a really shame that the board of control can’t get it together it shouldn’t be about the money, it should be about the respect for the island and the people that have lived there for generations.

  41. Aerial bating to control rats in a World Heritage estate should not be attempted owing to potential risks to non-target organisms..,,

  42. Aerial bating to control rats in a World Heritage estate should not be attempted owing to potential risks to non-target organisms..,,

  43. Toxic chemicals will have an affect on the whole ecosystem. Unknown damage to marine life may occur thru runoff from the land too. There must be a better way. Immunocontraception of rats? Physical capture of rats. Targeted cull of rats.

  44. I strongly believe that this method of pest control is likely to cause vastly more damage to the island’s ecological balance than the pest itself. The widespread toxicity to all of the island’s species on the land and in the sea is surely something to be avoided. Please reconsider this toxic method and save this beautiful pristine island.

  45. Have you EVER been to Neds beach?
    HONESTLY … who in their right mind would ruin the most magnificent aquatic experience on earth!
    Your fools if you poison this piece of your world!
    It’s tiny but it holds magnificent things… also the only place in the world with a mist forest on a little island!

  46. There are less toxic ways of dealing with this problem. The damage to the community and the tourist industry financially will be huge. Our food/water resources will be poisoned for a long time.

  47. I’m signing because I have family who live there and aerial drops are toxic to humans too! What other marine and wildlife will this affect?

  48. To try and iradicate mice and rats on Lord Howe this way is too risky as there is no proven data to show the effects it will have on the rest of the eco systems (marine life,bird life, plant life and the islanders who rely on this beautiful island for there living.

  49. I feel strongly against the aerial baiting of this beautiful Island. I have spent a lot of time there over a five year period and have enjoyed the company of all the local people. I know the Island is divided on this issue but surely, can you not see the long term affects this poisoning will have on the environment.
    Where ever there are humans you will always get rats, its a fact of life, we go hand in hand. Is it not better to live with the devil we have known for thousands of years than one that we don’t no the final implications of what it will do long term.
    If it is so important to eliminate these pests is there a way of biological control through sterilisation, ist it worth a try rather than impacting on other species.
    Looking at the bigger picture, If the authorities want LHI to be pristine the way it used to be then if you are going to get rid of the rats then maybe you need to get rid of the humans as well, after all they go hand in hand.

  50. Lord Howe Island has been getting saturated in poisons for over 20 years with the ongoing weed eradication program. For such a small island this is Crazy! The last thing LHI needs is to be drenched in 42 tonnes of more poison!!! The terrain on parts of LHI especially on the mountains is rugged and the rats have many hiding places which makes it highly unlikley that the aerial baitng will work. Not to mention the damage this will cause to the flora and fauna, as well as pollouting the underground water table and streams which run into the ocean. This insane idea needs to be stopped now! Islanders are sick of being told how to manage there island by a bunch of public servants and bureaucrats that dont have a clue! STOP THE POISON NOW!!!

  51. Poisoning a World Heritage listed island,its human island community and the surrounding waters is an absolute disgrace!! I was fortunate to live and work there so i know how special Lord Howe Island is.

  52. No matter how many safety measures the company puts in to the helicopter dropping if poison to kill rats and mice on Lord Howe Island the island is too precious for this broad stroke approach. The outdoor activities that are promoted on Local Ed Howe and the wonderful ocean surrounds could all be put at risk and I’m certain parents would be feeling concerned for the health and safety of their children.
    Up the anti on the ” rat baiting stations” or wait for an environmentally acceptable sterility station program to be used in the mice and rats.
    Costs need to be measured and the worth of the scheme’s outcomes measured.
    The greatest considers should be given to the fact that this island is World Heritage listed and approaches need to be sensitive and appropriate to this fragile and beautiful island.
    Where are the longitudinal studies to show long term impact or success or areas put at risk by this plan when compared to current practices.
    Please do not put into jeopardy one of nature’s gems with actions that could have lasting impact on the health and well being of the people and the environment of Lord Howe.

  53. I’m signing this petition because I’d hate to see wildlife such as the wood hen wiped out through indiscriminate poisoning. Surely there are other ways!

  54. I’m signing because the proposed solution to the rats and mice situation on Lord howe Island will be far worse than the problem. Even worse, it will fail, but not before it does irreparable marine and terrestrial damage to the island.
    Ann Rochester, Australia

  55. I love my attended family and friends who live on the Island and love visiting LHI, Please do not spray the Island there are other ways to protect and care for the wild life not to mention the health and safety of the community (drinking water) themselves without using poison! To the people who want to spray: poison your own place, water etc and see how you feel afterwards!
    I know NZ has trials on trapping rats check it out!
    Let the Island residents have their say as they live there!

