Cats Unwelcome in New Zealand

Businessman proposes banning cats in New Zealand, to protect birds from predation.

By Anastasia Thrift | Posted: February 21, 2013, 10 a.m., EST

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Do Cats Kill?
An infographic from the Cats To Go movement, which aims to eliminate free-roaming cats from New Zealand. Click image for full infographic. 
The New Zealand Herald reports that cat abolitionist Gareth Morgan held the first of several public meetings to persuade people to eliminate outdoor cats from New Zealand. Last night's “Cats to Go” campaign discussion drew about 100 local supporters and opponents.

Morgan seeks to eliminate free-roaming cats and feral cats from the country. Cats with ID tags or microchips would be returned to owners. At last night's meeting, he encouraged people who did not own cats to trap and cage stray cats.  

A Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals board member brought up that the SPCA used Trap-Neuter-Return to control feral cat populations. Morgan contended that no evidence exists to prove that TNR stops wandering cats, and he suggested that stray cats should be euthanized.

The meeting took place in the Wellington suburb or Karori, home to wild bird sanctuary Zealandia. The reserve houses dozens of native birds and Morgan says it's also the country's "most expensive cat food factory."

"I want cats to be confined so we don't have cats wandering around killing things,” Morgan said. “Because we know 50% of their kill they just kill for the pleasure of it."

Click to read more on reports of cats as killers.

More meetings are in the works. To read more about Morgan's plan, visit his website.
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Mj    Beverly, MA

3/6/2013 7:57:12 AM

I know that TNR works, having been involved with a wonderful group in Salisbury, Mass. I live with woods behind my house and lots of birds. We have never had a problem with cats. I have two of my own that stay indoors and I love them dearly. Let's face it, ferel cats are the product of these poor babies having been abandoned. They deserve our protection not condemnation!!!

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

3/5/2013 4:34:24 AM

This man makes me SO MADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!! What a idiot and that is not what I want to call him. I love birds too, but he is just a stupid, ignorant uneducated idiot! Putting all the blame on cats is so ridiculous.

Michalle    Portland, OR

3/3/2013 12:42:26 PM

Cats are not the only animals that kill birds! Cats should be spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters. TNR is a great way to control the cat population. Microchipping your cats is a VERY important thing to do. Indoor cats don't impact the environment and live long and healthy lives.

D    Newtown, CT

2/27/2013 8:33:41 AM

Be responsible cat owners and neuter your pets and keep them inside.

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