New Zealand Aims To Exterminate All Rats And Other Predators By 2050

New Zealand Aims To Exterminate All Rats And Other Predators By 2050

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New Zealand Aims To Exterminate All Rats And Other Predators By 2050

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  • Predatory pests to be eliminated by 2050
  • Focus on terminating rats, stoats, and possums

It’s not often you hear about government actively seeking to destroy wildlife but in the case of New Zealand, they’re killing in the name of conservation reports The Guardian.

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On Monday, New Zealand’s PM, John Key unveiled a program that would eliminate all non-native predators by 2050. Those predators include rats, possums, and the stoat from New Zealand’s ecologically diverse landscape.

“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.”John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister

A stoat in winter fur | Photo Credit:

A stoat in winter fur | Photo Credit: Steven Hint

As of now, New Zealand loses approximately $2.3 million dollars each year because of invasive predators and by ridding itself of these “pests,” New Zealand hopes to safeguard its diverse population of avian species as well as their surrounding habitats.

Find the entire Guardian article here: New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators

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