Cat war comes to Northland

April 21st, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The SST reports:

Extremists “inspired by millionaire Gareth Morgan” are accused of deliberately killing in Northland, sparking a bitter fight between conservationists and cat-lovers.

Images of cats caught in traps – described by cat supporters as “horrifying” – have been posted on a Far North conservation group’s Facebook page.

But cat-lovers are accused of extremism too – sending abusive and threatening emails to community board members considering the fate of a controversial cat colony, sparking complaints to police.

The ugly spat centres on a colony of about 10 strays being fed on a council reserve in Paihia in the Bay of Islands.

Morgan labels the colony “vile” and a threat to wildlife. But its supporters describe themselves on Facebook as “soldiers” in the “Battle of Paihia”. Their “war” is against conservation group Bay Bush which seemed to revel in posting photos of dead cats on Facebook, and a community board that last week voted to remove the stray cats permanently.

Their hate figure is Morgan, the businessman and philanthropist turned anti-cat crusader. Auckland Cat Coalition member Anne Batley-Burton squarely blames him for the trouble.

“Gareth Morgan is inciting the conservationists and getting them all worked up about the cats going out and killing all the birds. It’s causing so much trouble between people in communities.”

Another Cat Coalition member, Diane O’Connor, believed Morgan’s crusade had encouraged “radicals” to harm cats. “There are extreme people who now think, ‘yay, we’ve got the green light to hurt, maim and make animals suffer’.”

She said some of the cats were caught in possum traps that had been converted especially to lure them.

The Bay Bush Action Facebook page featured images of trapped cats, including one graphic picture of a black tom hanging by its mouth.

Several people commented on the page that the pictures were like something

from a horror movie and were inappropriate, but others cheered on the killers. “Well done . . . I wonder how many baby kiwi that evil cat killed,” one post said. The images have since been removed, the group conceding they were inflammatory.

Sticking up photos of cats killed in traps is pretty sick.

Meanwhile, two members of the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board have complained to police after a Facebook group called Cats to Stay – set up in opposition to Morgan’s website Cats to Go – encouraged cat lovers from around the world to email councillors and Far North Mayor Wayne Brown ahead of a meeting last Wednesday to decide the fate of the Paihia strays.

“It was severe harassment,” said deputy chair Belinda Ward. “I’m a ‘terminator’, a ‘murderer’, a ‘cat killer’. I had three days of bombardment. It educated me that cyber bullying by extremists is alive and well.”

Extremism on the other side is equally unhelpful.

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52 Responses to “Cat war comes to Northland”

  1. mandk (818 comments) says:

    DPF,
    How can you get upset about killing cats when you make light of killing babies and old people?

    [DPF: I like cats]

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  2. kowtow (7,591 comments) says:

    How stupid is it to feed strays?

    This just encourages them to go feral,and there’s nothing wrong with humanely killing feral cats which are a threat to wildlife.

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  3. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    Killing cats is terrible indeed – after all anyone who has watched a cat with a bird or other small animal knows just how kind and pure cats are.

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  4. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    I want to know the true facts of this case, it is blatantly obvious that half what has been reported is exaggerated or just blatant bullshit.
    Here’s the deal about cat lovers of the “cat colony” kind – they are all bat shit crazy, no exceptions. Anyone that promotes such an unsustainable way to manage a feral animal problem certainly hasn’t got the best interests of the animal at heart.
    They are nutters that revere cats to the level of mental illness, there really is no other rational explanation for such ridiculous irresponsible animal management.

    Get rid of the strays just like you would any other pest animal and tell these fruit loops to get some help before they start attacking people.

    Cat people are f@cking nuts, I have never seen a single exception, and that twit in charge of the SPCA is the biggest nutter of all.

    We actually have a very serious problem in NZ with irresponsible cat owners, that they tend to bully and throw their weight around should not stop us in correctly dealing with the problem.

    Get help ya weirdo’s.