  56. I am signing this because I do not believe this method will eradicate the rats. I don’t believe that the risks and the loss of other wildlife as collateral damage is justified when there are other ways to control rats. Methods that do not involve the slaughter of cattle and chickens, the removal of pets, the potential damage to businesses through the portrayal of the eradication by the media. The World Health Organisation states that brodifacuom is toxic to marine environments. We only need one hiccough, one mistake and we are gone. Woodhens are in solid numbers, we sold out our palm industry, phasmids are being euthanized as their breeding programme is going so well. As the Eagles said ….” Call someplace Paradise kiss it goodbye.” Rethink this. Why the rush. Better methods are around the corner.

  57. I have visited Lord Howe Island and want it protected from invasive extermination programs, which I believe are not in the interest of all life forms that share its ecosystem.

  58. The program to drop poison to eliminate rats is deeply flawed. Too many other creatures are at risk. Rethink your action plan.

  59. I care about my island and it’s inhabitants. To even contemplate undertaking such an idiotic idea is beyond belief. The unknown implications and unknown short and long term effects of this poison are simply to dangerous to contemplate.

  60. I live here and am sick of the National Parks covering this island in chemicals…herbicide is covering the place constantly…

  61. Government and individuals alike need to put much more considerations into both long term and short term effects of such programs. I have lived on Lord Howe Island and experienced first hand how this proposal has impacted on the community. Yes the community has been communicated too with information on the plan, however the doubts fears and legitimate questions and concerns of those in the community and outside that community have not been heard or adequatley acknowledge and put to ease though adequate education.

    A fool can see that dropping poison on an island or any where is short sighted and in my opinion stupid.
    This stupidity is also in vain. When the control measures to maintain this eradication are not adequate either.

  62. This is just totally insane. A world heritage listed island and you want to poison it all. Are there no intelligencia working in this department. I lived on Lord Howe for 2 years and really appreciate the beauty and magnificence of the island . Find a better way to control the rodents. Big business trying to make big money being facilitated by idiots in Government Departments again. God help us.

  63. I believe it would be a disaster for the other wildlife on Lord Howe. It is a cruel and inhumane means of death and a toxic poison. Please don’t do this to the animal and human inhabitants of Lord Howe.

  64. Stop the aerial drop of toxic chemicals on Lord Howe Is and adopt a more environmentally friendly way to rid the island of vermin.

  65. I don’t believe all the ramifications from this idea have been considered, and this is not the best way to remove rats from the Island. I can never support something that recommends dropping tonnes of poison over a heritage listed island, especially in Winter.

  66. Please do not go ahead with the rat eradication on Lord Howe, this is where I live, Who will take responsibility if this does not work or it all goes horribly wrong. I strongly disagree with it’s procedure.

  67. Won’t that CONTAMINATE EVERYTHING???!!!!! Surely there’s got to be a BETTER way to spend 14 MILLION DOLLARS $$$$$$. This is ludicrous and must be stopped. What do you think??

  68. I’m signing this because I do not think that eradication will be successful and that it is contrary to the precautionary principle – ‘first do no harm’ .

  69. My key concern is the threat to bird and marine life, most obviously to the native wood hen, but also to other non-indigenous birds. The threat to marine life comes from the inevitable run-off effects. On the issue of the return of the Phasmid, it remains to be seen whether there are sufficient controls for its population still available since the extermination (by humans, not rats) of the Lord Howe Island parrot. The threat to the wood hen by rats has already been contained by various ground controls.

  70. Board and it’s advisors revisit this issue with alternatives that reduce environmental impacts. Blanket spraying of glyphosate for weeds, ant bait for one imported ant species and now rat bait. How much chemical are you allowed to use in this fragile island.

  71. We need to adopt a more precautionary and low risk approach, in order to protect this precious and iconic natural place.

  72. Rats have been on Lord Howe Is almost a 100 years. There are many ground nesting birds. Another year or twos wait wont matter till a more responsible suitable specific eradication method is available.

