Cat Crossbow shooter given slap by wet bus ticket

March 10th, 2009 at 8:57 am by David Farrar

Like the SPCA I am appalled:

The is considering appealing against the sentence of a man fined just $500 for shooting a cat with a crossbow, inflicting fatal injuries.

Peter James Cooksley, 48, pleaded guilty to wilful ill-treatment under the Animal Welfare Act after admitting that he shot the cat because it ate a chicken off his kitchen bench and sprayed urine on his stereo speaker.

Frankly I doubt the cat did either of those things, but regardless what sort of person actually uses a crossbow on a cat.

The charge admitted by Mr Cooksley carries a maximum penalty of up to three years’ jail or a fine of up to $50,000.

Judge Charles Blackie yesterday fined Mr Cooksley $500 plus court costs of $130 and prosecution and veterinary costs of $888.58 in the Manukau District Court.

$500 is a joke.

David Lloyd-Barker, general manager of the Auckland SPCA, said: “We are considering appealing against the decision. We’re disappointed considering the severity of what this animal suffered. But at the end of the day, that is what the judge decided.”

Mr Lloyd-Barker said a request for the crossbow to be destroyed was ignored, so Mr Cooksley has asked for the weapon to be returned to him.

If he ever uses the crossbow again against domestic animals, he should be sent to prison. Bad enough he got the crossbow back.

I detest animal sadists.

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88 Responses to “Cat Crossbow shooter given slap by wet bus ticket”

  1. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Crossbows are banned in heaps of countries.

    They are deadly accurate and powerful. Silent, and concealable.

    Potential owners also seem to be very weird.

    That creep needs to do custodial, and weapon(s) confiscated, and a minimum $5000 fine. Should be more like $15k!!

    The prison term needs to be taken in amongst feline loving in-mates.

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  2. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    I agree Glutes, the two crossbow owners I know are seriously odd. Picture the movie “Deliverance”, hillbillys & hayseeds.

    As a cat hater, I am struggling with this…….LOL

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  3. MT_Tinman (3,187 comments) says:

    I too am appalled.

    A man shoots a pest trespassing on his property, one of the worst pests in New Zealand at that and instead of being held up as a fine example he is prosecuted.

    What a shame this incident wasn’t used to demonstrate to cat owners that they MUST keep their bloody pests on their own bloody property.

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  4. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    I beg to differ. Cats are notorious for stealing food from the bench – and, if the cat is an unneutered tom, it may well spray to mark territory , including on the radio.

    In saying that, this guy was quite wrong to do what he did.

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  5. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    MT

    I have no issue with you disliking cats nor do I have an issue with the low life scum Peter James Cooksley disliking cats however that does not give him the right to torture these poor animals.

    Shoo the things off our property, get a dog (I am happy to loan you one of mine for a few days) but you cannot excuse animal abuse simply because the cat supposedly pissed on one of his speakers.

    No doubt Peter James Cooksley is a pathetic figure who gets his jollies by torturing animals, I wish the man nothing but ill health and the very worst of luck, certainly if I ever witnessed the prick ill treating an animal he would suffer an immediate and severe downturn in his general well being.

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  6. senzafine (455 comments) says:

    I’m with Tinman. Cats are a pest whom are decimating our native bird and lizard population. Whilst i do not agree with using a crossbow on the bloody thing, I have no issue with a swift chop to the back of the neck of errant cats. Or returning the cat to its owner with a stern warning that this will be the first, and last time.

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  7. Nigel (516 comments) says:

    Given cats cause so much damage to our indigenous birds including near extinction of kakapo and southern New Zealand dotterel, I think he should get a medal personally.
    Being slightly more serious, he killed a cat, stupid maybe, but surely in a world facing a major economic crisis with issues as serious as cancer and the like, the killing of a cat is hardly the crime of the century.

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  8. michaelNZ (1,091 comments) says:

    This isn’t so hairy really.
    Two adult males were given 300hrs community service in Queenstown last month.
    What did they do?
    They planned and executed a burglary to steal $20,000.
    but because they failed! the Judge took pity on them and they got slapped with a wet bus ticket.
    One got too hot so he removed his mask and was captured on film

    Adults conspiring and executing criminal acts.
    They wonder why many people think ill of the law.