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  5. pq (728 comments) says:

    http://paulscottpolitics.blogspot.co.nz/

    Go there above to Gareth’s mad capital tax, Gareth is a nutcase.
    He represents the worst excesses of wealth and has the Icarus syndrome. The Icarus syndrome is a malady where rich and successful people think they know more and better than the rest of us

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  6. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    If anyone is interested in seeing how completely distorted this story is, take a look at the “Bay Bush Action” facebook page and see for yourself:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Bush-Action/236296209726872?fref=ts

    They are just an interest group that takes pride in NZ natural heritage, something that many NZers do from all walks of life and all political persuasions. They kill pest animals, so friggin what?

    The rantings of these nutter cat people are completely inappropriate, any cats caught are trapped in standard humane kill traps that have been tried a tested for a very long time.

    I repeat, these cat people have an inordinate regard for one animal over all others, they are crazy, lost, confused, weird people.
    Attacking a successful well run community group in they way they are doing is just disgraceful, none of the information about Bay Bush Action indicates “extremism” or anything untoward whatsoever.

    But it would not surprise me in the least if we hear of one of these cat lunatics is involved in an assault or some other criminal act in the very near future, mark my words.

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  7. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    “Killing cats is terrible indeed – after all anyone who has watched a cat with a bird or other small animal knows just how kind and pure cats are.”

    what you are doing there is called anthropomorphism, Tinman. Now, instead, consider the practice of smashing bobby calves over the head with a hammer, or even more disturbing, consider the life of a typical dairy cow in NZ. How does your morality stand up to that? It’s no use projecting guilt onto the poor kitty cats, they do not understand, and know no better.

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  8. slijmbal (1,210 comments) says:

    Gareth does seem to have gone feral in his own way – he was last seen on the cover of the Diabetes NZ Magazine lecturing on “Bariatric Surgery isn’t the answer” – I think he managed to pick up a medical doctor’s qualification during his travels.

    Don’t you love the lazy journalism – If the strays are within about 500m (probably at least twice the normal travel distance to hunt for a cat) of anything vulnerable like a kiwi then they are a risk and it’s daft to not treat them like pests – if not what’s the problem.

    They will overwhelmingly kill rats and mice btw and rats eat kiwi eggs and small kiwi and are arguably much more of a threat to the likes of the kiwi.

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  9. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    if “Bay Bush Action” are posting the pictures, including the kitty hanging by its mouth on their facebook page, then they are probably sociopaths. They are also prats, and nutters, … and cowards. I wonder what their true motivations are, because acting like nutters ain’t going to garner them much support, except from fellow nutters?

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  10. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    Hey Dean, why don’t you go and have a friggin look before you grab your pitchfork:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Bush-Action/236296209726872?fref=ts

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  11. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Yeah, Morgan’s a cunt.

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  12. Griff (6,712 comments) says:

    Here kitty come and meet
    Mr crossman .177 hollowpoint

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  13. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    Hey “Shunda barunda”, read the article. The gutless sociopaths took the pictures down, I wonder why?

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  14. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Cats can be sent to Heaven painlessly.

    50/50 mix of cream and antifreeze.

    Cat then goes off to a private place to join its maker.

    Everyone wins. No vet fees, no probleemo.

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  15. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    “50/50 mix of cream and antifreeze.”

    a joke, or are you really that stupid?

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  16. UpandComer (506 comments) says:

    Not sure why ppl have this special spot for cats. Dogs are actually useful animals. Cats aren’t, and they are a major pest that should be treated like rabbits where they threaten native wildlife and don’t belong to anyone.

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  17. mikenmild (10,630 comments) says:

    Dean
    Feral cats are a menace and need to be eliminated in the same way as other feral animals. Sadly, bereal is referring to his method of disposing of his neighbour’s cats.

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  18. slijmbal (1,210 comments) says:

    “Not sure why ppl have this special spot for cats. Dogs are actually useful animals”

    Directly from te Bay Bush Action Facebook page …..

