Thirty Tonnes of Brodifacoum Dropped on Whangaparaoa Shakespear Park, New Zealand.
This article was previously published by Merrilyn in 2012.
Seagulls in Danger: Photo by Merrilyn on Holly’s camera, 2012.
And since this drop, thousands of seagulls have been picked up dead off our shores up here. 2500 dead seagulls within one week have been picked up off our local beaches, near where the Brodifacoum was dropped, and a total of 10,000 dead seagulls has been given for the general area, including Muriwai Beach, which is not very far away ‘as the seagull flies’. This will be a very conservative figure. How can they count all the seagulls who have died?.
Photo by Merrilyn on Holly’s camera, 2012.
The authorities have reported through the local paper (NO big coverage about this big event, with its potentially disastrous consequences, on national television) that the 10,000 dead seagulls picked up were a result of a storm. But the Brodifacoum poisoning on such a huge scale must surely be the real reason. Seagulls can detect when storms are on their way, and it is not usual that they get caught up in these storms. Also – the storm that was predicted for our region north of Auckland in the Whangaparaoa did not arrive. So these seagulls did not die because of a storm.
We were assured in a local newspaper article that ‘technology’ was so improved and sophisticated now, that NO Brodifacoum would be accidently dropped in the sea or on the beaches. A blatant misrepresentation of the facts.
The following week, after one of these poisonous drops, a picture appeared in the local paper of workers picking up Brodifacoum pellets from the local beaches. These workers were paid by MAF to pick up accidental drops of poisonous pellets off the beach. Many of these escaped pellets would have been eaten by seagulls before the pellets could be retrieved. Many pellets would also have landed in the water where they could never be retrieved.
Now with such a huge drop of Brodifacoum poison – 30 tonnes in the one area – you would expect that the health department would be interested in the effects on the people of the region, especially since so many people live close to the poisoned site. But – in many countries overseas, this poison has already been banned, or restricted. So its bad effects ARE ALREADY DOCUMENTED. This is why our health authorities are turning a blind eye to the after-effects of using this poison on such a large scale. Nothing but silence now, and the pretence that all is well. Meanwhile, I bet the doctor’s are doing a roaring trade on the Whangaparaoa-Rodney Coast, as will the drug companies, from all the people who will be visiting the doctors for prescriptions to fix the many and various health problems people will be suffering as a direct result of Brodifacoum poisoning.
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Someone, somewhere, will be profiting enormously, to the tune of MILLIONS of dollars, because of the sale and the use of this Brodifacoum poison in New Zealand. Thirty tonnes on Whangaparaoa Shakespear Park, and goodness knows how much all over the rest of the country. The thing is that it is not necessary to use poison. There are plenty of less harmful ways of managing the pests of the forests without using chemicals such as Brodifacoum. But big business interests push this poison forward as being the cheapest and quickest way to cure the problem, and so our gullible politicians say “YES’ to it. Even the Green party has endorsed the use of this poison, so I read somewhere. Astounding – other countries have experienced disastrous consequences from using Brodifacoum, but New Zealand has to learn for itself.
I wonder whether they might even have sneakily used it on the reserve only few hundred yards down the road from where I live, such are the reactions that I am experiencing to this poison.
I have been told that many seagulls died in Kapiti as well – also blamed on a storm. But Brodifacoum poisoning, I remember reading somewhere, has also been done in parks and on islands in that region, as well as in other parkland areas of New Zealand. So these seagulls down at Kapiti, also, have likely died from the result of eating Brodifacoum poison. The local paper said a couple of weeks ago that 100,000 seagulls have died over the past month, because of storms, they say, in various areas of New Zealand. This will be just an estimate on the lower side, I should imagine. But it is still a pretty horrific figure.
What a terrible thing. As if we can’t see that ‘the Gods are angry’: All the earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions all over the world are surely a sign that we need to alter our ways. Our earth is rebelling to show its anger about the way we are poisoning our planet. And, unbelievably, still it goes on.
Every bad thing we do against nature, or each other, has an affect. And so, by dropping 30 tonnes of Brodifacoum, which is used in rat poisons, to kill opossums, rats and rabbits, you can expect an enormous chain reaction which will, eventually, have an impact upon the wider environ and its people and wild life. Brodifacoum in such a large volume will also affect climate to a degree, as well as all life including people, because the gases coming from the poison, and from decomposing birds and animals which have eaten it, will affect the senstive ozone protection in the sky, and so forth…
Well, my health has been severely affected by the Brodifacoum poisoning just a few kilometres away from where I live. Sure – there has been a virus about – but it was the Brodifacoum poison, I believe, which weakened my immune system dramatically, so that I could not fight off the virus easily. This fact has been proven with bees – It is a fact now, that bees are dying of a virus because their immune systems have become weakened by toxic agricultural chemicals, the main one being nicotinoids. Scientists have shown that bees who were not exposed to this poison, did not succumb to the virus, and their hives stayed healthy. But the bees whom the scientists had exposed to MICRODOSES of the nicotinoid poison, which could not be detected by scientific means in the bees afterwards, all succumbed to the virus which killed them.