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  9. goodgod (1,348 comments) says:

    Having had to dispatch cats that entered my home uninvited a few times I would suggest that a crossbow is fast and clean compared to the methods a bloke has armed with just his bare hands – or whatever is laying around the house. I doubt the cat would have suffered much at all.

    How the hell does one person, let alone a judge or a court, take the word of a dead cat over another human? Fuck me – that’s antropomorphism if ever I saw it. What is that rubbish even doing in court? Has Taito been tried yet? Oh wait, we have to get the cat murder cases out the way first. :roll:

    I own a cat myself, well, the missus does, and these other cats were coming into the house to fight it in the middle of the night. If my cat did that to someone else, then I’d be quite happy with their dispatching it. Dogs aren’t allowed to roam like that, but there are no laws to restrain cats – you can’t shackle them to a tree – and plenty to protect them so it is an invasion of privacy and property without recourse.

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  10. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    No, the way to get rid of pesky cats is rid-rat and some steak. Seriously though, if a dog strays onto a farm a farmer can shoot it no questions asked. Why should a home and a cat be any different? That guy in Ashhurst with the flower nursery kills cats with one of those yellow possum traps. BTW – I have six cats so am not a cat hater at all.

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  11. MT_Tinman (3,187 comments) says:

    BB, according to the story Cooksley didn’t torture the pest, he shot the bloody thing.

    The cat suffered no more, almost certainly less, than the myriad of birds the scumbag cowardly pest has murdered by torture over it’s life span.

    I don’t have a lot of sympathy for mistreaters of innocent animals but cats are not innocent nor sympathetic in any way and the sooner cat owners are held responsible for their pests disgusting misdeeds the better.

    The RSPCA of this story are, of course, the same scum who have been reported repairing possums and rabbits and returning them to the wild so they can breed and do even more damage to NZ.

    They have nil credibility.

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  12. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    So a dog comes into a house, nicks food from the bench, and pisses into a speaker.

    Still OK to crossbow the animal?

    Might be a street mut, or a field trial champion, or some families much loved pet that was errant for the first time ever?

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  13. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I doubt the cat would have suffered much at all.

    It took a few hours to die by the sounds.

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  14. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    This guy should have got 6 months. Cruelty to animals is one crime that should almost always result in a custodial sentence imo.

    Hopefully the poor animal died instantly and didn’t suffer.

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  15. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Ah, now I’ve read the actual article, I see the cat did suffer. Definitely should have got custodial.

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  16. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    The bigger picture is the Crossbow nutters have a tendency to move from killing cats to bigger and nastier crimes.

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  17. andrei (2,657 comments) says:

    The bigger picture is the Crossbow nutters have a tendency to move from killing cats to bigger and nastier crimes.

    Indeed yes “crossbow nutters” are a significant social problem I’m surprised nobody has tagged it before now.

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  18. David in Chch (519 comments) says:

    What one also needs to take into account in all of this is that people who treat animals poorly tend to treat humans in the same way. So while I am not a cat lover (or hater), this sort of behaviour on the part of this individual is not good!

    P.S. I just use a spray of water to keep the local cats at bay. Tends to work well and no harm either way. Sort of my own way to mark my territory. :-)

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  19. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Anyone seen the Sky News report about the Chinese ‘Cat Food’ Restaurants in Guang Dong?

    Fricking hillarious. Really. A bunch of handwringing Western Press wonks running around in China ‘exposing’ the cat meat market, thats just, um, like Dogs in Korea (and Aotearoa by accounts I’ve heard), Horse in France, Kanga’s in AU, Guinea Pigs in Peru.

    Watched it while I had lunch.

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  20. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    OECD beat me to it! You dog.

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  21. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Cats are a gateway food GM.

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  22. goodgod (1,348 comments) says:

    What one also needs to take into account in all of this is that people who treat animals poorly tend to treat humans in the same way. So while I am not a cat lover (or hater), this sort of behaviour on the part of this individual is not good!

    P.S. I just use a spray of water to keep the local cats at bay. Tends to work well and no harm either way. Sort of my own way to mark my territory.

    you’re damn right I’d kick the ass of any intruder who beat up on my family at 4:30am! I can just imagine you standing in the hall as Basher McDuff comes through the front door and you greet him with a bowl of cat biscuits and a water pistol.

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  23. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    expat

    You find animal cruelty “Fricking hillarious.”????

    What a sick fuck you must be.

