Environment Policy > Replacing 1080
New Conservative will look to phase out 1080.
New Conservative will replace 1080 with Good Nature Traps and other trapping devices.
Good Nature Traps were developed and built in NZ by 3 New Zealanders. The traps are used in 20 countries, and have been proven to be extremely useful in eradicating pests, by D.O.C.
Good Nature Traps are a humane way of killing, and they target specific species.
In the case of possums, meat and fur can be safely harvested, which in turn would create employment opportunities.
The argument that we need to use 1080 because it is the cheapest and most effective method of reducing predator numbers is barren. It has been proven that Good Nature Traps are effective, and target specific species. They are more expensive to use, but cost must not prevent us from doing the best for our environment.
Phasing out 1080 and replacing it with Traps, will help to ensure that we have clean waterways, oceans and forests. It will also assist in rejuvenating forest and bush life.
New Conservative support positive initiatives like predator-free Wellington and the goal to be the first predator free capital in the world using their own home built traps.