The thin edge of the wedge

April 17th, 2006 at 8:40 am by David Farrar

First they wanted to micro-chip the dogs …

Then they wanted to micro-chip the cats

Then they wanted to “euthanise” cats found without micro-chips

Then they wanted to have a one cat limit per household

Then ….

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30 Responses to “The thin edge of the wedge”

  1. dave () says:

    There was someone on NatRad on Saturday talking about old capping stunts, one of them a hoax whereby hundreds of letters were delivered in Wellington on council letterhead, saying cats henceforth must be registered and unregistered cats would be destroyed.

    I think I might try on a hoax like that, it would be a hoot.

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  2. Murray () says:

    This was started by one loan nut who clearly has personal mental problem that is based on a pathalogical fear/hate of cats.

    According to him cats are “running rampant” of over his area and “wrecking the neighbourhood”.

    Of course the tree huggers have jumped on the chance to destroy these “predators” for the sake of the native birds in our suburbs. Which currently number bugger all.

    Exactly how cats are “wrecking the neighbourhood” has not been explained but it is clear that his agenda is to have any cat found outside its home fence line killed. Since he has made no mention of any other domestic animal – dogs, sheep, cows, pigs, rats, ferrets, weasles, stoats, possums, small furry creatures from Alpha Centuari it’s clear he’s just a sad bitter cat hating felineopath.

    And if the wont somebody thing of the natives crowd were serious they’d be going after the weasles, ferrets and stoats first. They survive better in the wild and do more damage to the egg laying cycle.

    Working for the wildlife service coloured my judgement in this of course but lets not let the facts get in the way of our cat persecution. With luck we can drag oursleves back to when cats were thought of as demons and we can have a jolly old time time flinging them from from church steeples.

    The only sure way to save the natives is remove all the predators. Starting with people. Right everyone, back to Britain or Taiwan.

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  3. brian_smaller () says:

    One cat per household? Sheesh, we have enough here for a decent sized full length coat.

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  4. Juha () says:

    If the enviro-botherers really wanted to do some good, they should campaign against petrol lawnmowers that contribute significantly to the air and noise pollution in NZ.

    More trees but fewer lawns and golf courses! Hmm… wonder if that’s a campaignable platform?

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  5. krimsonlake () says:

    “Spokesman Ray Spring said cat owners should be limited to one animal and be required to microchip and register their cats, keep them on their sections and inside at night.”

    I take it this person has never owned a cat. I wish him luck in getting one and keeping it within the property. A dome covering his section might work, or electrified fences.

    I also wish him luck in getting his cat inside for the night if the cat doesn’t want to comply. I’m already picturing him trespassing on others property screaming wildly because the cat just won’t listen and happens to be faster than him.

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  6. side show bob () says:

    We have 5 cats and the kids love them to death. Without our team of cats we would be overun with vermin as they try to get in the house before winter. Every morning we find 1 or 2 mice on the deck.
    And no I will not be getting our cats chipped, like our dogs these are working cats.

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  7. K1 () says:

    Juha, but wouldn’t we then see an increase in sheep and goats (for grass control)? Wonder if there’d be calls to microchip them? :)

    And less of the “enviro-botherer” generalising if you don’t mind – I have a healthy concern for the sensible long-term management of our environmental assets, but like many (most?) think that this proposal is utter lunacy. Good luck getting my cat to a) stay inside at night, b) stay on the property. I’d get no sleep.

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  8. Rick () says:

    I have a copy of the Newstalk Zb podcast interview with the antifelix on my blog here, and he really is a mad man.

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  9. burt () says:

    Once they are finished with dogs and cats it’s babies next. Line em up people, get your $400 chip implanted today !

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  10. Pete () says:

    Who’s They?

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  11. George () says:

    Our cat has never killed a native bird. He does do a good job at keeping down the rat/mouse population around our property though. We regurlly get “presents” from him. I’d say having him roaming free is doing more good than harm.

