Will Gareth Morgan be the top bidder?

via Bay of Plenty Times

via Bay of Plenty Times

The online sale of a cat that has been stuffed and turned into a rug has upset animal advocates who say the auction is disturbing and in bad taste.

The ginger tabby is being sold online as a “great little gift for the mancave”. Bids close tonight.

Tauranga taxidermist Andrew Lancaster found the large male cat on the side of the Napier and Taupo highway, on the way back from a concert last month.

“I thought ‘that’s a pretty nice looking cat’, did a U-turn and picked it up,” he said.

Mr Lancaster thought the cat must have been “run straight over” as there was no broken skin, but bruising inside, he said. Since the cat was listed, interest in it “has gone ballistic”.

“There’s been about 2500 views. I usually get 100 views a week on some of my other items,” he said.

Gareth should be taking notes.  There is obviously demand for this sort of product.  So the more cat rugs he can put on TradeMe, the less cats there are out there killing birds.

Mr Lancaster also had some more “unique” creations in his collection at his Kaimai’s home – such as a possum-headed chicken with vampire teeth or a small bird with the head of a child’s doll.

The UK-expat said he did not know who bought his work or why but he enjoyed creating them, despite online backlash which included being called “you sicko” or being told “hope this happens to you”.

Well, being a Sicko hasn’t stopped Gareth either, so let’s see where he takes this concept!


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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