Environment Spokesperson for the Māori Party, Rāhui Kātene, welcomes the report on 1080 by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright.
“It is timely that we have an independent report which looks at all the arguments both for and against the use of 1080.”
“There are very entrenched views on both sides of this argument”, said Mrs Kātene.
"This report suggests that 1080 has a place in the toolbox of measures we use to control predators and pests. The question is, how can we minimise its use?
“I still believe that hunting and trapping is an effective and humane way to deal with possums, and create employment opportunities.”
“And I also believe that the government still has an obligation to investigate other forms of pest control.”
Mrs Kātene submitted a private members bill last year, that seeks to ban the import, manufacture and use of 1080 in Aotearoa.
The Māori Party plans to speak to its members to decide whether the bill should proceed.
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