1080 is a cruel and indiscriminate poison with no antidote.
Death by 1080 poison
Death from 1080 poisoning is excruciatingly painful as the toxin slowly works to prevent the body’s muscles and organs from absorbing energy, resulting in failure of the lungs and heart. The symptoms of 1080 poisoning include vomiting, anxiety, disorientation, shaking, running, screaming fits, drooling at the mouth, and uncontrolled paddling and seizures.
Secondary poisoning is also possible through consuming the flesh of an animal killed by 1080 or undigested baits from the stomach of an animal who has vomited up the toxin. The heavily poisoned bodies of animals killed by 1080, as well as the baits themselves, may also risk contaminating nearby waterways.
1080 is indiscriminate
Any animal that ingests 1080 will die a slow, painful death. Not only does 1080 kill dogs, cats, birds, pigs, rabbits and dingoes, but research has shown for decades that native marsupials including quolls, potoroos, wallabies, red-bellied pademelons, brushtail possums, kangaroos, and wombats also suffer horrific deaths due to 1080 poisoning.
Because 1080 is colourless, odourless, and tasteless, it is easily ingested by companion and wild animals, with baits being designed to be appealing to eat. These baits are dropped from helicopters, along trails and are buried in mounds, where they kill indiscriminately.
Australia is one the last places in the world that still uses this cruel, indiscriminate and dangerous poison. Join me and call on the Government to ban the use of 1080 and invest in ethical, non-lethal alternatives.