Gareth Morgan is offering a $5 donation to the SPCA for every cat killed:
Environmentalist Gareth Morgan has offered to donate $5 to the SPCA for every homeless cat they put down.
Morgan and SPCA executive president Bob Kerridge have been locked in a war of words after the businessman launched the “Cats to Go” campaign last week, labelling cats as “natural-born killers” and calling for local governments to require registration and micro-chipping of cats, and to eradicate unregistered cats.
In a New Zealand Herald opinion piece, Kerridge called for Morgan to “rethink your tactics and join us to bring about a positive solution by encouraging responsible cat ownership”.
“Why not put your money where your busy mouth is and support us by assisting with the funding of desexing and micro-chipping of every domestic cat in the country. That will make a positive difference, and will free up SPCA funding to add to our bird rescue activities,” Kerridge wrote.
“If you don’t want to do that, and you continue on your ridiculous resolve to be rid of all cats, I can only repeat what I have already said: ‘Butt out of our lives, and don’t deprive us of the beautiful relationship that a cat can provide, individually, and in our families’.”
Morgan should go further, he should offer to pay $5 to each person who kills a feral cat…that would go a long way to easing the burden of ammo costs.
I have a mate who said he’d be able to pay for a fair bit of ammo with the cats he shoot’s for the good of the environment.
Morgan responded to Kerridge on Campbell Live last night.
“Yesterday Bob Kerridge had the audacity to write in the New Zealand Herald to lay down a challenge to me to put my money where my mouth is and give the SPCA some money.
“I’ll do that, Bob. I’ll do it as long as you stop being the society to protect cats and start becoming the SPCA as we all think you are.
“Here’s the condition: You will not release one more cat into the wild in New Zealand. You will only release cats to registered owners who will chip them. If you do that, then for every cat that is turned into an authorised pound and doesn’t satisfy those conditions, so nobody claims (it), and is euthanised, I will give $5 to the SPCA.”
Morgan accused the SPCA of “single-handedly destroying our native species”.
“These people are releasing cats back into the wild – it’s unbelievable.”
The only good cat in the wild is a dead cat.