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  24. David in Chch (519 comments) says:

    GG. We aren’t talking about a violent home invasion here! We are talking about a damned cat just trying to expand its hunting territory when some dork leaves chicken out on his kitchen bench!

    Get some perspective.

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  25. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    … some dork leaves chicken out on his kitchen bench.

    Which section of the Crimes Act forbids preparing food in one’s own home?

    Any cat on my property gets sent off with a)the dog on its tail, b) a swift kick if I am near enough and c)a handful of the nearest missile. If people want to own cats, then they can take ownership and responsibility seriously and confine their confounded animals.

    Time the the government to get serious about controlling cat owners! register them. Microchip them!

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  26. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    BB- FU. read the post “Anyone seen the Sky News report about the Chinese ‘Cat Food’ Restaurants in Guang Dong?

    Fricking hillarious. Really. A bunch of handwringing Western Press wonks running around in China ‘exposing’ the cat meat market, thats just, um, like Dogs in Korea (and Aotearoa by accounts I’ve heard), Horse in France, Kanga’s in AU, Guinea Pigs in Peru.

    Watched it while I had lunch.”

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  27. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    to be fair BB I cant see where he’s lauging at animal cruelty ? just lauging at the western media saying its only ok to eat what we eat.
    I’ve had a few trips to china and other parts of asia and Ive eaten ALL the local foods – I’m an animal lover – its just that I love some with sauce

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  28. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    hot spicy sauce with gamey animules.

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  29. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    otherwise I tend to be a little bit sick, its the taste of game.

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  30. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    finished cooking a venison casserole last night with red onion, balsamic, garlic and red wine. reheat and put the vegies tonight and having it with mashed potatoes – yum

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  31. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    toad (804) Vote: 3 2 Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 9:53 am
    “This guy should have got 6 months. Cruelty to animals is one crime that should almost always result in a custodial sentence imo.”

    I agree on tough sentencing for people who are cruel to animals, as long as the sentencing for the same offences, comitted against human beings, are at least twice as tough.

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  32. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    A veritable cornucopia of world and local news and we get a special on some dimwit who shot a cat with a cross bow, like THATS never happened before.

    And while its not nice, at the end of the day its an animal. Man is the ultimate predator, although our cross bow man isn’t the pinnacle of human evolution shall we say.

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  33. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    Xchequer – If you ever see the devastation feral cats do in the bush you’ll understand why they’re a serious problem that needs to be dealt with.
    The real animal cruelty is from those that don’t neuter their cats thereby creating unwanted animals

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  34. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Venison casserole. delish.

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  35. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Don’t they shoot feral cats in outback Australia and then tie the carcasses onto that massive rabbit proof fence they have out their?

    Not that Australians understand what we do to possums.

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  36. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    crossbows – the ‘gateway’ weapon. Criminalize possession I say!

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  37. Andrew W (1,629 comments) says:

    My only criticism is that he should have done the job properly, $500 sounds about right for stuffing it up.

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  38. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Every Sth Auckland Sickness Beneficiary dealing tinnies has the right to own a cross bow.

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  39. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Wow, incredibly small penis syndrome must be rife within New Zealand.

    There is no other explanation for the unbridled joy that many sad and pathetic individuals take from animal cruelty.

    Some sad fucks even use the “ultimate predator” argument to justify the cruelty, no doubt this “ultimate predator” has to use a crossbow, gun or knife to achieve his aim.

    If man is indeed the “ultimate predator” then how about he hunts lions, bears and Croc’s with his bare hands?, that is a fair fight and one I would be quite keen to watch.

    I can only assume that the idiots who push the “ultimate predator” line have no problem when a human is savaged by a pit bull or a wild animal, after all it is only a battle between the “ultimate predator” and another animal.

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  40. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    OECD – we shoot feral cats here. ask any farmer or hunter

    (or DOC worker)

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  41. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Yeah Bruv, you know about small peni. Pity you can’t read.

    Now F.O.

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  42. Twocan (25 comments) says:

    How exactly does this differ from say shooting other pests such as rabbits/possums? There is nothing sadistic about it, as a farmer who shoots rabbits due to them damaging his property this guy shot a pest damaging his.

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  43. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Expat

    And here I was thinking that we on the right could debate an issue without resorting to abuse, seems I was wrong about you.

    Are you sure you are not a pinko in disguise?