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  12. burt () says:

    George – It’s a big claim that your cat has never killed a native bird. Cat’s are rampant killers, their predatory abilities are hard to comprehend.

    Having lived near a bush reserve and walked in it frequently I was always stunned to see how many neighbourhood cats were feasting on the bird life substantial distances from their own homes. The mice you cat brings home are gifts for you, your cat has already had it

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  13. Juha () says:

    K1: I know sheep are the first things that spring to the Kiwi mind when it comes to thinking of solutions :p, but in this case, why not use manual mowers? They’re quiet and provide a good dose of exercise combined with utility.

    Enviro-botherers are those blinkered people who drive around with “GM Free NZ” stickers on their old dungers that pollute lots more than new vehicles. Wouldn’t be surprised if they use petrol mowers as well.

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  14. mj () says:

    Cats will kill anything.We have two at the moment and when the murderous beasts expire they wont be replaced.I love my cats to bits but the murdering little darlings really do have a huge impact on birds,lizards,geckos frogs and native insects.I think the chipping of dogs/cats is way overdue simply because although they bring an awful lot of pleasure to me and many others the control of them is poor.Chip the lot of them,no chip=euthanasia.No rehoming,no animal rescue,no animal shelters,mandatory de sexing, exceptions for registered stud animals only.When it cost hundreds of dollars to own an animal the dog/cat problems will disappear.
    Just my two cents worth.

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  15. Whig () says:

    Anyone attempting to “chip” my cat will do so over my dead body.

    Get these fucking fascists away from my pet.

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  16. George () says:

    Burt, my cat always brings in what ever he catches to show us. He is very very well fed so would not actually eat what he catches. He’s never attempted to do that. He’s just trying to contibute to our house’s food. I’d say the reason why he’s never killed a native bird is because we don’t have any living around our house. I know it sounds like a big claim to say he’s never killed a native bird, but I’m 99% sure he hasn’t. If he had, he would have brought it in to show us.

    Anyway, my point is that he causes more good than harm when he’s out roaming by getting rats and mice.

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  17. cartman () says:

    Murray: “Of course the tree huggers have jumped on the chance to destroy these “predators” for the sake of the native birds in our suburbs. Which currently number bugger all.”

    well. duh.

    our cat catches everything that moves that is smaller than itself: rats, mice, geckos, magpies, sparrows, tuis, fantails – it’s very indiscriminating, and very lethal. If it could get its claws into a nice weka or kaka, I’m sure it’d jump at the opportunity.

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  18. Brian Smaller () says:

    You people obviously don’t feed your cats enough decent food. Ours are so lazy that they let birds eat from their ‘outside’ food bowls. Occasionally they get up and make a half hearted trot towards the birds when they think another neighbourhood cat may be watching and they need to keep some street cred.

    Now the real question is: You ever tried to catch a cat outside that doesn’t want to be caught? How in the hell will anyone be able to scan the chip unless they are picking up a cat that has gotten itself flattened on the road?

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  19. mj () says:

    Brian,um,.22 short should do it.

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  20. brian_smaller () says:

    mj – Absolutely, and I have cuaght more than a few over the years that way myself. The old coke bottle on the end of the .22 also makes a damn good silencer.

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  21. iiq374 () says:

    Any person who believes that their cat kills nothing and/or brings them everything they kill is deluding themselves – and are the reason this deluded plan has any legs at all.

    Back in New Plymouth we used to have the lasiest, fattest cat you have seen (excluding the internet ;-> ), and yet it still regularly killed and brought home many (headless) birds and mice. Being the person mowing the lawns I can also tell you it left plenty around that it did not eat nor bring home.

    And unless you are living in an area with NO trees then you might be surprised at what native birds do fly through your area. Over the weekend I was damn surprised to see a wood pidgeon in our back yard (now Mt Wellington,Auckland).

