Mooshi deserved to have her say from the grave. You are right Shirley, there are many people who have lost their pets from 1080, one of our neighbours lost 2. One died in front of one of their children. There not doubt would be many more cases where the pet just didn’t return home. As an ex vet nurse, it is the most grisly death I have ever personally encountered. I have also seen a wallaby die from 1080 poison in my backyard. It is not a peaceful death.

Wallabies travel well out of the 2km range that the documentation on 1080 says. In my dogs case, no one checked to see if the 1080 baits were picked up at the required time. The baits were left 3 weeks longer than they should have been. I had been extremely vigilant, keeping the dog restrained and checking the forest around our home. On the night she died I let her out to the toilet before bed, for no more than 10 minutes, even though, according to the documentation I had received, the poisoning period had finished. She came back as soon as I called her. At 3 in the morning, beside my bed where Mooshi slept, hell descended. After restraining a normally very placid dog, who was now in so much agony she had turned into a rabid monster, with no recognition of who I was, and although the vet had said he didn’t believe she would make it, I tried to get her there, but she died on the way. 

The wallaby carcass was found the next morning, on our property, not 15 metres from the front door, 3 km from the 1080 baiting site, the carcass was fresh having only very recently died - 3 weeks after it should have done. Doing my own investigating, I found the baits that were left and many many carcasses of wallabies and possums. I have many more photos of carcasses that had been eaten, including bones, and baits lying in water draining depressions – water which ultimately ended up in the local creek. Nothing had been removed. The flocks of forest ravens led me to the carcasses.

When a 1080 poisoning was done on a nearby plantation, FT was worried if I found any poisoned wildlife that I would go to the media, they did not ring to inform us they were coming, and as we have a locked gate, in fact took a back door route into our property and came and virtually begged me, that if I found any carcass to notify them and to please not go to the media. They assured me they would have people looking for dead carcasses and remove them. This entailed a few people on 4 wheelers driving up and down a few roads in the area. When I encountered these people I asked them if they had found anything, they said they hadn’t found a single one and the baiting must not have been very successful. My comment was long the lines of, ‘did they expect the wildlife to die graciously on the roads to make it more convenient for them to pick up’? They said they didn’t really know how to find them. This alone should ring alarm bells!! I told them to look for the flocks of crows.  They had no idea where to look and traipsing through the bush was obviously too much trouble for them. Thus the carcasses were left rotting in the bush for the likes of devils and quolls. I have absolutely no doubt this is standard procedure, though obviously not a written one, leaving them to rot and continuing the poison regime.

I have no confidence that proper safety procedures are carried out in regard to 1080. Which I believe my cases show. And whatever information which is negative to the continued use of 1080, some would obviously prefer to be covered up and not released to the general public. How safe can the public be if that is how they deal with deadly poisons?

The other risks that they don’t seem to take into account are: a 1080 poisoned pet turning on a child, a legal shooter eating a poisoned wallaby, bush walkers drinking from downstream waterways where 1080 baits or carcasses lay. Is that what it will take -  a human to die from 1080, before they wake up to the dangers?  If ministers ultimately responsible could be put in the position of the public, maybe they wouldn’t be so heedless. Or is that just wishful thinking?

Your right David (3), not only the loss of a dear pet, but 10 years of pedigree dog breeding and the last to continue the line, I was well prepared to sue and no doubt had a very good case, (purely to teach them a lesson, as no amount of money could buy back what I had lost).  A number of people, including professionals, warned me about what the result would be from the testing procedures. What a stitched up killing field Tasmania has become.

But who says the dead can’t haunt and speak!

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Claire Gilmour

Mooshi deserved to have her say from the grave. You are right Shirley, there are many people who have lost their pets from 1080, one of our neighbours lost 2. One died in front of one of their children. There not doubt would be many more cases where the pet just didn’t return home. As an ex vet nurse, it is the most grisly death I have ever personally encountered. I have also seen a wallaby die from 1080 poison in my backyard. It is not a peaceful death.