Morgan advocates all cats on Wellington to be on leashes

March 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Zealandia will become little more than a “cat food factory” unless something is done about wandering felines, the Wellington City Council has been told.

Hearings began today for submissions into the council’s draft annual plan, with philanthropist and anti-cat campaigner among the first to address councillors.

He advocated councils making micro-chipping mandatory for to determine ownership, so un-owned could be “zipped” and any pets caught wandering could be returned for a fee. There should also be a 24-hour curfew on , with them only allowed out on leashes.

Yes, cats only allowed outside on leashes. I can see that happening – not.

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53 Responses to “Morgan advocates all cats on Wellington to be on leashes”

  1. jcuk (668 comments) says:

    The guy is a fruitcake extremist

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  2. wreck1080 (3,881 comments) says:

    i wish gareth had a day job.

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  3. Komata (1,175 comments) says:

    Mr. Morgan REALLY doesn’t like cats does he? One has to wonder why? Presumably he adores dogs and has several of
    his own ? He also doesn’t know the feline species very well (as much as one ever can know cats, that is) , and has not obviously not heard the saying about the consequences of ‘trying to herd cats’.

    Those who passed the original legislation concerning the control of cats and dogs in New Zealand were realists and aware of the differences between dogs and cats. They were also aware, like Kipling, of the nature of cats, as summarised in Kipling’s classic tale about the cat who walks by himself, and who says ‘all places are alike to me’ . The legislation was enacted accordingly.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Morgan is a man with a large amount of money at his disposal, evidently a lot of time on his hands, and, from all reports, a council which is prepared to act on his ‘recommendations’. It will be interesting to see public reaction when it does.

    BTW: Has anyone read the story of Dick Whittington recently – and how he made his money?

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  4. annie (539 comments) says:

    Tui Billboard on Hutt Road:

    “ssssh. I’m trying to hear what Gareth Morgan has to say. Yeah right.”

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  5. mara (770 comments) says:

    Early- onset dementia? Poor chap.

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  6. tom hunter (4,729 comments) says:

    The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

    Thomas B. Macaulay

    It seems an appropriate comment, either for Mr Morgan in relation to cats – or perhaps KB readers in relation to Mr Morgan.

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  7. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    Can we leash all Mallards, too.?

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  8. Elaycee (4,373 comments) says:

    Just fixed up the typo’s:

    He advocated councils making micro-chipping mandatory for cats ‘Gareth Morgans’ to determine ownership, so un-owned cats ‘Gareth Morgans’ could be “zipped” and any pets ‘Gareth Morgans’ caught wandering could be returned for a fee. There should also be a 24-hour curfew on cats ‘Gareth Morgans’, with them only allowed out on leashes’

    Sorted…. :D

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  9. Pete George (23,476 comments) says:

    Ah, a jokes about cats thread.

    How to give a cat a pill:

    1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
    2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
    3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
    4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
    5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.
    6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
    7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
    8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil, and blow down drinking straw.
    9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
    10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
    11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of Scotch. Pour shot, drink. 12. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
    13. Call fire brigade to retrieve the damn cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.
    14. Tie the little @!!@#@#$%’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak filet. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.
    15. Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
    16. Arrange for SPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

    How to give a dog a pill:

    1. Wrap it in bacon and throw it in the air.

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  10. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Perhaps Gareth Morgan could also be fitted with some kind of bark collar to limit his public pronouncements.

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  11. ChardonnayGuy (1,199 comments) says:

    There is a Facebook page entitled Cats Against Gareth Morgan, for that matter. I would encourage all Kiwiblog readers who enjoy a good laugh to join this furry feline fightback for purr-sonal liberties. Actually, come to think of it, cats are very libertarian animals. They take liberties all the time. And sausages, in the case of our mog, Bebert :)

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  12. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I tried to put my cat on a leash so my grandson could take it for walks. (his request)

    The cat won the argument.

    Best of luck to Mr Morgan, I hope not too many fingers and hands are damaged in this exercise.

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  13. Pete George (23,476 comments) says:

    This one actually looks serious.

    Leash-train Your Cat
    Teach your cat to walk on a leash so you can both safely enjoy the great outdoors.

    1. Train your cat to respond to your voice. Call your cat at feeding and play times. Praise and pet it for coming when called and soon your cat will associate your call with good times.

    2. Buy proper equipment. Choose an adjustable harness that fits snugly. Then, select a 4-foot-long leash to attach to the harness. Finally, buy a separate collar with an identification tag, in case your cat gets loose.

    3. Introduce your cat to its gear. Allow your cat to gradually become familiar with the smell of the harness, leash and collar.

    4. Put the harness on the cat. Don’t force your cat to wear the harness; ensure you cat associates it with pleasure. For the first time, only put the harness on your cat for 30 seconds and remove it three or four times. Give long breaks between sessions to get used to getting in and out of the harness.

