Cats

Killing the cat was the worst of his crimes?

The NZ Herald ran a story about a cat killer…like that was the worst of his crimes.

A 17-year-old Otorohanga man is accused of strangling a kitten to death.

Tere Teropiha Poi appeared in the Hamilton District Court this morning charged with wilfully ill-treating the kitten by tying a belt around its neck, tightening it and causing it to die at Kawhia on June 19.

The charge has a maximum penalty of three years’ jail or a $50,000 fine.

Poi also faces charges of assaulting a female, possession of a cannabis plant and possession of two water bongs for smoking cannabis on June 20.

He was bailed and remanded to reappear in the Te Awamutu District Court on July 4.

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 Saudi Arabia cat ban
Tizian, a Persian cat, receives a brushing at a cat competition, Berlin, November 2, 2012. A Saudi cleric has said that photographs with cats are forbidden under the Gulf Kingdom’s brand of Islamic law.SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES

A prominent Saudi cleric has declared photographs with today’s face of the day and other cats and animals are forbidden unless completely necessary due to an upsurge in Saudis “who want to be like Westerners.” I checked that the story is not a hoax due to it being so ridiculous but unfortunately it is true.

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Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan says taking pictures is prohibited (MEMRI)

On a televised broadcast, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, was told about “a new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people who want to be like Westerners.”

He replied: “What?! What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here.”

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Cats have killed more dolphins than McDonald’s ever has by buying hoki

This week we have seen a jihad opened up on the New Zealand fishing industry by a group of Kraut eco-terrorists.

They claim they are trying to save Maui dolphins and have fingered McDonalds as contributing to their deaths because they buy NZ Hoki. Nevermind that NZ Hoki is caught in regions far from the littoral environs that Maui dolphins inhabit, they are just attacking an industry and a multi-national company based on lies and mis-truths.

In their bid to save Maui dolphins they have attacked industries and companies that actually have nothing to do with the maui dolphins and attacking them and destroying their businesses won’t save a single Maui dolphin.

A better approach would have been for them to attack cat owners. Because one of the major killers of Hectors and Maui dolphins is cats…or rather a disease that is caused by cats.

A recent 2013 study found that toxoplasmosis is a rather large factor in the deaths of Maui and Hectors dolphins.

Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are a small endangered coastal species that are endemic to New Zealand. Anthropogenic factors, particularly accidental capture in fishing nets, are believed to be the biggest threat to survival of this species. The role of infectious disease as a cause of mortality has not previously been well investigated. This study investigates Toxoplasma gondii infection in Hector’s dolphins, finding that 7 of 28 (25%) dolphins examined died due to disseminated toxoplasmosis, including 2 of 3 Maui’s dolphins, a critically endangered sub-species. A further 10 dolphins had one or more tissues that were positive for the presence of T. gondii DNA using PCR. Genotyping revealed that 7 of 8 successfully amplified isolates were an atypical Type II genotype. Fatal cases had necrotising and haemorrhagic lesions in the lung (n=7), lymph nodes (n=6), liver (n=4) and adrenals (n=3). Tachyzoites and tissue cysts were present in other organs including the brain (n=5), heart (n=1), stomach (n=1) and uterus (n=1) with minimal associated inflammatory response. One dolphin had a marked suppurative metritis in the presence of numerous intra-epithelial tachyzoites. No dolphins had underlying morbillivirus infection. This study provides the first evidence that infectious agents could be important in the population decline of this species, and highlights the need for further research into the route of entry of T. gondii organisms into the marine environment worldwide.

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1000 cats at a wedding – these people need to be locked up under the mental health act

The shelter is no-cage and no-kill, filled with more than 1,000 cats and kittens and nestled outside Fresno. It has existed there for more than 20 years.

The couple from Canada chose this place, of all the places, because like them, it cares about the cats.

“We are animal lovers, the two of us, and we wanted to make this our special day,” the bride told CBS 47. “We wanted to make it close to our own values.”

Feline fondness brought the couple together when they first met, according to news coverage from their wedding.

They dated for three years, a relationship founded on common principles and interests: cats.

“I saw we were sharing these same values, because these are values, they are the basis of our (relationship),” Veronneau told KSEE 24.