    “There were two dogs running wild in the Opua State Forest today!
    Research shows that any dog can kill kiwi. In fact smaller breeds like terriers are the most likely offenders.
    The worst known case was in Waitangi Forest in 1987, when one dog, left to roam, is thought to have killed more than 500 of the 900 kiwi living in the forest.
    194 kiwi deaths reported in Northland between 1990 and June 1995 were caused primarily by dogs, indicating that the “Waitangi dog incident” of 1987 was not an isolated instance.”

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Bush-Action/236296209726872?ref=stream&hc_location=timeline

    and

    “Not to much longer before dogs are allowed on the beaches again. I found a little blue penguin that looked like it had been killed by a dog the other day. Also lots of young newly fledged sea birds that are very poor flyers on the beaches all over Northland at the mo.”

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  19. Longknives (4,414 comments) says:

    “a joke, or are you really that stupid?”

    Sadly Dean, Bereal has been bragging about killing his neighbour’s pets for some time now…

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  20. KevinH (1,131 comments) says:

    I have seen first hand feral cats caught in possum traps usually attracted by the smell of blood from traps that haven’t been cleaned and can assure readers that death for these cats is just as instantaneous and humane as it is for possums. What amazed me was the cats were caught in remote bush locations a long way from civilisation and were in relatively good condition indicating that as feral cats they were surviving well.
    I have no problem with trapping and exterminating feral cats because as mentioned in this thread they are a menace to birdlife, the issue has unfortunately got emotional for cat lovers but protecting our indigenous bird species is of greater concern.

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  21. Manolo (13,339 comments) says:

    Gareth Morgan lost the plot when his son hit the jackpot selling Trade Me.
    The millions have gone to his Greenie head.

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  22. UpandComer (506 comments) says:

    I’ll say the same about Dogs that don’t belong to anyone and threaten native species.

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  23. Griff (6,712 comments) says:

    Cats kill a wide viraty of wild life for fun and for food
    I prefer not to shoot pets however the lizards birds
    stickinsecs etc on my block are also my pets.
    Cat lovers rate aids riden feline above all our native fauna.

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  24. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Longknives
    i prefer to use the term euthanise. (euthenise)

    And, if cats care to go to the toilet someplace else apart from my vege garden then,
    no probleemo, we can all live in peace.

    The ball is in the cats court.

    And if some neurotic female neighbour decides to have 5 cats, then thats asking for trouble,

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  25. Lance (2,442 comments) says:

    Yea
    The pro nature lot are sane and level headed compare to the pro- cat lot….. Yea right.
    I remember an academic being physically assaulted by members of Forest and Bird for suggesting it might not be a good idea to completely destroy an entire species of rat as that might have unintended consciquences.

    Morgan wanting people to stop supporting the SPCA is seriously fucked.

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  26. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    DPF,
    How can you get upset about killing cats when you make light of killing babies and old people?

    [DPF: I like cats]
    ==================================
    So DPF does that mean all us oldies and our newborn are off your Xmas list then. :(

    Or should we all send you a kitten for your birthday. I can get a ready supply from the local SPCA just so you don’t get lonely.

    oops that’s a big rumble of thunder.

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  27. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    bereal
    please drink some antifreeze, then report back to us on how painless it was. Thanks in advance!

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  28. Scott1 (445 comments) says:

    Cats are more closely related to us than birds are and therefore much smarter than birds and therefore deserving of more rights and more important. Otherwise we might as well worry about the poor stupid insects that the birds eat.

    Simply

    Human>cat>bird>insect

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  29. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    I have shot many wild cats over the years and I am no bleeding heart. But killing pets and cats that are being looked after is a miserable thing to do. I am a cat lover myself and would never dream of it.

    Conservationists in this country have become radical extremists who want to eliminate all animal life. Every single Deer, Pig, Goat, Chamois, Thar, Rabbit, Hare, Wallaby… not to mention Trout and any other introduced wildlife. DOC was long ago over run by radical elements of Forrest & Bird, which its self has been hijacked by nutters.

    Globally the conservation movement has been taken over by those who’s motivation is political. Many of the founders of popular groups, like Greenpeace, are very critical of this. Conservation has become a another word for anti human socialism.

