Taronga Zoo is now being targeted by animal rights groups because they are found to have been using a type of poison that is quite controversial. The poison is used to eliminate pest foxes that are roaming around the grounds of the zoo. There are many methods used in pest control in Sydney but using the 1080 poison is quite a controversial issue since many countries have already put a ban on the product. The poison is given to the pest through CPE or Canid Pest Ejector equipment which is responsible for spraying the poison inside the mouth of the animal.
There are a number of animal rights groups that are opposed to the method including the Animal Liberation NSW and the RSPCA Australia. According to them, the poison administered slow death which can be very painful and it does not target specific pests alone. It can be mistakenly sprayed on wild animals, cats or dogs in the area.
Despite the complaints, Taronga Zoo is adamant that they are using the chemical in a way that is not only safe but responsible as well. As with dogs and cats being at risk, the management said that the chance is quite negligible.
A representative of the zoo said that they are not willing to risk the safety of their animals since there have been numerous cases wherein foxes are involved. They have killed 3 quokkas and 12 baby penguins already which started in the late 90s.
The spokesperson also said that they use pest-control methods that inflict low suffering as much as possible and baiting is only done as a last option. When it comes to foxes, they have to act fast and other methods have already been proven to be ineffective considering the fact that they pose a direct threat to the zoo animals.
The zoo stands their ground in their choice of pest control in Sydney since the Local Land Services experts are the ones who recommended the 1080 to be the best bait for their case. Taronga Zoo guarantees that the use of the pesticide in public places is done responsibly to minimize potential risk to the community.