At War with Nature - Corporate Conservation and the Industry of Extinction Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00T2T9KT2
- Publication date : February 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1403 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 131 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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How a `not for profit' Government poison factory supplies munitions for the War. How the imperative to move product leads to chronic overdosing, unremarked in New Zealand but noted as carelessness in extermination export markets such as the US, where NZ government agencies presided over the by-kill of a large number of bald eagles.
These eradication programs are supported by the best science money can buy. The actual science finds that possums do little damage to native forest and may help native birds. The actual scientists who reported this went on to discover they were out of a job. The others are aware of the results they are expected to provide. Such as how 1080, an insecticide, has no effect on native insects and how 1080 residue in a declining weta population will conserve the kiwi, an insectivore.
Possums are now so scarce their fur is up to six times the price of merino fleece. Useful people with trap lines easily control numbers and produce a surplus sufficient to pay tax, but that is not the way New Zealand likes to do business. Possums only began to be persecuted in 1947 after they were accused of damaging the growing tips of young commercial pine trees. The organization bringing the charges was the New Zealand Forest Service, a commercial forest owner and precursor of DoC.
Total pest eradication (a pest is anything not native except us) has been trialled on islands, the agencies involved typically reporting unalloyed success. Mr Benfield, like other members of the public, is not permitted onto such islands but, from what can be gleaned, infers partial to total failure. Typically the pests survive but the natives - that have in some instances co-existed with the pests for a century - do not. This notwithstanding, enthusiasts are planning a total eradication program for both main islands of New Zealand. Guaranteed to fail, implementation will require the methods of a police state. (The penalty for harbouring mice: three months in a 1080 penal battalion?) It is probably too far down the track to prevent but after reading Bill Benfield's book at least you will know how you came to be in the predicament.
After the Urban Liberals, in whose name this is done, have migrated to whatever cause replaces Green and the war is over, W F Benfeild details a shattered biosphere ministered to by an eco-industrial complex permanently hooked on a tax funded rental.
A must read.
Thanks to William Benfield I now have a new word ‘exotiphobia’ , to describe the fear of exotic or introduced species to New Zealand, and the flawed rationale for wanting their destruction.
I found the book well researched and totally credible. I wish I could aerial drop copies onto my greenie friends.
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