So – microdoses of poisons DO affect life, as the microdoses of homeopathic medicine has proven, and as these scientists have proven with their experiments on bees.
Anyhow – back to getting the flu, and relating the ongoing symptoms to Brodifacoum. – It started with getting very wet and cold one night. I walked back from Red Beach in the driving rain one night, which was probably the ‘storm’ we were warned about, and got a dose of flu followed by bronchitis. But this lasted about a month, with a distressing asthmatic-type cough that seemed to come back on any old day. There was intermittent high fever, with profuse sweating – clothes had to be changed several times a day on some days. Severe bone pain accompanied what I thought was ‘flu’ – but I began to suspect that something else was going on, because the bone pains with a streaming nose, even now, still return on certain days, with what I can now discern to be, since the flu symptoms have gone, as allergy symptoms related to Brodifacoum.
Allergy to Brodifacoum. These include a running nose, and slightly burning nostrils and lips, with sore eyes, blurred vision at times, intermittent bone pain, intermittent neck pain at the base of the skull, intermittent headache, and a sore throat with glands which are swollen on some days. There has also been an ongoing bladder infection which was especially bad this past fortnight, after the last drop of 10 tonnes. I have realized that the Brodifacoum microdoses have caused the balance of acidophilus bacteria to be affected, causing candida: Digestion is impaired, as well as bowel function. The effect of the Brodifacoum is very weakening. It can make you feel depressed and lethargic, because it affects the nervous system and the muscle strength.
The effect of this poison in the air (and has it got into our water already?) is even stronger in effect than taking a homeopathic remedy – except that this is NOT the remedy we have chosen. The effect of the presence of this Brodifacoum in our environment, even though it will be in microdoses, and probably not discernable to any ‘test’, is undoubtably having a physical effect on the human body.
I did wonder about the Brodifacoum poisoning affecting my health, when I did not get better. The sickness co-incided with the three 10 tonne drops of Brodifacoum. And my friend Bernhard in spirit, told me to take Thuja, which is an anti-poison homeopathic remedy – very useful to counteract the effects of bad vaccinations, and sensitivity to things such as rat poison.
Now I have worked it out – because I feel better when I leave this otherwise beautiful environment, to head down to the ‘big smoke’ of Auckland. Auckland air is currently better than our Orewa/Whangaparaoa air. On returning here, the sore glands, sore throat and the coughing all return.
I could not decide this for sure beforehand, when I had the flu, as I was too sick to go anywhere. But now that the virus has been overcome, I am well enough to travel again. There is no doubt that our air, even in Orewa, is being affected by this poison about 5-8 kilometres away. At night, when the air is still, especially when there is a fog, the symptoms become worse, with persistent coughing, bone pains, and the rest. I can smell the poison. I have another friend who is experiencing the very same symptoms, and who also relates these to the Brodifacoum poison down the road. But we are sensitive – not many people will be aware of the poison to the same degree, however, it will be affecting many people just the same. I feel sorry for those people who live very close to where the poison was dropped on Shakespear Regional Park.
The weather has been absolutely lovely lately – summer is here already, it seems – however, I am looking forward to the rain which should arrive on Wednesday 31st August 2011, as this should dispel some of these toxic vapours affecting my health. the Brodifacoum fumes are currently in our air at Orewa. Meanwhile, I am taking calcium ascorbate powder, which is a non-acidic form of vitamin C, to counteract the effects of the poison. The dosage I am using is between 1000 mg to 2000 mg a day. I have been taking this for the past three days now, and the symptoms are markedly improved. I am also taking the occasional dose of homeopathic Thuja. Still, this does not stop the irritation to the lungs, eyes and nose, from the stuff present in the air. Dear Lord, Please bring on the rain……….
Note: Other factors which will be contributing to the prevalence of viruses of many kinds at the moment will be the effects of radiation from Japan’s Fukushima disaster, and from the dumping of radioactive material, from Japan, into the Pacific and onto the deserts of south Australia recently. I have eaten fish and chips a few times in the past month. I think that ocean fish are slowly becoming contaminated with radiation from these sources. Radiation, even in small amounts, like Brodifacoum, weakens the immune system so that we are made more vulnerable to viruses and infectious diseases.
The poison problem is compounded for me at the moment because of insecticide, or herbicide, which I smelt all around the vicinity of the big supermarket when I passed by it last night, in Orewa. This is only a hundred yards away from my house. This localized poisoning could have been done by council, but I suspect it was the supermarket spraying poison around to get rid of cockroaches and ants, because it was a Sunday, and councils do not work on
Sundays. If only people would use natural insecticides such as the homeopathic and organic products which are available, instead of these highly toxic substances which should not come anywhere near food storage places, or places occupied by people.