Cats

Just drown the little fluff balls

Apparently there is a kitten problem in Marlborough:

Kittens in soggy cardboard boxes are being dumped in unprecedented numbers and SPCA Marlborough is struggling to cope.

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This is what happens when you put cats into the public service

I’m not surprised that the mouser at Number 10 isn’t working out.

It’s well known among feline fanatics that Larry the cat is not the best mouser out there.

Number 10 insiders have said in the past that he has been happy to snooze as mice scurry past his nose.   Read more »

Get ready for the Council Cat Gestapo

It’s only a matter of time, but once the council get their hands on registration, policing and enforcement, you can add a whole new income source and white coated pointy hat brigade.

New Zealand should follow Australia’s lead and adopt cat curfews, a group campaigning for tougher cat control laws says.

Across Australia councils are introducing strict laws cracking down on roaming cats in an attempt to stop them killing native animals.

Control measures include compulsory micro-chipping, desexing, household cat limits and curfews.

Victoria’s Yarra Range Council has gone as far as introducing a 24 hour cat curfew, meaning residents must keep their cats on their property at all times.

The controls are being introduced based on research showing that cats roam significant distances at night, making them a threat to native wildlife.

Morgan Foundation general manager Jessi Morgan said the New Zealand Government needed to make it easier for local authorities to introduce similar cat control measures.

The Morgan Foundation is a New Zealand think tank founded by anti cat campaigner and wealthy philanthropist Gareth Morgan. Read more »

Time to jump the shark

When I joined WO as a volunteer I asked Cam for the major dos and don’ts.  He gave me some.  And then added

And NO f______ cat pictures!

It’s been a standing joke ever since.  Even to the point where one year I was going to lock him out of his own blog and exclusively run cat pictures for the morning of April 1st.  Sadly, I didn’t have the bottle to carry out my nefarious plan.  And now that I have the courage, the joke’s already known.

So how else can I push this any further?  Have I reached peak-cat?

I don’t think so.   Not yet.   This has to be my best shot at it yet:   Read more »

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Photo of the Day

The diary of Tanya Savicheva, a girl of 11, her notes about starvation and deaths of her sister, then grandmother, then brother, then uncle, then another uncle, then mother. The last three notes say “Savichevs died”, “Everyone died” and “Only Tanya is left.” She died of progressive dystrophy shortly after the siege. Her diary was shown at the Nuremberg trials.

The Siege of Leningrad

When Germans encircled Leningrad they planned to quickly freeze and starve the city. They had no idea the devastation and horror that the people of Leningrad would be willing to endure without ever giving in. The siege is one of the longest in history and one of the deadliest as well.

Leningrad, the old imperial capital, was the most beautiful city in Russia and had for centuries been her cultural heartland. Founded as Czar Peter the Great’s window on the West, it had known many agonies throughout its turbulent history, but in 1941 geography and pragmatic military strategy would see Leningrad engulfed in a tragedy unparalleled in modern history.

With most of Europe already under the heel of Nazi Germany, Hitler turned his attention eastward toward the vast expanse of the Soviet Union and on the morning of June 22, 1941, launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. Spearheaded by three Army groups, German forces stormed across the Russian frontier and completely overwhelmed the Red Army units in their path. With clinical precision, the world’s largest army was being systematically annihilated and, after just 18 days of fighting, the Russians had lost over three million men, 6,000 tanks, and most of their aircraft.

Germany and her allies attempted to strangle the life out of the historic Soviet city of Leningrad – the heart of the Russian Revolution

It would be no exaggeration to say that the family of every native citizen of St. Petersburg was touched by the blockade, which lasted almost 900 days, from September, 1941 to January, 1944. During that time nearly a third of the population at the siege’s beginning, starved to death. Roughly one in three. Many of them in the streets.

Few people outside realised what the siege was like. For years afterwards Stalin kept people in the dark. Deaths were underestimated. Its party leaders were purged. For decades, details of the blockade have been little known in the West. Stalin suppressed the facts of the siege and twisted its history.

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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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Face of the day

 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.

www.independent.co.uk564 × 423Search by image Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan says taking pictures is prohibited (MEMRI)

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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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