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Rats have never really been classed as man’s best friend, but New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced that the country is aiming to be completely free of rats, stoats and possums, by 2050.

"While once the greatest threat to our native wildlife was poaching and deforestation it is now introduced predators," says Key. "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."

"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," says Key.

The New Zealand government have been criticised in the past for aerial drops of 1080 poison, which can lead to a slow and painful death. The method will continue, but they plan to design new technologies.

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