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The outrage: man convicted for trapping cat on his own property

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A Palmerston North man convicted of capturing a pet cat in a leg trap said he was trying to prevent it from hunting birds on his property.

Paul Parsons was convicted in the Palmerston North District Court on Wednesday on a charge of using a prohibited trap for the purpose of capturing an animal.

He was fined $500 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs and a $250 contribution to legal costs.

A statement from the SPCA said that when Parson was interviewed he admitted setting the trap for the purpose of capturing the cat to prevent it from hunting birds on his property.

SPCA NZ chief executive Ric Odom said the actions were “clearly completely unacceptable and irresponsible”.

“The SPCA wants this conviction to send a clear message to anyone considering setting leg hold traps – and the message is: don’t do it. It is illegal to set leg hold traps near dwellings and size one-and-a-half long-spring leg hold traps are themselves illegal.”

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Holy Crap: I’ve finally figured out a downside to global warming

I knew there was a down side to global warming.

If your cat has been a little more frisky than usual lately, you can blame the weather.

The SPCA is grappling with a huge influx of kittens and it says a warm autumn is the cause.

Balls of fluff climbing the SPCA walls is a seasonal issue that’s usually well and truly over by now.

“It usually ends at March, but when I started last year in April they said it was still going full bore, and then even into May we’ve experienced exactly the same this year,” says chief executive Andrea Midgen.   Read more »

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Finally I’ve found something that does eat cats

The other week I posted a photo on Facebook of a cat that I ironed out with a .22-250. That little 40gr Hordany varmint round had torn its head right off.

People were outraged…some defriended me, one person threatened to punch my face in.

We left the cat lying in a paddock and nothing touched it. The hawks ate the hare and the rabbit we shot but nothing touched the cat. I’ve never seen anything eat a cat until today.

Cat owners have been warned of the dangers their feline companions face when venturing outdoors after video emerged of bald eagles feasting on the body of a dead cat near Pittsburgh.

Footage from a live web camera mounted at the Hays bald eagle nest, located a few miles from the center of Pittsburgh, showed the eagles serving up the cat to hungry eaglets. Concerned cat owners bombarded the local Audubon Society about why the eagles had preyed upon the cat. Read more »

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Death to cats!!!

This week the city councils in Wellington and Christchurch have outlined plans to tackle pet peeves.

I applaud the Wellington City Council plans for a fatwa on felines by limiting the numbers of cats to three per household. It’s entirely the right thing to do.

In Christchurch there’s a proposed bylaw requiring dogs to be leashed on, and within one metre of, shared pathways through Hagley Park. Sensible stuff too.

I ask you – who needs more than one cat (if indeed any)? I’ve always thought people hoarding too many cats were slightly odd. If not mad.

And Wellingtonians like the idea with 77 per cent supporting the cat limit in a recent survey.

Now there’s talk of mandatory micro-chipping too. That may be far too hard to administer. And sensibly the council appears to steering away from that.

I say all these proposed rules are common sense. There. I said it. I think I agree with Gareth Morgan.

Dog owners already face these rules so why shouldn’t the owners of cats? Why have cats got a free pass for so long? The game’s up felines.

Cats destroy bird life. They’re mini tigers. They’re hunters and natural born predators.

They trespass all over other people’s properties. And they look at you with annoying eyes and try to lie on you all the time. Read more »

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I wonder if Gareth Morgan will buy a place there?

A new subdivision in Auckland is opening soon and it has a blanket ban on cats.

A site on Auckland’s fringes once considered for a landfill dump site is being developed into a gated subdivision where there is a blanket ban on cats and sites have sold for more than $1.6 million.

Weiti is an 860 hectare block on Auckland’s northern boundary, between Long Bay and the Whangaparoa Peninsula, that was purchased for $163 million several years ago and is being developed by Williams Land.

Weiti Development chief executive Evan Williams said around 20 or 30 years ago it was proposed the the block would be the major refuse zone for Auckland’s North Shore.

But the former pine forest is now in the process of being transformed into a gated “lifestyle” community – the latest in a series of residential developments around Auckland, from Pokeno to Warkworth, which include Silverdale’s Millwater, and Long Bay.

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What does today’s face of the day and this cat have in common?

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