    5. Let your cat drag the leash. Fasten the leash to the harness and let your cat get used to the weight. Stand on the opposite side of the room and call your cat. After a few days, when it comes consistently, begin walking it around the house.

    6. Associate the harness with the outdoors. The sooner your cat learns the harness means outside, the easier this process will become.

    7. Encourage calmness. If your cat loses control, discourage this behavior by standing still. Your cat will soon learn that it can explore only when calm.

    8. Choose relaxing situations. You can’t expect calmness next to a busy intersection or in the path of another animal. Keep an eye out for trouble before it arrives.

    9. Follow your cats lead. Let your cat take the lead to build trust and make the experience more pleasant for you both. Your cat will want to explore and sniff the great outdoors. Always keeps the leash slack.

    10. Start with short trips. Familiarize your cat with the area immediately around your home, and then gradually increase the distance you walk.

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  14. freedom101 (496 comments) says:

    Every mainstream opinion was once eccentric. Gareth is absolutely correct that cats are a major destroyer of native fauna – birds, lizards, skinks. This has been proven beyond doubt. Dogs can attack humans, and are registered, chipped, impounded, put down etc. Cats destroy our ecology, and Gareth Morgan is pilloried for pointing this out.

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  15. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Pete George (21,667 comments) says:
    March 26th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    LOL whoever wrote that doesn’t have a cat, or at least doesn’t have a cat like the cat’s I’ve owned.

    They need to add that the cat owner should be on prozac, be wearing a thick raincoat, and leather gloves, before attempting any of the above. A dram or two of whiskey before attempting it, might also help (its optional on whether you give the whiskey to the cat, or drink it yourself)

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  16. ChardonnayGuy (1,199 comments) says:

    I’m not saying that cat owners should be irresponsible- certainly, we should insure that our companion animals are neutered, not abandon them needlessly otherwise or irresponsibly dump them in the public domain, avoid cat hoarding at the other extreme and insure that our pets have access to optimal veterinary care. However, what proportion of wildlife are killed by other animals- rats, stoats and other introduced predators? And are they adequately controlled?

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  17. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Yes, keep your rats and stoats on leashes too.

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  18. anticorruptionnz (212 comments) says:

    I seriously have doubts about that man I have had lots of cats they have never brought back a native bird but have brought back lots of rats.

    he needs to look at an excellent video called how wolves change rivers.

    I live over the back from a prestigious girls school when the cat population is down the neighbours are infested with rats .. healthy cat numbers = little or no rat problems ( other than the ones they bring in and liberate under the fridge. )

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  19. Peter (1,699 comments) says:

    Try to put a leash on my cat and she will rip your head clean off. And that’s when she’s in a playful mood.

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  20. flipper (3,981 comments) says:

    A message for G Morgan….

    Ever seen a Burmese cat take on an Alsatian Gareth?

    Ever seen two Burmese, and in particular mine, Zhivago and Tasha, take on the same Alsatian at the same time????

    I have. It only happened once….and the yelping Alsatian disappeared, tail between legs, and has never since ventured on our property.

    So when you have finished talking crap Gareth, revert to economics – please.

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  21. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    Despite Morgan’s obvious obsessiveness with this, I think he actually has a point. Native birds or European cats? I’d go as far as to make cat bells and collars compulsory, and restrict each household to one cat. Having tuis, kakas around our homes is worth it.

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  22. Manolo (13,572 comments) says:

    Gareth Morgan: an imbecile with millions!

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  23. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    What makes me laugh

    I take great pains to encourage native fauna

    Plant ecology suitable for them .

    Train them with treats to come to my call.

    Pets….

    Yet when one of your moggys decide it would be great fun to taunt my pets for hours before leaving them smashed and bleeding on my large property

    You find it an offence when I cure its tendency with a slug between the eyes.

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  24. davidp (3,580 comments) says:

    Has Morgan apologised for visiting North Korea and ignoring the horrific human rights abuses there? If not, why aren’t we shunning him as being a dreadful human being? The weird cat obsession is just a side show.

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  25. James Stephenson (2,152 comments) says:

    Ever seen two Burmese, and in particular mine, Zhivago and Tasha

    Assuming it hasn’t already been confiscated, please hand in your man card.

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  26. Harriet (4,849 comments) says:

    If this becomes law – which it will in eco-metrosexual Wellington – then just tell the council that the leash you have on your cat is the same brand as the one Norman has on Cunliffe.

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  27. ShawnLH (4,600 comments) says:

    “You find it an offence when I cure its tendency with a slug between the eyes.”

    You have just admitted to a criminal act.

