Public forum: The ethical and conservation implications of using 1080

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The Invasive Species Council and Blue Mountains Conservation Society are holding a special forum to consider the ethical and conservation implications of using 1080 for invasive animal control.

Foxes are one of the main drivers of mammal loss in Australia and 1080 baiting is the main method used for fox control in the national parks of the Blue Mountains. Earlier this year Blue Mountains City Council decided to permanently ban its use.

The forum is being held on Tuesday 8 June at Wentworth Falls in NSW.

1080 is important for conservation – it has been essential for enabling the survival or recovery of many threatened species in Australia. But 1080 has animal welfare consequences – it is likely that many 1080-poisoned animals suffer pain and distress.

So should 1080 be banned until we wait for more humane alternatives, or will this lead to even greater suffering?

In this discussion you will hear from scientist, writer and environmental philosopher Dr Carol Booth, author of our report 1080: A Weighty Ethical Issue.

This is your chance to challenge your views and ask the difficult questions.

The discussion, followed by questions, will take place between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Join us for tea and coffee afterwards.

You must register your attendance to comply with our COVID-safe plan.

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