posted on Feb, 3 2013 @ 12:50 AM
Conservation campaigner Gareth Morgan has claimed that New Zealand's domestic cats are a menace to wildlife, and should be strictly controlled.
He makes the point that many New Zealand species are being driven to extinction by domestic cats. He suggests that in the same was as dogs should be
leashed, cats should only be allowed to exist if they are confined.
Last week Gareth Morgan, an economist and conservation campaigner, called for cats to be confined or eradicated from his native New Zealand to
protect the wildlife.
Originally there were no predators here, but we now have an enormous number of species that were introduced when the settlers came – weasels,
stoats, ferrets, rats, mice and cats and dogs. And increasing numbers of our endemic species are driven to extinction, particularly ground-restricted
For me, it's all cats. I would love New Zealand to have no predators at all. Well, that's a bit extreme – what I mean is no non-confined predators.
I'm fine with dogs on leashes. I'm happy with cats as long as they're confined. Our cat population is exploding, and it is ferals and strays who are
free to roam.
I don't know. I can see both sides of this issue. Apparently feral cats are killing a large number of native animals. Confining all cats does seem a
bit drastic though.
Gareth Morgan continues, arguing that cats that are not chipped should be euthanized, offering to pay a $5 bounty for every cat trapped.
That would be an understatement. I've been on television for the last two nights talking about the SPCA [New Zealand's Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals] – they've been doing trap-neuter-release of stray cats.
They're euthanising fewer and fewer cats, and releasing more into the free-to-range environment, and they're building up the colonies. They say it
doesn't matter because the cats are neutered, and my response is that they are not neutering enough to cap the population growth.
I've offered them a $5 bounty per cat if they trap wandering cats and, if it is found to have no owner – if they're not chipped – then I want them
to euthanise those cats, not release them into the wild.
Gareth Morgan makes the point: "Do we wait until all our endemic species are extinct and then wonder what we've done?"
New Zealand has the highest rate of cat ownership in the world.
edit on 3-2-2013 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)