Feral Cats

What’s wrong with $5 a tail?

Gareth Morgan loves the sound of his own voice, and he must be deaf too because he has a voice for print.

Nonetheless, he is banging on about cats again. 

Wandering domestic cats are the biggest predator “by a mile” in urban areas, according to Gareth Morgan.

The key to changing that, could lie with a simple pest plan consultation in Manawatu.

The Horizons Regional Council put out its pest management plan for consultation in February, not expecting the response it got.

By the end of the month it received 94 submissions to the plan. Of that, 47 were specifically regarding feral cats and 45 of those were led by New Zealand businessman Gareth Morgan’s Morgan Foundation.

The majority of submissions were not actually from within the Manawatu region.

The submissions request a clear definition of feral cats as any cat without a microchip, collar or harness. They also ask Horizons to approach the government to develop national legislation.

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Auckland has 20,000 colonies of what?

Feral cat with bird it has killed

Feral cat with bird it has killed

The number of unwanted cats and kittens over the Christmas period has left one SPCA full to the brim.

Every summer, litter upon litter of kittens pour into SPCA clinics across the country, and this year’s no exception.

Over the past month an Auckland clinic has been flooded with the furry friends, receiving as many 30 to 80 a day.

“At the moment we’ve got 450 foster families and each foster family has one or a whole litter of kittens, so it’s probably up around the 600 mark at the moment,” says SPCA Auckland CEO Angela Midgen. Read more »

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War on cats: 2,000,000 to be killed by 2020

You cat lovers can breath a sigh of relief – it’s in Australia.  For now.

The Washington Post reports

The Australian government announced plans to cull up to 2 million feral cats by 2020 in a bid to preserve dozens of native species that authorities claim face extinction because of the cats’ predatory behavior.

Speaking to a national radio station, Gregory Andrews, the country’s first threatened-species Commissioner, said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt “is declaring war on feral cats, and he’s asked me to take charge of that program.”

Hunt unveiled the five-year plan at a Melbourne zoo on Thursday, vowing to protect Australia’s native mammal and bird populations.

“We are drawing a line in the sand today which says, ‘On our watch, in our time, no more species extinction,'” Hunt said.

A line in the Australian sand.  No. More. Cats.

In fact, 2 million less of them.   Read more »

Face of the day

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Prime Minister John Key has calmed fears his government could enforce a strict two-cat-per-household limit, amid fears the popular pets are killing off the nation’s wildlife – including their iconic kiwi bird.

Mr Key, a cat lover himself, also poured cold water on the suggestion that New Zealand, which has the highest rate of cat ownership in the world, would kill all feral cats.

…The government’s Conservation Minister, Maggie Barry, had called for extreme measures to protect New Zealand’s precious wildlife.

Forty per cent of New Zealand’s native land-bird species are extinct and 37 per cent of the remaining species are endangered.

And Ms Barry warned an excessive number of cats were putting the nation’s symbol, the flightless kiwi, at risk.

It is feared the endangered animal, which has become synonymous with the country, risks extinction within two generations.

…Mr Key waded into the row, claiming his administration weren’t “going to limit the number of cats people can own.”He added that Ms Barry suggestion was a personal view rather than official policy.

Mr Key’s own cat, Moonbeam, has even been dragged into the debate, with Ms Barry commending the Prime Minister for locking up his cat.

Mr Key, who previously mentioned that his cat loved him “unconditionally”, said he would be advising Moonbeam “to stay away from [animal charity] SPCA if they were to follow Ms Barry’s instructions.”

-express.co.uk

Damn cats are dominating the news. Just kill them already

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Story one:

Woodville’s claws were out and cat-trappers called it quits after offensive notes were left in letterboxes and personal jibes were posted over social media.

The Tararua town’s feline problem came to the fore after the SPCA fielded several complaints of wild cats annoying residents and reproducing on people’s properties.

Woodville District Vision, the town’s community board, set about fixing the problem by trapping the wild felines and euthanising them.

Community board chairwoman Robin Winter said one resident called for help after feeding more than 30 cats near her property, which made them her responsibility.

The cats were left by their owners, who had either died or moved away, she said.

With residents’ assistance, volunteers trapped and took wild cats to be euthanised.

But the volunteer trappers have quit after being taunted over social media and receiving notes in their letterboxes.

“The reality is they were being talked about as if they were murderers,” Winter said.

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No love for cats up the Kaipara

Looks like one of Gareth Morgan’s hit squads is active north of Auckland

Supplied / via NZ Herald

Supplied / via NZ Herald

Several gruesome dead cats have been found this week draped over the rail guard and fences near the main road leading to Tapora, east of Kaipara Harbour, disturbing the residents of the small community.

“It’s really horrible, it gave me and my mum a real shock,” said local Kim Powley, 19.

“We were driving on our way to Tapora, and a small black cat was hung over a guard rail. We were shocked but assumed that maybe someone hit it and put it there, so the owners would know what happened to it.

“But about one kilometre from entering Tapora, another cat, black as well, was hung in the same way from a farmer’s fence. This road is a school bus route and these animals were on display for all to see. We were disgusted, as obviously it was no coincidence.”

Dealing to a feral cat problem is one thing, but hanging them over fences isn’t going to keep the locals on board.   Read more »

Gareth Morgan on fire today, now he is smacking up the SPCA

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Gareth Morgan has said two sensible things today. First he smashed up the anti-progress green taliban and now he is smashing up the SPCA.

Bird breeder Gavin Wilkinson who humanely trapped a wandering cat that was killing his chickens, is to be applauded for destroying the cat, (See this 3 News Article http://goo.gl/qKTmR ).

We have a terrible hole in our legislation around wandering pets that do damage to our wildlife, destroy other people’s pets when they invade, and spread disease. The SPCA’s stance on defending the rights of cats to wander, kill, and spread disease is inexcusable and those truly concerned about cruelty need to demand that the SPCA returns to its core business – preventing cruelty, not championing Bob Kerridge and his unconditional love affair with cats.

On this matter of wandering cats causing mayhem, politicians are showing their normal cowardice and need to stand up and acknowledge that the law is an ass, people are having to take matters into their own hands and destroy cats that are out of control. 90% of cat owners are totally responsible and acknowledge their cats should be confined, but the 10% who are not, together with Bob Kerridge and this sad SPCA outfit need to be called to order. Their behaviour is not acceptable in a country that values private property rights and the rights of our wildlife not to be slaughtered. If these politicians don’t stand up and be counted then of course vigilante-type action will increase. It is a direct result of political negligence.  Read more »

You read it here first, now the SPCA are outraged

The other day I blogged about a guy who had found a good use for a cat. He was selling its skin on Trade Me.

Now, predictably, someone, the SPCA is outraged by it.

The SPCA says it’s disgusted by a man’s decision to kill a cat, skin it and list it on Trade Me.

The seller says he shot the cat humanely after he saw it killing chickens on his property, but the SPCA says the man could face prosecution.

Bird breeder Gavin Wilkinson says the cat was responsible for killing 10 of his birds, so he trapped it and shot it in the head.

“This one was taking my baby chickens, probably about two a day, day after day,” he says. “I watched it and made sure it was a feral cat, and I put the cage out there and caught him.”  Read more »

Finally a good use for a cat

Someone has finally found a good use for a cat…and they are selling it on Trade Me.

It is good to see people really trying hard to come up with good uses for cats other than slaughtering wildlife.

Top marks to this seller for his enterprise.  Read more »

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Something for Gareth Morgan to pour his money into

Gareth Morgan has clearly given up on saving penguins. He is intent on spending money on killing cats.

I have found a great investment for him and his Kiwisaver account to invest in:

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