Felines

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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Have they checked the local takeaway?

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Apparently there is a cat killer on the loose in Suffolk.

Have they checked the local takeaway?

Anyone seen Gareth Morgan lately?

It is the backdrop for Charles Dickens’ first novel and has inspired many of William Gainsborough’s idyllic countryside scenes.

But Ipswich residents are now living in fear that a mass cat killer is on the loose after reports that more than a hundred pets have mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

Police said they are investigating the matter, which has caused distress among cat-owners, many of whom now refuse to let their pets go out at night for fear they will be attacked.   Read more »

So, start putting them down

No one wants cats, except crazy cat ladies, evil little creatures that they are…so much so that the SPCA is over run with unwanted cats.

The cat population at Auckland SPCA has reached critical levels and families willing to adopt pets are urgently needed.  Read more »

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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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 »

Feral Cats: A solution designed by liberal elite pussy lovers

A reader emailed me this article about a possible solution for feral cats:

Treasured for its storied collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, esplanades and soaring fountain, Florida Southern College is making room for six more structures inspired by the famed architect.

These new structures will be small — only about 5 feet high and 3 feet wide. Unlike other Wright designs, they are not meant for humans.

Rather, the six domiciles built mostly of custom-made concrete blocks will provide shelter for almost 100 feral cats living on the Lakeland campus.

It would be incorrect to call them cat houses, college officials say. The preferred terminology is cat cafe, a place where the wayward felines can kick back for a drink and some chow.

The cafes, designed by a New York architectural firm that has done renovation work on several Wright buildings at FSC, will double as shelter. The Alpha Chi Omega sorority will supply food and watch over the cats in partnership with SPCA of Florida as part of its commitment to control Polk County’s feral cat problem.

“We think it’s good for the community,” said Terry Dennis, FSC’s vice president of operations, who is working with Rodda Construction Inc. to build the cafes designed by Jeff Baker of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects of Albany, N.Y.  Read more »

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The deadly cuddly kitty

Gareth Morgan may be onto something as more evidence emerges of those natural born killers called cats:

For all the adorable images of cats that play the piano, flush the toilet, mew melodiously and find their way back home over hundreds of miles, scientists have identified a shocking new truth: cats are far deadlier than anyone realized.

In report that scaled up local surveys and pilot studies to national dimensions, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that domestic cats in the United States — both the pet Fluffies that spend part of the day outdoors and the unnamed strays and ferals that never leave it — kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, most of them native mammals like shrews, chipmunks and voles rather than introduced pests like the Norway rat.  Read more »

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A nice cat, owned by a commenter

Regular commenter, long time reader and full member of the Whale Army Lesley emails…apparently not only does she read the blog, but so does her cat!

Time you had a photo of a good cat. She can’t bear to look at the bad cats on your blog post. She loves us. She probably would love Gareth Morgan too – and you!

She doesn’t like fresh meat. She tends to chase leaves and the birds chase her.

Cheers Lesley

Zeezee good cat

 

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Responsible Cat Owners?

Some people seem to be taking Gareth Morgan’s cat-pocalypse to heart. This photo was sent in via the tipline:

Hi

Just had breakfast with a friend at Cafe @ Vicky One – top of Victoria Ave. A couple arrived with 2 doll’s prams with a Burman cat in each – netting over the prams so that they couldn’t escape. The owners said that they can’t let them out of their apartment  (although they have them on Waiheke quite a lot) so bought these doll’s prams so that the cats could get out of the apartment when they take them for a walk!!!!!!

How’s that?

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Wel…where do you start…I reckon it is gay…though they would find it hard to swim with all that netting keeping them in.  Read more »

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