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post #1 of 25
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http://xtramsn.co.nz/news/0,,11964-5646641,00.html

This is so frustrating. New Zealand does indeed need to control the population of cats (and dogs, goats, ferrets, possums, rabbits, humans - basically all introduced species). But extremist people like this just make it harder for this issue to be taken seriously. And who the hell is he to decide only one cat per household?
As for his comment on who owns cats, well, anyone who makes such a lame, stereotypical characterization isn't going to win any respect from intelligent people.
Such a shame that this type of cat-hating rubbish gets publicity.
post #2 of 25
OMG!! that just really ticks me off
post #3 of 25
This is just stupid I have stated many times, due to the ban laws that are put into place on EXOTIC animal owners, that this will soon affect DOMESTIC animals as well. This is a proven case here. Another case of stupid people making more dumb, useless laws.
post #4 of 25
What an IDIOT! And to assume that everyone who loves cats is a single, middle aged "lonely" woman?

I'm beginning to get really ticked off at the people who blame cats for the destruction of native species. We're WE the ones who dozed over their habitat in the first place? And I'm sorry. I have 3 cats and since I'm a RESPONSIBLE owner, none of my 3 have gotten anywhere NEAR a bird. These people really need to do some fact checking before they spout off and make total )(*&^^& of themselves.
post #5 of 25
Someone clearly didn't get enough hugs as a child.
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post #7 of 25
The man is an idiot .
post #8 of 25
Sigh, I saw this in the paper yesterday but I didnt have time to read it. WHen I did, the comments he made were ridiculous - he only has 14 members in his group. That is not really enough to make a big impact. We cannot blame it all on cats, there are other things that eat the stuff like possums, ferrets who do so.

He is obviously a cat hater.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by jcat
I am disturbed to read how they're casually discussing how to trap and kill cats. Comments included:
"Do not replace your cat when it dies"
"Many people would rather enjoy birds than own a cat"
It makes me very angry that people don't recognize cats as valid pets, and that it's so easy to villify cat owners. I do recognize the need in NZ for people to be responsible pet owners. This is what people should be working toward - creating realistic laws to protect our fragile wildlife and not targeting one set of pet owners in this ridiculous manner.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by jcat
OMG!!!!! They tell how to use a leg-hold trap with cats, they talk about how difficult cats are to shoot, but if you use a dead possum as bait, you will be more likely to shoot the cat, and on and on. That is so very sick, sick, sick.....
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
WE the ones who dozed over their habitat in the first place?
Yes! The research clearly shows that our cars, buildings, power lines, and wires on radio and cell phone towers kill many many many more birds that cats ever could. So if they want to save the birds, they need to ship all the people off the island and tear down all of the buildings and towers.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by pushylady
I am disturbed to read how they're casually discussing how to trap and kill cats. Comments included:
"Do not replace your cat when it dies"
"Many people would rather enjoy birds than own a cat"
It makes me very angry that people don't recognize cats as valid pets, and that it's so easy to villify cat owners. I do recognize the need in NZ for people to be responsible pet owners. This is what people should be working toward - creating realistic laws to protect our fragile wildlife and not targeting one set of pet owners in this ridiculous manner.
I found that link when I Googled "Christchurch Cat Control Campaign", and was absolutely appalled. The site did target other pet owners, though, not just cat owners.
post #13 of 25
What I don't like is how he says one cat per household is too many but there are still people who like cats in the group. What the hell difference is it to him if families have one cat or no cats? Maybe enforcing registration and microchipping (sounds like a good idea to me), keeping them indoors is a good idea, but wanting there to be rules against owning any cats at all? That is ridiculous.
post #14 of 25
You know what is really funny at the moment? THeres a place called Happy Valley, in which some protests have been going on for a while because of some proposed mining or something, and that place is the natural habitat of the kiwi, as well as some other rare species. http://www.savehappyvalley.org.nz/

Before they can go around blaming cats, ferrets, etc, they need to start looking at their own behaviour - cats, etc are doing what is natural to them, but we aren't.
post #15 of 25
Oh, another nutjob group like ABCBirds, who are behind the Cats Indoors! campaign - which is not about cats in any way, but about saving the birds. They aren't quite as radical as that yahoo, but close - basically they want to exterminate any and all feral cats and outlaw cats being outdoors for any reason. At least this guy lets it all hang out so that even the average non-crazy-cat-lady can see that he's a loon.

