The science supports Maggie Barry’s death to cats policy.
The science supports Maggie Barry’s death to cats policy.
Phil Quin is bemused by Maggie Barry’s death wish on cats.
What concerns me is this: why on earth does a NZ government have the power to tell its citizen how many cats they can own?
These debates happen all the time in NZ. Let’s ban this, or restrict that – often in response to some moral panic brought on by the confluence of more than one newspaper article on a given subject.
Our unwritten constitution often seem to offer carte blanche to governments to regulate, ban, restrict anything they like, apparently on a whim.
Kiwis love to bash the U.S.; mock its gun culture, for example, and the extremes of its politics. But, living there for several years, I came to respect the limited nature of constitutional government – and the fact that, at state and federal level, there are courts whose job it is to determine where governments have committed overreach. Cat fanciers in America would have a law such as that proposed by Barry struck down in minutes. In fact, no government would even propose it, knowing that it couldn’t pass constitutional muster. Read more »
Gareth Morgan wants cats dead…so do I…especially feral cats.
His latest call though is already being done with an outcry recently in Auckland about cats being dispatched after trespassing in a wildlife reserve on Whangaparaoa peninsula.
Lock up your moggies if you live near a sensitive wildlife area, or they could be put down – that’s the latest suggestion from Gareth Morgan’s environmental group in its bid to stop cats harming native birds.
Geoff Simmons from the Morgan Foundation made the suggestion in a submission on Wellington City Council’s biodiversity management strategy.
He said the strategy’s plan to manage predators that had an impact on native wildlife was for the most part “fantastic”.
However, there was a “glaring omission” around the issue of cats.
Mr Simmons suggested any cats found wandering around sensitive wildlife areas, where birds would breed, should be humanely trapped and returned to their owners.
If the cat was not microchipped, it would be dropped off to the SPCA where it would be re-homed or euthanised. Read more »
Gareth Morgan has all sorts of advice lately, but perhaps he might like to take his motorbike on a trip to Vietnam to give them some assistance with a little culinary problem they are having.
Just after midnight on Tuesday, police in Hanoi detained a truck smuggling three tons of live cats into Vietnam. The driver, a 30-year-old man named Hoang Van Hieu, admitted that the ill-begotten cats were bound for restaurants in the country, where cat meat is, in fact, a delicacy, especially in the provinces of Thai Binh and Nam Dinh, not far from Hanoi.
“After receiving a tip, we searched the truck and discovered the cats inside,” Sky News quoted Dong Da district deputy chief of police Cao Van Loc as saying. “The owner, also the driver, said he bought the cats at the [Chinese] border area of Quang Ninh province. All of the cats were from China.”
With an average adult weight of about ten pounds for a healthy domestic feline, three tons means we’re talking hundreds of cats. The animals, crammed on top of one another in bamboo cages, were just the latest haul in a small cat-trafficking market that sources from nearby China, Laos, and Thailand to satiate Vietnam’s appetite for kitty flesh. Read more »
The liberal elites think hunting is evil…because people like me kill things and eat them.
Despite these attitudes, they also agree with tonnes of 1080 being dumped into our forests, lakes and streams…in order to kill things. At least I am eating my kill.
The bottom line though is every=thing I shoot, kill, and eat is introduced and a pest…someone has to do it.
We all need to do our part.
New Yorker has an article about New Zealand and our desire to rid ourselves of these introduced pests.
In the days—perhaps weeks—it had spent in the trap, the stoat had lost most of its fur, so it looked as if it had been flayed. Its exposed skin was the deep, dull purple of a bruise, and it was coated in an oily sheen, like a sausage. Stoat traps are often baited with eggs, and this one contained an empty shell. Kevin Adshead, who had set the trap, poked at the stoat with a screwdriver. It writhed and squirmed, as if attempting to rise from the dead. Then it disgorged a column of maggots.
“Look at those teeth,” Adshead said, pointing with his screwdriver at the decomposing snout.
Adshead, who is sixty-four, lives about an hour north of Auckland. He and his wife, Gill, own a thirty-five-hundred-acre farm, where for many years they raised cows and sheep. About a decade ago, they decided they’d had enough of farming and left to do volunteer work in the Solomon Islands. When they returned, they began to look at the place differently. They noticed that many of the trees on the property, which should have been producing cascades of red flowers around Christmastime, instead were stripped bare. That was the work of brushtail possums. To save the trees, the Adsheads decided to eliminate the possums, a process that involved dosing them with cyanide. Read more »
What do the twits on Twitter say about him?
Apparently there is a cat killer on the loose in Suffolk.
Have they checked the local takeaway?
Anyone seen Gareth Morgan lately?
It is the backdrop for Charles Dickens’ first novel and has inspired many of William Gainsborough’s idyllic countryside scenes.
But Ipswich residents are now living in fear that a mass cat killer is on the loose after reports that more than a hundred pets have mysteriously disappeared without a trace.
Police said they are investigating the matter, which has caused distress among cat-owners, many of whom now refuse to let their pets go out at night for fear they will be attacked. Read more »
Why do people put up with pets that attack their owners?