    As someone with a real love of nature I find it distressing there is no conservation group I would consider supporting. Sad.

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  30. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    In fact, as i have previously reported.

    My neurotic neighbour who had 5 cats and now has just one confided to me that in fact
    she was relieved that some of her cats had mysteriously disappeared because she had been feeling
    unable to cope with the responsibility of looking after and feeding 5 cats.

    Now thats a win win result, don’t you think ?

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  31. Kimble (4,377 comments) says:

    Oh good.

    Just reading the headline made me think Disney was filming the last nail in the star wars coffin in Northland.

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  32. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Oh shit Kea,

    don’t make an even bigger drong of yourself.
    ‘I have shot many wlid cats over the years…….’

    You my friend, if we can believe the puke you publish about yourself, would be one of
    the unique New Zealanders who have shot .’Many wild cats.”

    How many wild cats are ‘many’ Kea ?

    Almost as good as. “Many of my friends are Maori.”
    You idiot.

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  33. Nostalgia-NZ (4,902 comments) says:

    Crikey bereal, tell me it isn’t true about the cats. I thought you ‘only’ poisoned wild chickens in Albany or further north some where.

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  34. mikenmild (10,630 comments) says:

    Something wrong with shooting cats bereal? You can’t get them all with the anti-freeze.

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  35. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    bereal, I see your being a sour puss again.

    Not sure how many. I used to spend a lot of time up in the high country. Most weekends in fact. It was the last place you would expect to find cats. It had snow on the ground in the winter and was generally a pretty harsh climate. I would mostly see them while driving on private dirt roads to where I would start walking in. I used to keep a rifle handy while driving. Mostly I would only get them when spot lighting Hares & Rabbits, as wild cats are extremely wary and elusive.

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  36. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Almost as good as. “Many of my friends are Maori.”
    You idiot.

    Would it help if I shot some of them too bereal ?

    How about the Chinks & Gooks ?

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  37. slijmbal (1,210 comments) says:

    anti-freeze poisoning is an exceedingly nasty way to go btw

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  38. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Kea.

    When in a hole ,stop digging.
    Other people are reading this …..

    Of course there must be illions of feral cats that have escaped and found their way up into and
    are living in the ‘high country’

    You are a bullshit artist mate.

    And that is evident to anyone reading this.

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  39. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    slijmbal, I suspect bereal drinks a fair bit of poison himself, in order to get his creative juices following for KB.

    As a hunter I have killed a fair few animals, but I have no stomach for that sort of cruelity. It is sick and tells me a lot about a person.

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  40. Tautaioleua (281 comments) says:

    There are so many unwanted cats already. It’s time we gave some serious thought to getting rid of them altogether. We could all take kiwis as pets instead.

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  41. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    tautaioleua, Ferrets make lovely pets and you don’t need to feed them much, as they always seem to find something to eat.

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  42. slijmbal (1,210 comments) says:

    This discussion is so distorted by generalisations.

    A cat in Ponsonby will (hopefully) take out pigeons, rats and mice and maybe the odd sparrow. Don’t worry about natives that cope with urban situations such as Tuis they cope fine thank you. Let’s remind ourselves that cats kill rodents in urban environments. We don’t have kiwis in Auckland because of humans not cats or dogs

    Cats in bush/forest/protected environments can kill lots of natives a week – easily 10. Get rid of the f*****r.

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  43. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Kea.

    again you prove yourself to be a fucking idiot.
    You say, “Ferrets make lovely pets…..”

    As someone who HAS had ferrets as pets i can tell you that you are full of shit,
    again.

    Ever had two male ferrets at one time Kea ?

    Give up you idiot.

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  44. Reid (15,918 comments) says:

    Of all the issues Gareth could have picked on, why did he pick on this one?

    And if he had to pick on this one, why has gone about addressing the issues as he sees them, in such an incredibly unbelievably no brainer crikey der kind of way?

    I mean for example if it is feral cats he hates then use the label “feral cats.” And if it really is all cats, then has he lost it same way as the mad catwoman on the Simpsons has?