They really do need to look at other sources if they want to save the birds. Try saving their habitat first, then get rid of power lines, windows and cars. Those kill many more birds than cats ever could.
post #16 of 25
*hisses* What a nut case.
post #17 of 25
I have good news to report. The Minister of Conservation has rejected this nutcases thingy, saying it is pointless in telling people how many cats they can have.

And just a few days after this article was in the paper, there was an article about a man who rescued two kittens - who were almost frozen solid and they spent days in the vet warming up and are now okay. The man who rescued them found them while picking up the rubbish from the city and now has decided to keep them. THey had a photo on the front page of the paper and the kittens were just the cutest little things.

Methinks that the editor of the paper likes cats.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
I have good news to report. The Minister of Conservation has rejected this nutcases thingy, saying it is pointless in telling people how many cats they can have.

And just a few days after this article was in the paper, there was an article about a man who rescued two kittens - who were almost frozen solid and they spent days in the vet warming up and are now okay. The man who rescued them found them while picking up the rubbish from the city and now has decided to keep them. THey had a photo on the front page of the paper and the kittens were just the cutest little things.

Methinks that the editor of the paper likes cats.

I'm happy that it did not go through.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by lotsocats
Yes! The research clearly shows that our cars, buildings, power lines, and wires on radio and cell phone towers kill many many many more birds that cats ever could. So if they want to save the birds, they need to ship all the people off the island and tear down all of the buildings and towers.
BRAVO, Lotsocats! Indeed, other research shows that loss of habitat, including the poisoning of insects (bird's food) and water sources has much, much more severe impacts than cats could possibly have!! And dogs are also adept at catching & killing birds near a feeder.
post #20 of 25
I hope (animal hating Tony Blair) doesn't get ideas like this. He doesn't like animals. How dare he tell folks how many cats than can/not have. It wouldn't do to have an attitude like that here - he'd probably be blown up!!!!!
post #21 of 25
It's pretty clear to me just from a quick read that this guy is an extremist and there is no way his "recommendations" will be put into place.

They're not the first people to do something similar and they certainly won't be the last. Put in their proper perspective, they're not a bad source of amusement.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by semiferal
It's pretty clear to me just from a quick read that this guy is an extremist and there is no way his "recommendations" will be put into place.
Don't be so sure. There are many extremist groups; PETA, API and ALF, just to name a few, who get their recommendations put into place many times. This is most prevalent with private owners of exotics, but it will soon work it's way into domestic animal ownership as well. In fact, is is already beginning. Don't think for one minute, that as an owner of domestic animals, that you are immune to these groups tactics. They have huge amounts of tax exempt money to spend. You must be very aware of what these extremists are trying to do with your rights to share your life with animals or you will be faced with the same daunting task of fighting to keep your beloved pets, as exotic animal owners do now.
post #23 of 25
This guy must have said "how many times can I use the phrase 'ecological disaster' in this 3 paragraph article" I would take this guy seriously. The article is the worst article I have ever read. I wouldn't worry about a "one cat per household" law.

I actully agree with a few things he said..... Just like dogs, cats should be licensed and registered to you, and microchiped. With so many lost pets every year, wouldn't this help you get your beloved kitty back? I would like to think it would help.
post #24 of 25
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Just like dogs, cats should be licensed and registered to you, and microchiped. With so many lost pets every year, wouldn't this help you get your beloved kitty back?
I agree. I think it'd help in relocating lost pets. It would also force people to take responsiblity more for their animals as the ownership could be traced if they were abandoned. At least then they could pay the fees for surrendering the animal. I think that's why the new (NZ) that requires microchipping of all dogs is so unpopular with farmers. They'll have to start looking after their dogs a lot better now.
post #25 of 25
"He says the problem lies with middle-aged single lonely women, who dote on cats. " to quote the article.

How patronising is that!?! I'd rather a cat as a companion any day over a man like that! If that makes me 'single and lonely' - I would rather be that!
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