Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Poisoning Paradise wins in Japan

Poisoning Paradise has just picked up its 3rd international film festival award. This time, in Japan.

Please press this link for details.

Steve and I would like to thank those people who participated in this documentary, and those who have supported the making and the promoting of the film.

To appear in this film took courage. Some people were too afraid to appear on camera, but told of their experiences. Others have told of threats, and warnings if they speak out or speak against 1080. Others have been blacklisted. All of these people knew they would be ridiculed, attacked, smeared, and humiliated by the authorities, departments, and the people that support this out-of-touch-with-reality practice - but did so anyway. Thank goodness for these brave people, or there would be little documented evidence of the ecocide that is taking place in this country.

Poisoning Paradise includes many, many testimonies from victims of 1080 drops. It contains indisputable evidence that the aerial poisoning operations are cruel, on a massive scale. It includes analysis from many scientists, revealing how poor the research used to support the use of 1080, really is. Disturbing information, footage, and many other cans of worms are opened, and will shock viewers. What's disturbing is - it's fact!

The negative impact these poison drops are having, will, one day be acknowledged and accepted as a sad period in New Zealand history - and I hope that the people who dared to speak out, to tell the truth, and to present the evidence - for no reward - will live to see that day.

If you haven't watched Poisoning Paradise, please click on the link below...


  1. "Steve and I would like to thank ... those who have supported the making and the promoting of the film."

    You're welcome Clyde, don't mention it :)

  2. Congratulations guys, well deserved. You've done something too difficult and confronting for most to even attempt and you've done it well. Great job!

  3. Boys I hope you have put a lot of research into this - you have a lot of emotive content and you have made a very powerful emotional public presentation - bottom line is i fly for miles and miles over possum dying forests & coastlines, and trapping simply is never going to cut it - well done on a big effort but I hope you keep looking objectively at this issue because you just may have got it wrong.

    Well done for your passion towards protecting the bush that we all love

  4. Thanks for your comment. It's a very for the general population, who have not spent years investigating, and filming poison drop zones, to what to believe. The public should be able to rely on accurate information being provided by authorities - unfortunately, they can't.

    In regard to the forests - unfortunately, trees die, like everything else. Possums may cause a shift in species of trees within a forest, over time, but it is limited. Possums also help spread seed, up to 70% for some species. Possums don't cause canopy collapse. You will see dead trees where there are no possums, and you will see healthy forests where there are possums, and no 1080.

    A lot of investigation by scientists, not involved in the poisoning industry, into the research used to support 1080 poisoning, and it doesn't stack up. Any, independent, international review will come to the same conclusion. That's what I am advocating for - the truth.

    1080 poison is killing our native species off, and causing imbalances in the ecosystem. The fastest breeder after a poison drop is the rats and the stoats, and that is a scientific fact. Possums, despite what authorities that like to use 1080 tell you, don't eat birds and birds' eggs as their main diet - it is extremely rare occurrence, if it happens at all.

    The areas that can be trapped, should be trapped. Even the rugged terrain shouldn't be aerially poisoned, there's no need for it. The stoats prefer the lower areas where there is a greater abundance of rats and birds to feed on - that's where the greatest intensity of pest control may be needed - but it must be targeted - not poisonous food dropped from helicopters, that persists, kills non-targets, and continues to kill after its killed the primary target. The biggest portion of a stoats diet, is in fact, rats. Kill the rats, and the stoat switches to birds, causing imbalance.

    1080 poison is also an insecticide, and after the poison has killed the wildlife in the drop zone, there's still over 90% of the poison left lying on the ground.

    If the forests of New Zealand need to be managed for pests, then we need to target the pest directly. We are not saying don't target the pests, just do it responsibly. Cheers.