June 17, 2008

One Law for Some?

Sir, Early in the 1980s, I was prosecuted by the police for not burying possum carcasses. The prosecution was based on my own verbal admission of activity as a possum trapper in 1960-61. I was convicted, fined and had to pay costs.

Council and local body regulations stipulate the proper method of disposing of carcasses, whether poisoned or not - either composted or buried.

Today the Department of Conservation and Animal Health Board are jointly responsible for 1080 poisoning thousands of animals. The carcasses are not disposed of as the regulations require. Why are they not prosecuted?

A thousand possum carcasses weigh approximately three tonnes so DOC and AHB, by their own admission, are guilty of leaving large quantities of poisoned fur, bone and meat rotting into the watershed. All this at a cost of approximately $60 million of taxpayers' money annually.

Compare this to New Zealand's contribution of $9.5 million to the UN to battle global hunger (Nelson Mail, June 5). It is immoral for a government department to ignore the regulations which the public and farm communities must abide by while setting up new regulations for conservation land and national parks. Is there a law for one and a law for another?


Nelson, June 8.


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