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check two 01-23-2013 10:06 PM

New Zealand man wants to eradicate pet cats?

-NZ to eradicate pet cats? Purr-ish the thought!

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his anti-feline campaign.

Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation's unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil's horns. The opening line: "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer."

He doesn't recommended people euthanize their current cats "Not necessarily but that is an option" are the site's exact words but rather neuter them and not replace them when they die. Morgan, an economist and well-known businessman, also suggests people keep cats indoors and that local governments make registration mandatory.

Morgan's campaign is not sitting well in a country that boasts one of the highest cat ownership rates in the world.

"I say to Gareth Morgan, butt out of our lives," Bob Kerridge, the president of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the current affairs television show Campbell Live. "Don't deprive us of the beautiful companionship that a cat can provide individually and as a family."

For thousands of years, New Zealand's native birds had no predators and flourished. Some species, like the kiwi, became flightless. But the arrival of mankind and its introduction of predators like cats, dogs and rodents have wiped out some native bird species altogether and endangered many others.

"Imagine a New Zealand teeming with native wildlife, penguins on the beach, kiwis roaming about in your garden," Morgan writes on his website. "Imagine hearing birdsong in our cities."

But many New Zealanders are against the campaign. Even on Morgan's website, about 70 percent of respondents were voting against making their current cat their last.

Morgan could not be reached for comment.

And the science remains unclear. Some argue that cats may actually help native birds by reducing the population of rodents, which sometimes feed on bird eggs.

Morgan's separate personal blog, in fact, has a separate campaign to raise $1 million to eradicate mice from the remote Antipodes Islands, where rodents are the only predators.

A 2011 survey by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council found that 48 percent of households in New Zealand owned at least one cat, a significantly higher rate than in other developed nations. The survey put the total cat population at 1.4 million.

In the U.S., 33 percent of households own at least one cat for a total of 86 million domestic cats, according to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products Association.

Scientist David Winter said cats are indeed a problem in New Zealand, having contributed to the extinction of at least half a dozen New Zealand bird species. Writing on his blog "The Atavism," Winter said Morgan's campaign appeared designed to "start conversations."

Still, he added, "What hope is there for environmentalists in conversation where our side wants to take people's kittens away?"





hashashin 01-23-2013 11:14 PM


hashashin 01-23-2013 11:47 PM

Meanwhile, in Japan they're building apartments especially for people with cats!





Sky Blue Bally Kid 01-24-2013 04:29 AM

Damn, that one cat sonned those bats!

Ol' Dirty Trixˣ 01-24-2013 04:44 AM

if they got rid of all the cats then rodents would thrive. the rodents are also a threat to the birds. with no cats they'll be overrun with rodents and still no more birds.

VORTEX 01-24-2013 04:54 AM

fuck them cats.. kill em all, for all i care...
only bitches love cats... especially all those lonely ass bitches!

we some dogs.

Ol' Dirty Trixˣ 01-24-2013 05:22 AM

yeah single men, couples and families never have cats.



VORTEX 01-24-2013 05:33 AM

Single men don't have cats... they might have dogs tho'.
Couples don't have cats.. the female part might have, but ain't no way in hell a dude would want a motherfucking cat, we just say aight, to shut yall bitches up..
Families, again same shit as above, just different social status.

Ol' Dirty Trixˣ 01-24-2013 05:38 AM

you live a very sheltered life if that is all you know.

VORTEX 01-24-2013 06:29 AM

nah, but you're obviously still living in some kind of illusion...
it's all good tho'.

Ol' Dirty Trixˣ 01-24-2013 06:34 AM

you're the one living an illusion.

how old are you?

Ol' Dirty Trixˣ 01-24-2013 06:50 AM


Every year we publish our Fast Cities package devoted to the most creative cities. Sadly, this year we weren't able to answer one pressing question: Which places are best for cats? Well you're in luck. CATalyst Council--a non-profit coalition that represents veterinaries and animal shelters, among others--just did such a study and has released a list of the 10 best cities for cats: Tampa, Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Denver, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta, and Minneapolis.

The CATalyst Council's ratings combined several factors, including cat ownership rates, vet quality, microchipping and "cat-friendly" city ordinances. Surely, these would also be the places where cat ladies dwell. Not even close! According to the U.S. Census, these cities have an overwhelming surplus of never-married men, versus never-married women:


Initially, we were bummed that the cat-lady cliche was not proven by the data from the U.S. Census as the CATalyst Council. But then we realized: There's a dating strategy here, for any cat lady or cat-lady-in-the-making. If you find yourself meeting more cats than men, you should move to any one of the cities above. Not only do they suit cats, but they've got a huge population of unmarried men, just waiting for a good woman. And a few extra kitties are fine.


VORTEX 01-24-2013 07:01 AM

Nah, shit is pretty real, no illusions here.
I'm old enough my dear, how old are you?..
Cute little link you provided there, good thing I ain't from the States, so I couldn't care less what studies show in America.

Ol' Dirty Trixˣ 01-24-2013 07:11 AM

again, you live a very sheltered life.

i don't really care where you live. this planet is a big place, there's more to it than your fam and your little circle of bros, if you have any.

hashashin 01-24-2013 07:22 AM


Originally Posted by VORTEX (Post 2298916)
fuck them cats.. kill em all, for all i care...


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