Attempts to eradicate browsing animals using 1080 poison
broadcast by air began in the 1950's and were on-going, with only minimal monitoring of impact.
They have withdrawn their names in protest at Forestry Tasmania practices, specifically the clear-felling of native forests for woodchips, and the use of 1080 poison
which is claimed to be killing native and endangered animals in Tasmania's wilderness.
Baits for pigs usually contain a toxin such as 1080 poison
, but Dr Lapidge says that following successful target and non-target species uptake trials, scientists at the CRC are ready to pick a final prototype manufactured 'pig-specific' toxin, adding that a feral dog- and fox-specific toxin has recently been found.
And more immediately, to prevent native animal "browsing" of new plantations in Tasmania, 1080 poison
is used to kill possibly hundreds of thousands of native animals each year.