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  22. DJ () says:

    Any one know where this Ray Spring lives? Lets release strays into his property and watch him run around trying to catch them. Shit that would be funny.

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  23. DJ () says:

    Any one know where this Ray Spring lives? Lets release strays into his property and watch him run around trying to catch them. Shit that would be funny.

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  24. I heart cats () says:

    Ray Spring 17 Huntsbury Ave, St Martins. Ph. 981-9214.

    But don’t release cats there, cos he will harm them – I’m sure you will think of something more creative. :)

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  25. I heart cats () says:

    Ray Spring 17 Huntsbury Ave, St Martins. Ph. 981-9214.

    But don’t release cats there, cos he will harm them – I’m sure you will think of something more creative. :)

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  26. I heart cats () says:

    Ray Spring 17 Huntsbury Ave, St Martins. Ph. 981-9214.

    But don’t release cats there, cos he will harm them – I’m sure you will think of something more creative. :)

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  27. I heart cats () says:

    Ray Spring 17 Huntsbury Ave, St Martins. Ph. 981-9214.

    But don’t release cats there, cos he will harm them – I’m sure you will think of something more creative. :)

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  28. legod () says:

    Aha. Cat owners.

    They are perhaps among the most stubbornly ignorant and selfish people in the community, as many of the above comments (probably made by hysterical cat lovers) prove.

    It never ceases to amaze me how cat owners seem to have a 6th sense (ie – they know what their cat gets up to 24/7). Comments such as “Our cat has never killed a native bird”, make me laugh. Of course, it’s never the owner’s cat that’s the problem, is it? It must always be someone else’s cat that is causing the problem.

    And there’s absolutely no point in arguing with a cat owner because they will never see your point of view, and never admit to the fact that they don’t wish to take responsibility for their animal.

    That responsibility would involve ensuring that your animal does not roam onto other people’s property and be a nuisance. It would involve cleaning up your cat’s faeces from other people’s lawns and gardens, and ensuring that they do not become a health hazard and pose a risk to other neighbour’s animals.

    But no. All of the above is far too hard a task for the average cat owner.

    Comments such as “good luck keeping my cat indoors” are really just an excuse for laziness. If you can’t control your animal, then don’t have it. Why should others have to put up with it? There are plenty of responsible owners (believe it or not) who never let their cat out at all because they are being considerate. Build a cattery or cat-proof your fence to stop it escaping, but don’t just shrug your shoulders and say too bad.

    This guy in Chch is onto something here but he faces an uphill struggle, simply because of the sheer numbers of hysterical cat lovers who have very little consideration for other people, the environment and the local ecosystem.
    It’s not an issue of whether one likes or hates cats. It’s an issue of taking responsibility for the action of your PET (note – I say pet as the domestic cat is not a wild animal).

    I find it hard to believe that many cat owners call themselves animal lovers when they are blissfully ignorant of the pain and suffering their pet inflicts on local wildlife.

    Oh – and “I heart cats” above. You seem to have some pathetic vigilante agenda on the go there by giving out Ray Spring’s details. Try not to be a complete imbicile all your life.

    Oh – and before some idiot calls me a cat hater as I’ve no doubt someone will, I’m far from it. I love animals but I just wish people would be more responsible about owning them. How hard can it be?

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  29. Insolent Prick () says:

    Cats are evil. I don’t give a shit if they eat native birds. Birds are evil, too.

    The only excuse a person has to keep a cat is to under-feed it so that it eats all the mice. Otherwise, I think we should have a live-cat export scheme to Vietnam.

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  30. Psycho Milt () says:

    Insolent Prick is right – cats are evil. Bad motherfuckers in fact. And most of them are way cooler than me. Most likely we would ship them off to Vietnam if we had any sense. They do a good number on your mice though.

    I haven’t had a cat yet that crapped on my lawn and left it there for me to step on – perhaps the neighbourhood cats are giving you a message, legod…

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