  73. this pernicious experiment, conducted on a world heritage listed island, cannot possibly succeed because of the island’s topography. Instead, it’s expected by- kill alone is atrocious, and it will thoroughly disrupt the ecological balance, by now achieved, over the last hundred years, between native biota and rats and mice. While the presence of rats and mice is not ideal, their numbers and the damage they cause have been wildly exaggerated by proponents of the scheme; proponents linked to the New Zealand corporate interests that have made — often unsuccessful — rodent ex terminations by helicopter drop one of New Zealand’s chief exports. Such ex terminations have never been carried out on an island with a permanent human population of this size; a second reason why the experiment, so detrimental to the island as a whole, will certainly fail. Alas, however, not before it does irreparable marine and terrestrial damage! Do your proper homework on previous drops, and look at the failures– often not admitted as such– and ecological damage done. All this just as targeted eradication of rats by infertility methods have become a success in the U.S., and are now being adopted by the European Union.

  74. Destroying this amazing and beautiful area is an appallingly idiotic countermeasure. If this is an executive plan, possibly the executive plan should be to create a more intelligent board of members.

  75. It’s a risky gamble that will threaten the wellbeing of the inhabitants, the tourism and the entire ecosystem of this unique paradise


  77. If anyone is against over-poisoning on Lord Howe Island, rodent eradication is the ONLY option. Brodificum is already available over-the-counter at Island shops and is being used indescriminantly around many island homes. The indigenous Lord Howe Woodhen has already been poisened through this ongoing indescriminate and uncontrolled use of bait – and probably many other species too. Added to this is a massive ongoing baiting program by the Lord Howe Island Board using Ratex – just to control rodents in some areas.(This program commenced in the mid 1950s, with mega-tonnes of bait being distributed over the past 60 years.) As the rats and mice become more bait resistent, more and more poison will be needed to control them. A single hit with brodofdicum will end the never-ending distribution or rat bait on Lord Howe. If you are really serious about stopping the distribution of brodificum and other poisons on Lord Howe the only option is rat eradication followed by the cessation of all poison into our local environment.

  78. I’m so glad that those that do know of the aims of the NZ DoC, have contributed to the dialogue….Lord Howe Island will be the guinea pig being the first permanently populated island to be aerially toxed in 2017. Our supposedly informed administration here keep saying that the supposed once-only, HA HA, aerial treatment will remove all the rodents and therefore there will be no more rodenticide poisons ever entering the soils here…..well they refuse to take account of the fact that the two day drop using 40 tonnes of Pestoff20R, the brodifacoum-based bait, will dumped 4000 years equivalent toxicity of the current level of use of rodenticides here……like 4000 years…how short-sighted can some people be to ignore this FACT….but I must say that those who insisted for years that invertebrates are not impacted by brodifacoum have opened their eyes to the fact that it does……ask those that live on the Seychelles, and would you believe it was announced in our local ‘Signal’ that 5 more land snails have been ‘found’ and classified…..GONE won’t they be, Ian and Jack’ol’boy.

  79. Obviously NZ and Aus/Tas DO NOT abide by the World Health Organisations requirements for Brodifacoum.I wonder if Workplace health and safety requirements were explained to the workers.

    Mixers and applicators – When opening a container and when
    mixing, protective impermeable boots, clean overalls, impermeable
    gloves and a respirator should be worn. Mixing, if not
    mechanical, should always be carried out with a paddle of
    appropriate length. Avoid contact to mouth and eyes. Before
    eating, drinking or smoking, hands and other exposed skin should be thoroughly washed with alkaline soap. Brodifacoum should not
    be used routinely in human dwellings. Baits should not be used
    where there is a risk of contaminating food, animal feed or
    potable water. Exposed baits should be laid in containers
    clearly marked “Poison”. Extreme precaution is warranted where
    sweetners and attractive colouring are employed in baits. Baits
    should not be laid unless all access by children and non-target
    animals can be prevented. Except in locked, unoccupied premises
    baits should not remain down for more than 24 hours. All exposed
    baits and their containers should be removed and burned after
    treatment is completed. Rodent bodies should be searched for and
    destroyed by burning.

  80. Thanks to Bill Benfield for exposing the eradication plan for LHI.
    This is such an old and un-scientific eradication “faux-technology”.

    New technologies and hopefully safer invasive species eradication techniques exist. With due respect I ask, why aren’t the safer technologies being used already? Why use outdated and ecologically dangerous programmes as this LHI framed-programme, or the Macquarie Island eradication project?

    So a 95% profit margin exists for such “charity” poisoning work. A cosy margin methinks! On Macquarie Island 330 tonnes of baits were used and now there is a significant problem with Azzorella dieback. Haven’t heard how the penguin colonies survived the poison bombing. I’d like to see their colonies…….