    Those are the parameters of the calculations Gareth has left open to us.

    They’re not very good, are they.

    Perhaps he got a knock on the head that he hasn’t told anyone about.

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  45. Thrash Cardiom (298 comments) says:

    I like cats a lot but it only took one feral cat to shit on my kitchen table to make them a target. I think I shot around 20 of the bastards over 2 to 3 years. Living in the country, the bastards congregate anywhere where they think they can get a meal and start breeding. Even now living on the edge of a town we get the odd feral cat sniffing around. They are fairly easy to tell apart from the pets.

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  46. mandk (818 comments) says:

    Kea @ 7.46
    Sadly, you’re displaying more intellectual flabbiness.
    Why do you lament killing feral cats when you think there are too many kids being born, and that pre-born babies are just a soup of cells that can just be exterminated?

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  47. nasska (10,632 comments) says:

    Never been much of a cat person but we’ve got a mad woman in a lifestyle block a bit up the road who adopts the scungy things presumably from the SPCA. They’re semi feral & although they don’t bother me greatly my young heading dog thinks they’re the best sport on four legs. She’s taught herself to head them off to keep them away from fencelines & over a medium distance she simply runs them down & sends them off to the big cattery in the sky.

    I’ve counted fourteen kills & there may be others I don’t know about…..that’s a fair few birds saved. :)

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  48. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Thats cool Thrash,

    i can understand that, but.

    One thing you can put your ring around is that however many feral cats you have shot, a great hunter
    such as Kea has shot many more than you have when Kea was a great hunter in his
    own mind in the ‘High Country”

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  49. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    And if some neurotic female neighbour decides to have 5 cats, then thats asking for trouble,

    My neighbor has 17.

    17 bloody cats, all poorly cared for, all very efficient little killing machines by necessity. The neighbor across the road has three, so that’s 21 cats between 2 households.

    I have one cat, it can barely survive 10 minutes out side without getting a hiding from some half wild, mangy, cat aids ridden mongrel.

    I like native birds and other wildlife, we used to have a stable population of native geckos living on our section, but not any more, our resident (beneficiary) crazy cat lady has exterminated the lot with her fuzzy little friends.

    Twice in the past 2 months I have awoken at around 3am to find at least one of her cats in my kitchen ripping up whatever it can find, when you turn on the light, every single piece of glassware on the kitchen bench ends up getting smashed as the half wild mongrel goes berserk, one of them even ended up in our bedroom pissing everywhere as it went.

    I rang council animal control and respectfully ask him to do something about it, he can’t he says, no laws regarding cats you see. He was very sympathetic, but said his hands are tied, only the SPCA can help. The SPCA actually got hostile with me (and anyone else that complained) exclaiming “she says they’re all fixed so no problem”.

    And this is the problem, the SPCA is run by nutters, NO ONE should donate to this fruit loop organization until they amend their ways, Gareth Morgan may be wrong about a lot of things, but he isn’t wrong about this.

    Do NOT donate to the SPCA, they have become an extremist organization with little regard for the true welfare of animals, their approach regarding feral cats is utterly wrong and completely against the principles of correct animal management.

    Responsible owners should not have a problem with registering and micro chipping their cats, it’s time we stopped making space for these other nutters.

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  50. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Hey Shunda.
    cut out the middle man. No SPCA needed.
    milk and antifreeze, @ 4.33
    all good, job done.
    Q.E.D.

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  51. Longknives (4,414 comments) says:

    Anyone else find it somewhat disturbing that Shunda and Bereal stayed up until the wee hours exchanging ‘cat killing’ fantasies?

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  52. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    Anyone else find it somewhat disturbing that Shunda and Bereal stayed up until the wee hours exchanging ‘cat killing’ fantasies?

    11:16pm is a late night for you? where did I say I fantasized about killing anything?

    Oh…I get it, you’re a crazy cat lady aren’t you longknives! it actually makes sense when you think about it………

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkMvKeX7erI

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