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  44. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Straw Poll:

    Q/Who has killed an animal to eat (and we arent talking about a sadistic cat killing frenzy)?

    A/I know I have.

    Q/Who buys nicely packaged bits of animal protein from the supermarket and disassociates that protein from Moo-Moo the Cow?

    (protein marbled with yellow bovine fat, mmm)

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  45. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Bruv,

    Read your own abusive diatribe and then talk about debating “without resorting to abuse”.

    I was simply giving you directions.

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  46. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Don’t have a cat or dog.

    Used to. Both speyed.

    They were always kept well, and the dog PointerxCollie kept under strict control when out of our section.

    The cat would go on patrol, as they do. You can’t keep tabs on a cat.

    Feral cats are different again, and speying the critters makes sense.

    Sorry, but to all those that believe shooting, cross-bowing, or knife sticking an animal is fair play you are a very sick puppy.

    Like those bastards that willfully neglect animals in their charge need heavy prosecution.

    Toatally agree that human wounding, killing, and neglect deserves even harsher penalties. (Unless they are feral, drug taking, Yoof Taggers)

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  47. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    I blame you for this OECD. And those Cat Restaurants in Guang Dong and Sky News.

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  48. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Expat

    Not short of an ego are you!

    Did I “name” you in my post?, while I will admit that I had you in mind my comments were not directly aimed at you but more at all those who seem to think animal cruelty is fun, indeed one of the people I have had a crack at this morning I would count as a very close and dear personal friend, the difference is that this person is an adult and we can (and do) have discussions where we disagree (he is always wrong) without it resorting to childish abuse.

    Have I upset you?….tough fucking luck, you need to get a spine or piss off to the Standard, over there you can post safe in the knowledge that nobody will disagree with you.

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  49. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Dont cry Bruv. I still wuv you.

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  50. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Thanks expat.

    You don’t really want to be tucking into a chicken sandwich while watching that Sky News video.

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  51. chrisw76 (85 comments) says:

    Oddly enough, even though I personally have a cat that is a great companion, I have little problem with the concept of killing a cat, dog, rabbit or other pet that had been repeatedly causing destruction to my property. The key issue is the suffering caused. If you are going to kill something, you kill it. To let a creature suffer for hours with a mortal wound is sub-human and worth of utmost opprobrium from society. $500 seems very light and I would support the RNZSPCA in appealing it.

    Cheers, Chris W.

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  52. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    I had Carrot and Cumin soup with a side salad of beans, carrot, pesto pasta and cucumber. I was giggling at the limp lefto Sky News team getting bashed by an old Chinese Cat Dealer.

    Then ran home up Highgate hill this afternoon.

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  53. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    MNIJ – I agree with you. If someone kills one of my cats for going into their house then the cat should have run faster or dodged.

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  54. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    I’m happy to match my ballista against his crossbow since hes such a hero.

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  55. LiberalismIsASin (290 comments) says:

    $500 seems about right. I mean, this is a country where you can slaughter babies in abortion clinics with no consequence so….

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  56. Sector 7g (242 comments) says:

    I dont understand what the big deal is Toad. Surely this Cooksley had a terrible upbringing and society has let him down, you cant blame him for not knowing what right and wrong is…or can you?

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  57. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    LiberalismIsASin your deep analysis and reasoned contribution to discourse has me all turned around on this abortion thing. Up til now I was on the fence but the pure quality of your submission has utterly convinced me of the right of your argument.

    Either that or I thought it was another emotive bit of over the top offensive retoroic from a total dick thats just designed to alienate people, piss people off and shut down discussion.

    You pick which is most likely from your contibution.

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  58. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    Sorry, this is bad taste humour, but it fits with some of the other bad taste humour on here already:

    “I’m extremely fond of cats…..”

    “Are you really….? So am I…..”

    “Isn’t that wonderful, we’ve got so much in common….?”

    “Yes, we really must swap recipes some time……..”

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  59. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    You werry bad man.

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  60. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    Mr Farrar , i hate the sick fuckers(who think they are smart and brainy YOUR POSTERS?????) who think its cool to kill any animal with a bolt into the poor animal. There are some sick bright shits on your blogg , give me demerites mr farrar but i would respect my dogs achievments for the community(visits and dog agility which kids like)more than the crap , that you pass as educated posts from educated posters?????????????????????????AND DONT GIVE ME THE BIRD KILLING SHIT,they learn to fly OR they DIE,other than that posters go kick a kid, better than killing a animal

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  61. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Well ok first tell the fly or die thing to the kiwi.
    2. Mulitple punctuation is a sign of deep seating mental instability.