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  28. Komata (1,175 comments) says:

    CG

    AFIK (or am aware), no one actually knows the casualty-rate inflicted on the country’s wildlife by other predators. At best DoC can give estimates based-upon their observations. Cats OTOH are easy targets; they are visible and they are ‘easy’ (in a relative sense) to target. They are also ‘obvious’ (unlike rats, stoats, weasels etc.) and the general-public has a perception concerning them, in that they either like or loath them. Cats are also ‘mysterious’ and self-contained (unlike dogs, with which species, ‘What you see is what you get’), and historically have been the subject of a lot of prejudice throughout the centuries because of this aspect of their make-up. Given all of this in combination, what better target for someone who is a closet cat-hater (for whatever reason), especially when one adds-in the fact that they (the cats) kill ‘all de pwetty liddle boids’ (sarcasm intended) . The result: Instant support from al those who either: Own dogs in preference to cats (and are passionate about their dogs) ; hate cats (again, for whatever reason), or love birds; or are environmentalists….

    Mr. Morgan seems to appeal to all such people, and as a result is now a very popular individual.

    Given that the removal of cats from circulation has ‘unintended consequences’ (c.f Dick Whittington, as previously noted), I wonder if the WCC will issue its residents with (humane – of course) rat traps, when the rodent problem becomes too large?

    Just thought

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  29. Cato (1,095 comments) says:

    ChardonnayGuy,

    I really hate to be a pedant but you ‘ensure’ to guarantee something happening, you ‘assure’ to remove doubt about something and you ‘insure’ to limit the risk of financial loss.

    I know that some people say that are all interchangeable but it just looks ugly.

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  30. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    No hunting season on feral cats……

    There is bush between me and the nearest neighbor.

    That runs continuously for thousands of acres.

    The crime is by those who bring unrestrained predators into sensitive areas.

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  31. ShawnLH (4,600 comments) says:

    “The crime is by those who bring unrestrained predators into sensitive areas.”

    I agree. Far too many unrestrained cat killing predators about :)

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  32. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    To be fair to Gareth Morgan, he comes up with lots of ideas and not all are foolish by any means. This was a good post on tax and welfare:
    http://garethsworld.com/blog/tax-and-welfare/creating-jobs-will-end-poverty/

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  33. Viking2 (11,412 comments) says:

    At the very least neuter the lot.

    and outdoor cats should come with warning bells and be subject to Garrets 3 strike rules.

    bird that’s a warning, 2 birds and loose a set of claws, 3 birds and night night.

    Like the nasty piece a black flesh that threatened to kill me this morning. won’t be long and he will be at Mr garrets pleasure, deservedly so.

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  34. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

    There you are wrong.
    You can not shoot into or go onto the neighbours property to hunt without permission.
    You can not discharge an air rifle in a way that “may” endanger or place “fear” in others.

    These are points of the law I may find restrictive yet I comply due to a consent to the law and acceptance in society’s possible reaction to rationally transcending it.

    Restrained by the social contract :wink:

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  35. flipper (3,981 comments) says:

    James Stephenson (1,859 comments) says:

    March 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Ever seen two Burmese

    **********************

    Yeeeowwwww …not woof, woof. :-)

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  36. annie (539 comments) says:

    freedom 101 – wrong. Yr ‘science’ is crap. I am fed up to the back teeth with with idiots parroting what they’ve read in the newspapers or internet, and with no context within which to evaluate the information.

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  37. Yogibear (361 comments) says:

    Gareth.

    What happened?

    In your infometrics heyday you used to be a bastion of the free market and light regulation.

    When your competitor Berl was releasing reports on the cost of alcohol (with no benefit and comprehensively Fisked by the good Dr Campton), you could be relied on for a common sense approach.

    Now you are a mix of contradictions. You decry damage to the environment while riding across the world straddling an internal combustion engine.

    It’s a sad and rather pathetic descent into hypocritical totalitarian socialism.

    Please shuffle off into retirement quietly

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  38. annie (539 comments) says:

    mikenmild (8,000 comments) says:
    March 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    To be fair to Gareth Morgan, he comes up with lots of ideas and not all are foolish by any means. This was a good post on tax and welfare:
    http://garethsworld.com/blog/tax-and-welfare/creating-jobs-will-end-poverty/

    Fair enough, but this is a man whose academic approach is untrustworthy. He tells us unequivocally that cats destroy native bird populations in New Zealand, where they are apex predators. He also assures us that life in North Korea is rosy because he was taken on a guided tour of happy inmates. ‘Nuff said.

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  39. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Sure. I don’t think cats are the biggest threat to our native wildlife. Nor do I want Gareth’s stupid stadium in Petone. But he does come up with some interesting, challenging and entertaining ideas.

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  40. Chuck Bird (4,847 comments) says:

    Disabled tenant to fight for killer dog

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9867617/Disabled-tenant-to-fight-for-killer-dog

    I wonder if the tenant has considered approaching Gareth for help with legal fees?