    Brodifacoum bio-accumulates, and is water soluble (and stable in water) and this causes much mortality of earth and land-dwelling species during and after a drop, and at drop sites. Admitting to over 2,200 seabird deaths in both 2010 and 2011as a result of the eradication project is shameful for any conservation mob. So the Tasmanian Governments August 2014 Evaluation Report, explains the fate of 800 tonnes of spoiled baits:
     “The bait pods used for this project (which were made of marine ply) were designed to be weather-resistant and to keep bait in good condition for up to four months. When the baiting program could not be completed in 2010, the bait pods were sealed with silicon and paint. Due to uncertainty about whether the bait would still be in good condition the following year, an additional 238 tonnes of bait was purchased as a precautionary risk management measure. Ultimately, most of the previous year’s bait was still in good condition but was not used. The surplus bait had to be disposed on in an environmentally responsible manner. The bait was burnt on-site in lots of up to 4 tonnes. The bait burns well once started and reduces to a very low volume of ash residue. The residue was bagged and returned to Australia for landfill.”

    So Conservation Tasmania is using its toxic brodifacoum-saturated ash as Australian landfill! How shocking is that?

    So obviously it is a fact that to mitigate damage to the rare and oceanic species on LHI, it would be prescient to find safer alternatives to any brodifacoum aerial bait drop e.g. using bait stations and a local rat-killing initiative with local people receiving bounty-payment for rats’ tail. This would as other readers have expressed, not damage the pristine eco-systems and kill treasures. But it’s the only way forward. The good people of LHI cannot afford the carnage and the by kill of current application “technology”.

  81. True O’Brien. Cut the funding end of discussion. Money and jobs is what this has always been about-the funding gravy train. The misuse of the word Conservation is wearing very thin as damage to the environment and the animals within it spiral out of control. In fact this whole poison industry has become out of control. Plenty of science out there that proves exactly that. If its so good why are we Australasian’s the last left to ban it? (Either of the above mentioned poisons) So many animals have suffered and where is any evidence that this approach has actually achieved anything? The figures don’t look good. Nothing adds up. There’s an awful lot of creative book keeping going on. So much glossing over and retweeking of those numbers to suit the desired outcome. The world is awake now to that trickery. Time to call it a day!

  82. Here, here O’Brien’ It makes us wonder how we ever survived all those years before the Telstra NHT, Caring for our Country and various other forms of Commonwealth taxpayer supplied largesse became available. Perhaps the rats were smaller and fewer in numbers, the rabbits were less hungry but tasted better (remember they were human food during the depression) foxes only ate rodents and rabbits and all other now commercially poisonable creatures didn’t exist? I think, however, what has really happened is the so-called conservation biologists, bureaucrats, State agencies and poison manufacturers have realised what great new career opportunities and empires can be built.

  83. What it comes down to is Commonwealth funding, a kiwi poisoning racket and a gang of vicious Tasmanians building conservation careers from poisoning and incinerating wildlife.If there was no Commonwealth funding we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  84. Brodifacoum and Sodium monofluroacetate (1080 poison) are inhumane and eco-toxic. Given how small the Island is, they will poison the entire water supply.

    Again and again in research, “control” samples have become accidentally contaminated with 1080. Because 1080 poison is highly soluble it spreads very fast in water and also up food chains. For example, researchers found 100% mortality of aphids on broad bean plants grown in 0.00005% 1080 solution.

    1080 has been shown to pass readily into milk and meat.

    In mammals, it causes birth defects, reduced fertility, damage to reproductive organs and other organs including the brain and heart.

    Claims that 1080 poison does not cause mutations arise from a study on mice, that ERMA was unable to get a full copy of, and no research at all has been carried out on whether it has carcinogenic effects. Therefore its possible presence in water supplies should be taken extremely seriously.

  85. The reality is that they will never eradicate rats of Lord Howe unless they dump mega amounts of poison so that the rats even along the cliffs get dosed.

    I can’t see how they could be allowed to bomb the WHA with poison to that degree. What about the endemic invertebrates that live in the streams there. Surely they to would get eradicated also.

    To my knowledge the current Rat control program on Lord Howe is manageable and is probably the status quo option. But I don’t know all the present facts.

    They did introduce the Barn Owl a long time ago, but the rats were probably well established by then.

    Seems like someone in poison marketing has hoodwinked the authorities.