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  62. goodgod (1,348 comments) says:

    GG. We aren’t talking about a violent home invasion here! We are talking about a damned cat just trying to expand its hunting territory when some dork leaves chicken out on his kitchen bench!

    Get some perspective.

    That’s exactly what you were saying. Go back and read your post! What kind of retard needs his own words explained to him. Can you send me $135 dollars for the vet’s bill too, thanks. I glad you believe it’s ok for your psycho kitty to inflict damage on my cat and property in the early morning when it wants to, just so long as I pay the bill and just so long as I don’t do anything to stop it? Fuck off you dipshit socialist. Keep your fluffy shit maker on your own property.

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  63. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    We currently have the problem of a stray cat coming into our home, ripping up the rubish bags every friggin week and deficating on any loose patch of soil and spraying on my bloody work boots.
    The previous owner of this animal thinks its a bit of a joke and sugested we keep it and feed it cause she can’t be bothered keeping it at her new address. It is now our problem to get rid of it and It pisses me off.
    Not only that, because it is marking our place it attracts more of the already abundant cat population onto our property to join in the fecal frenzie.
    The damage these creatures cause my business each year (not to mention the health risks of cat crap) is not acceptable, why the hell can my neighbor own 10 cats without any responsibility for the damage they cause?
    I am not someone who could easily kill a cat especially knowing it is someones pet, but I have sure been tempted.

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  64. LiberalismIsASin (290 comments) says:

    Thank you for your deep analysis and reasoned argument Murray.

    The point I was making, probably not very well, is that it strikes me as strange that people get more upset over the killing of animals than they do about the killing of humans.

    It is my conviction that a day will one day come when our descendants will look back on us in the same way we look at primitive cultures that practiced human sacrifice and wonder how we could have been so corrupt and savage as to destroy our young in abortion clinics.

    Until that day comes, (as it inevitably will when we evolve out of our savage and unenlightened state), I find it hard to get too upset about things like this.

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  65. senzafine (455 comments) says:

    AND DONT GIVE ME THE BIRD KILLING SHIT,they learn to fly OR they DIE,other than that posters go kick a kid, better than killing a animal

    Birds are animals too. In fact so are Kids, but then that’s probably beyond your intellectual grasp.

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  66. LiberalismIsASin (290 comments) says:

    Just as an aside, I happen to like cats and would never shoot one with a crossbow. I like my son too, and I wouldn’t stick a fork in his head either.

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  67. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    MURRY, STOP wanking yoursef, i really hate smart wankers , a sad little wanker MURRY is, stay out of toilet cubicles mate ITS BEEN NOTICED by the office ladies :)

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  68. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    It’s funny how much this thread has fallen out when there’s not an obvious left-right divide. If only cats were political, then you could all “agree”.

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  69. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    PS bright?? Joeaverage haters, we ,our/my family have three dogs that we have loved all from puppies since born,you lot dont know me and i dont really want to know you, but insults are easy to do when you dont look into the persons eyes, this is the very narrow blog of the non working public servant or private company, who should be working for this persons company or govt dept instead of insulting me. ps insults are cheap like the insulter cheap and nasty

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  70. Oswald Bastable (32 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t be shooting a crossbow in the back yard.

    They tend to miss and go through the neighbors…

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  71. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    Incredibly I agree with Glutaemus on something. If you enjoy hurting or killing small animals you are some kind of sick f*ck. Probably bullied at school. Or had a bad relationship with your mother.

    Yes cats hunt birds, that is what cats do. Humans have intelligence and compassion, and that supposedly is what sets us apart. The intelligence and compassion that makes most of us to choose to shoo someone else’s pet away, instead of killing it just because we can (in the majority of cases).

    BTW:
    Dog control laws are stricter than those for cats, rabbits and guinea pigs because of practical considerations:
    (1) Some dogs are capable of killing you
    (2) A lot of dogs are capable of maiming you
    (3) Dogs instinctively pack-hunt, which increases the danger of (1) and (2) that is posed by stray dogs.

