The Banning of the Predator, the House Cat

ImageIn New Zealand, there is man named Gareth Morgan.    He is an environmental advocate who set out a mission to launch a campaign to have cats banned as pets. Morgan has went as far as setting up a website called catstogo.com, his main slogan on his website is “that little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer.”

Morgan relays the point that New Zealand is the last refuge of a huge range of bird species, and cats are said to be the main killers of these birds and all other animals around there. The city of Kiwi, New Zealand has at least one to two cats in almost half of every households, which makes it the world’s largest city of cat owners. The people of Kiwi has the largest cat population with 1.4 million in New Zealand.

Morgan has also reported that these cats have assisted to the extinction of 9 native bird species, cat’s impact on 33 endangered native bird species and out of 100% of native birds, 40% are already extinct, 37% of them are endangered due to cats.

Also helping Morgans case, The average cat brings home 13 pieces of prey each year, “The fact is that cats kill on instinct, not because they need to eat, it is one of their most pleasurable activities. In one study, six cats were presented with a live small rat while eating their preferred food. All six cats stopped eating the food, killed the rat, and then resumed eating their food.” Morgan therefore wants fewer cats in the country. He says feline pets should be registered, kept inside, neutered, and not replaced when they die.

Yet, within all of this there are still plenty who do not agree, The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Bob Kerridge was very blunt, telling local TV: “I say to Gareth Morgan, butt out of our lives.” Also he added, “Don’t deprive us of the beautiful companionship that a cat can provide individually and as a family.”

So the thought right now, is the cats will be banished from New Zealand in time to come. It may take a few years for them to let the cats die out, but that is what they are planning to do. The people of New Zealanders are willing to anything to protect their flightless native birds. Drastic and wild decisions, but will work for them.

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