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  41. Lance (2,634 comments) says:

    Considering by far and away the primary reason for the reduction in native bird species is loss of habitat. The predators like cats, rats and stoats are just the final straw.

    So I assume once Gareth’s vast evil plan to control / kill or otherwise remove cats has run it’s course the next phase is vast confiscation of private land to be allow to return to wilderness.

    Because this is the only real way to really bring back large numbers of native birds, anything else is a small scale joke.

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  42. Albert_Ross (272 comments) says:

    No, cats are not the only or even the biggest threat to native wildlife. But they are the only threat to native wildlife about which absolutely nothing is being done.

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  43. RRM (9,826 comments) says:

    SCREW YOU, Gareth Morgan!

    http://static.stuff.co.nz/1324410461/980/6171980.jpg

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  44. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    He sends cats to Kim Jong Un to feed starving plebs. Because of his nuclear programme costs, he can’t afford food as well. Morgan says North Korea is a great place, well run, with cat the staple diet, along with stale rice . . . he is another reborn socialist with a distorted outlook on life and trivia.

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  45. Komata (1,175 comments) says:

    A thought which has just occurred (yes, that does happen – sometimes):

    With Mr.Morgan being so passionate about preserving ‘native species’ perhaps he should raise his sights slightly and divert his millions to provide food to the the ‘poor’ of New Zealand; the people who are definitely a ‘native species'; and ‘endangered’ (for whatever reason, which is not the point of this post) ), and proceed to carry out the necessary actions without benefit of media and publicity. In times past that was called ‘philanthropy’, and was done quietly and without ostentation (and without political associations).

    I would suggest that taking that course of action would be a better use of his money, and, dare I say it, for a better cause and long-term benefit , but hey, it will never be never as sexy and sensational as saving birds by killing cats….

    It depends upon what one views as important I suppose…

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  46. MT_Tinman (3,130 comments) says:

    I’m with Gareth on this one.

    No one should own a cat unless they keep the bloody thing on their own property unless strictly controlled.

    Cat owners who allow their animals to stray should be hung up on the fence along with their bloody animals.

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  47. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    komatua: The only poor in this country, are in most cases, too lazy to get off their backsides, or those that breed for welfare income. So long as these people get handouts, they will be satisfied voting Labour, showing envy of those that have worked and achieved, being housed, breeding to excess, having their unwanted feral kids fed, using pre-school as a crèche while they go boozing, drugging, and being a general nuisance and drain on overburdened taxpayers. No matter what philanthropy may provide these types will do less and want more!

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  48. Steve (North Shore) (4,546 comments) says:

    Morgan can put the cats on a leash himself – see how long he lasts.
    Actualy, put a leash on Morgan and tow him to Nth Korea – he seems to like their style of enforcement

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  49. Lucia Maria (2,306 comments) says:

    No one should own a cat unless they keep the bloody thing on their own property unless strictly controlled.

    So Tinman, you would be quite happy to have entire neighbourhoods turned into steel link fence enclosures, because that’s the only way that a cat can be kept in a property. Unless people want stir-crazy bored ones that just live inside, and that’s just cruel.

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  50. btb (7 comments) says:

    I am for micro chipping cats. It is cheap. And it will reduce the number of native birds killed by cats. More Tuis and Native wood pidgeons etc in our cities would be great. Those who can’t afford it need to understand cats are not native animals, and unless sponsored by a owner they have no right to be in New Zealand. Sorry puss but your owner doesn’t love you you are gone burgers.

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  51. Monique Angel (288 comments) says:

    Oh fuck off cat haters. cats have no real impact on native bird pipulations. But your houses and flushing toilets sure as shit do have an impact
    Furthermore, New Zealand bird life is overrated. Like absent.Here in California I have daily flocks of blue Jays and Finches and lone hummingbirds; a shit ton prettier and more prolific than stupid ass Tuis or Sparrows.

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  52. griffith (1,111 comments) says:

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  53. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    I can not confirm or Deny where one of my secret bases is

    there are cat restrictions near (cats are revolting and should be exterminated)
    you can not put a price on the natural treasures that visit

    and I counted 6 of these on a walk one evening (you usually hear them mimicking)

    http://youtu.be/VjE0Kdfos4Y

    and hand feed these when they want to say hello

    http://youtu.be/CnYey6knle8

    plenty of these

    http://youtu.be/6tp8Zq5-FsI

    Sometimes gets visits from the bogans of the parrot world
    http://youtu.be/N89VaziKH2M

    and the Black Cockatoos announce their arrival and have a distinct pattern
    plenty of other (species) but you get the idea (with cats there would be fewer or none)

    TiriTiriMatangi is one place you can see what NZ was like before introduced species destroyed many species (no cats)

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