  86. White Gallinule is remarkably like the white version of Pukeko which occurs in some places in NZ where numbers are high and genetic diversity a bit reduced. Given that pukekos have found their way to the Island independently in recent times, and the purist poisoners want to get rid of them. They should do a DNA test on any bones present from the white ones, check with current birds and if similar leave them alone to redevelop what was there before . Purists who decide that a certain date is what you should take an Island back to are unrealistic and downright dangerous, nature does not remain the same but is constantly evolving, weird people who think to save something by poisoning it , disrupting already established ecosystems to tailor make their dreams really should consider seeking medication to see the World as it is, evolving. Who will want to visit Lord Howe Island ( a beautiful place with lovely people) if it is poisoned especially with brodifacoum, what will happen to its rare reef system? let the poisoners find a distant planet and all go there to live.

  87. This type of poison (Brodifacoum) and this method of aerial baiting (helicopter) has a bad track record of bird and animal poisoning.

    Our own Macquarie Island (despite all the fluffy, feel good stories that have since been put out there) was an absolute disaster with at least 2,500 seabirds and ducks poisoned. Well that is 2,500 poisoned seabirds recovered and admitted to (god only knows how many died at sea) and still Brodifacoum and mummified semi-frozen carcasses will continue to kill for years to come.

  88. Another example of the dominant discourse that of the LHIB using their power to the detriment of the native Islanders who have been there for generations. This abhorrent disregard for human life is disgusting. World Heritage Listed obviously means nothing legally. The creators of this idea should be incarcerated if this is approved. Where is the peer reviewed academic literature that cites this practice as safe for the PEOPLE, ANIMALS and FAUNA of Lord Howe Island?Well?

  89. If you are not aware, The local council of Lord Howe Island plans to drop 42 tonnes of highly lethal poison called Broadaificom on a HERITAGE listed Island via a helicopter drop costing in excess of 10 million dollars. Something similar to what the USA dropped on Japan twice in WW2. There is endangered species and a local community that will be impacted by this insane practice. LHIB (nothing more than a local council and law amongst themselves) are in the process of applying for special circumstances under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

    We are the concerned citizen group native descendants and current land occupiers of Lord Howe Island and strongly oppose this and have over 1000 and growing signed petition which is attached. Please help us stop this lunatic idea and source a better solution such as a successful sterilisation alternative program from http://www.senestech.com

  90. Why ruin this beautiful World Heritage Listed Paradise with this Toxic Chemical Trespass!!! This poison will effect the entire ecosystem, resulting in irreparable damage to the wildlife and their habitat. This will also have a huge impact on the tourism industry, as who in their right mind will want to take their family for a holiday to a “POISONED PARADISE”??? Travel Agents take note!!! Surely the first people of Lord Howe Island, the Islanders do not deserve to be poisoned in their own homes! After all it is a credit to them and their ancestors that the Island is still in such a pristine state, as clearly they had a real appreciation for the natural beauty of the island. Surely the future generations of Islanders deserve to continue to live in harmony with the nature that makes this Island so incredibly special it is called the ” Gem of the Pacific”. Lets continue to keep it this way and make thier ancestors proud!

  91. LHI is a Jewel in the Pacific, it is World Heritage Listed Island. The Island People who have been here for generations have cared for this piece of paradise so, that to this day Everyone can enjoy it. Now there is such a dilemma because now it is going to be poisoned with Brodifacoum, 42 tonnes is going to be dropped out of a helicopter can you imagine if there is a hiccup and ZAP there will be no longer the Lord Howe Island as everyone once knew. I am against this method of poisoning as there could be major collateral damage to this beautiful Jewel in the Pacific especially, as there are other solutions that are available just around the corner. The rats have been on LHI for around 100 years and has been controlled through bait stations, surely a few more years for a more reliable and safer method. Senestech.com is already in production of a much safer method, STERILISATION stop them breeding and they will disappear within a couple of years.

  92. I believe the process chosen to eradicate the Ratus ratus population on Lord Howe Island is inappropriate on a World Heritage Listed island. I understand it is not finalised that aerial baiting has yet to be finalised through an approvals process. The analysis of the potential harm and benefit of this method of eradication is, in my opinion, a waste of tax payer funds.

    My reasons for this are: this is a WORLD HERITAGE AREA
    – some creatures on this island exist NOWHERE ELSE in the world
    – many are listed as close to leaving the face of the world forever
    – if a mistake is made there is no coming back from it
    – let us not have to EXPLAIN TO THE WORLD why extinction was caused under our watch
    – let’s look after Lord Howe for the world, for the children and adults of the future

  93. It all comes down to $$$. The board needs the funds
    and in doing so is willing to poison the island and surroundings. I’ve heard what happens when you put poison in the ground with rain, it soaks into the underwater tables then it can build up to more deadly levels that will lead to human deaths. Secondary poisoning via eating animals, produce or fish will be around for years. Please research a better option like sterilisation through http://senestech.com/

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