    (Having said all that I had to whack a dog with a 9-iron once. It was on my property, it was bigger than me, it had 2 friends and it was coming at me. It didn’t like getting the cold steel up it, and it took off. No maiming or killing required.)

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  72. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    “If only cats were political, then you could all “agree”.”

    Oh but they are,
    They shit in there own nest and make a piss poor attempt at burying it…. so they must be labour :D

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  73. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    LiberalismIsASin

    Let me say that as far as I am concerned I care a damn sight more about the torture of animals than I do about abortion, there is little that pisses me off more than being told that I MUST find something outrageous or that your opinion has more validity than mine.

    Indeed I have become so immune to child killing in NZ (be that pre or post birth) that I no longer give a shit, nor do most of the people in NZ if the truth be known, sure they may let off a little steam when it happens but nobody does anything about it.

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  74. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Rat

    I agree with your comments, very well said.
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    Now I need to go and take a nap

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  75. maws (16 comments) says:

    Most cats are pets and well loved and looked after.Surely there must be a way of getting rid of a pest without resorting to a crossbow?I have to wonder about the mental health of the crossbow owner.He must have known that he had not killed the cat outright.To me,that is really bad news.Nasty.

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  76. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Oh BTW Rat;

    (1) Some dogs are capable of killing you
    (2) A lot of dogs are capable of maiming you
    (3) Dogs instinctively pack-hunt, which increases the danger of (1) and (2) that is posed by stray dogs.

    1. Agreed in theory, however it will only happen if they have come into contact with feral owners
    2. Read same for your first point.
    3. Dogs instinctively travel in a pack, the hunting gene is only triggered by hunger.

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  77. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Shunda barunda

    Try a suppressed .22, will do the job and the neighbors will be blissfully unaware, there are a few specials being offered at hunting & fishing at the moment.

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  78. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    I luv this real mans blogs, (you kill it,we will grill it) KIWIBLOG has a bubby fermented made from cats guts not using fish finnings or dairy products, its called (pussyPISS) 12.5% the drink, makes liarbour members vomit. see (MR CREOSOTE) watch on U TUBE its a laugh its SICK like life

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  79. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    GOD i luv kiwibogg , been banned twice , im worse than dad4justise

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  80. Andrew W (1,629 comments) says:

    I hear this guy is also paying vet costs of $150 and prosecution costs of $850, not quite as cheap as the $500 fine suggests.

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  81. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    (Having said all that I had to whack a dog with a 9-iron once. It was on my property, it was bigger than me, it had 2 friends and it was coming at me. It didn’t like getting the cold steel up it, and it took off. No maiming or killing required.)

    So how do you know you didn’t crack a vertebra or fracture it’s skull Rat? Or perhaps you hit it in the side with that 9-iron and broke some ribs? You don’t. However I applaud you for what you did because I once did the same except I used a shovel to whack the damned dog that was on my property and getting angry at me.

    As for the crossbow guy – should have used a hunting bolt and not a target bolt. The cat would not have got far if he had done that.

    joeAverage – You were banned for crimes against punctuation.

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  82. Max Call (212 comments) says:

    IMHO
    If you have a cat problem the SPCA will lend you traps (that don’t hurt the cat). If it is a stray then you can get the SPCA to come pick it up.
    Sometimes animals do need to be killed (for worrying stock, disease, over-aggressiveness etc) but there is a right way to go about this.
    You can shoot them if you ensure minimal suffering. When animals are killed (put-down or hunted) you should ensure you have a clean shot (after identifying you target). If the death is not instant, then you should do what is necessary to hasten the death so that the animal does not suffer any longer than what is necessary.
    Shooting a cat with a crossbow and then leaving it to suffer for hours while it dies is wrong. Both morally and legally.
    Many violent criminals have abuse of animals in their backgrounds.

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  83. Melanie R (17 comments) says:

    Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. Thomas A. Edison

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  84. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages”

    I’ll tell that to the Great White that is trying to bite my legs off while I’m out surfing.

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  85. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Max Call says on March 10th, 2009 at 6:58 pm:

    Many violent criminals have abuse of animals in their backgrounds.

    Tell us about it, didn’t Ian Wishart highlight that Helen Clark did some unsavioury things to kittens in his book “Absolute Power”? Now she wants to look after the world’s poor through the UN. Clark is obviously not fit for purpose in this job and could do untold damage to the poor of this world.

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