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New Zealand’s Favourite Grandmother on the right side of the issue of stray cats

The science supports Maggie Barry’s death to cats policy.

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Phil Quin on Cats and Constitutions

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 »

Perhaps Gareth Morgan can give them some advice

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.

VICE News reports:

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 »

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Maybe we could send Gareth to help out

Long term readers of this site know that I hate feral cats…well, most cats, but feral cats in particular.

They are bird killing machines, mostly of our native birds.

But it turns out they are spreading disease too.

Free-roaming domestic cats (Felis catus) are widely understood to have substantial negative impacts on wildlife. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists cats among the world’s worst non-native invasive species, and cats on islands worldwide have contributed to 33 species extinctions (Lowe et al. 2000, Medina et al. 2011). In the United States free-roaming cats are the top source of direct anthropogenic mortality to birds and mammals, killing approximately 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals each year (Loss et al. 2013).

The indirect impacts of cats on wildlife are less obvious, but one of the greatest emerging threats from free-roaming cats is infection with Toxoplasma gondii. T. gondii is a parasitic protozoan that can infect all warm-blooded species but relies on felids to complete its life cycle. According to a new study published in EcoHealth, feral cats are likely driving white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) infections in northeastern Ohio (Ballash et al. 2014). Cats that host T. gondii excrete oocysts into the environment in their feces, and a single cat can deposit hundreds of millions of oocysts, which may remain infectious for up to 18 months (Tenter et al.2000).   Read more »

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Time for someone to be checked in…

To an asylum…

Dr Gevil? What a dick.

Dr Gevil from Gareth Morgan on Vimeo.

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Is it wrong to pick on crazy cat ladies?

One reader certainly thinks so.

Here is his dissenting comment to yesterday’s post.

Re: Your blog “crazy cat lady”. Everyone soon or late needs a little compassion but if we want it we need to foster it.

TV3’s entrapment of the cat lady wasn’t. They vilified her. If TV3 were outside our door we’d be upset too? Especially if neighbours had hurt our cats. It’s persecution! The lady didn’t hurt anyone.

She’s adopted cats that were abandoned. She did it out of care. Many poorer folk have cats. They love them. They’re trying to make the rent and their cats provide love. I think it’s an intolerant law that lets a person hurt neighbours and cause heartbreak when they find their wee mates dead due to hate. This is cruelty.

Re: the picture of a cat dead in a Timm trap, it’s not humane. It’d be terrible for the family that loved this cat to see this! The SPCA list of shame shows what the some  are capable of. This encourages it. Cats are companions for the aged, families with kids, all kinds of people.

I’m for decent approaches to problems not persecution

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Fox for donkey meat or rat for lamb kebabs is so 2013

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China likes to lecture NZ on food safety and then they got slammed with a fox, donkey and rat meat scandal. But that is all so 2013 now.

In Beijing urban trappers have been caught with cats in traps they said they were going to sell to street side vendors…for use as lamb kebab meat.

The drama unfolded last week when a cat enthusiast who takes care of neighborhood strays caught a youth checking a trap she noticed nearby. In an apparent bid to outrage bird enthusiasts as well, the thieves had baited their traps with live sparrows.

The woman, surnamed Li, says the hunters claimed to have caught over 100 cats during the New Year holiday.

Because apparently there are no laws on the books regarding urban trapping, the two men were jailed for 10 days for “stealing.”  Read more »

Something to brighten up an otherwise dull day

Pete tells me that cat posts are the go for a bit of traffic.

Which is good because my Hawkes Bay correspondent writes:

Cam,

This black cat with green eyes had a patch of white on it but we didn’t want to risk it being bad luck so it is digesting lead.

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Maybe the surrender monkeys need to borrow Gareth

Perhaps Gareth Morgan might like to take his motorcycle and travel to France to educate the cheese eating surrender monkeys about cats.

Visitors to one of France’s most beautiful tourist areas were today warned to be on their guard after a pack of feral cats launched an attack on a young woman.

About six cats pounced on the unnamed dog owner as she walked her poodle in the city of Belfort, in the popular Franche-Comte region, on the Swiss border, dragging her to the ground and mauling her.

She was bitten repeatedly and left with a torn artery which could have proved fatal, while the dog was also badly hurt.

It is thought that particularly high summer temperatures may have made the cats far more aggressive than usual.  Read more »

A cat for Gareth

My mate sent this in from yesterday’s efforts in field.

He suggested that Gareth should put up some prizes for dead cat photos.

  • most cats
  • biggest cat
  • best pose
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