New Zealand Wants To Kill All Of Its Rats By 2050

Posted: Jul 26 2016, 6:00am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 26 2016, 6:02am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


New Zealand Wants to Kill All of its Rats by 2050
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  • New Zealand wants to get rid of all Forms of Vermin by the Year 2050

The nation of New Zealand wants to get rid of all forms of vermin such as rats, stoats and possums by the time the year 2050 arrives.

The objective of a predator-free New Zealand will not be easy. It will require a massive effort by the public and private sectors. The whole community will have to participate in the eradication of these harmful animals which have been introduced into the environment. The government made an announcement regarding a Predator Free New Zealand 2050 target.   

Among the plans, which are still in the pipeline, there is a novel public-private partnership company. This goal will be accomplished by the time 2017 rolls in. The native animals of New Zealand are a unique sign of the country’s identity.

Since these animals evolved for millions of years without the company of mammals, they are very vulnerable to the influence of predators. These predators kill more than 25 million birds on an annual basis. The time is thus ripe to get rid of all the rats, stoats and possums that are polluting the place. 

“While once the greatest threat to our native wildlife was poaching and deforestation it is now introduced predators,” New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said in an official statement about The Predator Free 2050 Project.

“Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year, and prey on other native species such as lizards and, along with the rest of our environment, we must do more to protect them.”

Mr Key further said that rats also threaten New Zealand economy and primary sector, "with their total economic cost estimated at around $3.3 billion a year."

“That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums. This is the most ambitious conservation project attempted anywhere in the world, but we believe if we all work together as a country we can achieve it.”

The eradication of these pests and varmints will take some time but it will have been a worthy step in the right direction. Via a bringing together of various agencies and organizations, this goal will reach its denouement.

What this means is that many hands make light work. It is concerted effort that ultimately bears fruit. The resources of the government and the wisdom of the local community will coalesce in seeking a solution to this threat to New Zealand’s native animals.

Possums and ferrets are the source of bovine TB. This disease destroys deer and cattle. Over a $100 million were allocated towards the protection of deer and cattle from this destructive malady. 

The government of New Zealand does not have all the technology needed to do the job right now. Yet in the future such a stage could be reached that tallies with the worthy goals of the government.

New Zealand is a world leader in matters of conservation. Also a great deal of research takes place in this land for the sake of benefiting wildlife. It is hoped that this new scheme will deliver its results by the time 2050 rolls in. There is still plenty of time to get the job of pest eradication completed without any hitches. 

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