Paw Outcome? New Zealand Council Proposes To Ban All Cats

Submitted by: daegog 3 weeks ago in News & Politics

The Police State has finally reached New Zealand!

An excerpt from The Guardian: A regional council in New Zealand has proposed banning all domestic cats in an attempt to protect native animals.

Environment Southland’s “pest plan” calls for all domestic cats in the region to be neutered, microchipped and registered. Then, when a cat dies, residents would not be permitted to have another.

“We’re not cat haters,” John Collins, of the Omaui Landcare Trust told Newshub. “But we’d like to see responsible pet ownership and this really isn’t the place for cats.”

Ali Meade, the council’s biosecurity operations manager, said that if the move was approved the improvement for the environment and bird life would be vast.

Submissions on the pest management plan close at the end of October. However, not all members of the community are happy with the idea.

Omaui resident Nico Jarvis told the Otago Daily Times that she was shocked and planned a petition against the plan. She said that her three cats were the only way to combat a rodent problem in the area. “If I cannot have a cat, it almost becomes unhealthy for me to live in my house,” she said.

Jarvis likened the plan to living in a “police state … It’s not even regulating people’s ability to have a cat. It’s saying you can’t have a cat.”

The move comes as New Zealand works on an ambitious goal to become predator-free by 2050. That plan is devoted to wiping out introduced species of rats, stoats and possums.
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Male 530
FYI.  Perhaps you're a cat lover. Perhaps you abhor the lazy critters. Either way, when you see a cat lounging on an armchair, napping all day but for the occasional stretch or window gaze, "useless" is by no means the last word that comes to mind. Cats, beloved or otherwise, don't radiate the message that they're indispensable, hard-working members of the household, or the world.

 But, in fact, they're just playing it cool (as usual). Experts say that if all the world's cats suddenly died, things would quickly go to hell in a handbasket.

 Cats, both pets and strays, may fool us into thinking that they depend on our food and trash for survival, but according to Alan Beck, professor of veterinary medicine and director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University, they're expert predators with adaptablehunting behaviors. "They are a significant predator of small animals, and can survive as almost solitary animals when the prey is scarce, while thriving in high density when the prey is abundant," Beck told Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience.

 And that's just why we'd miss them. By killing mice and rats in barns and grain storage areas, cats are vital for keeping those pests in check. In India, Beck said, cats are believed to play a significant role in lessening the amount of grain loss caused by consumption or contamination by rodents. In other words, it may be true that humans feed cats, but without cats, humans would have less food in the first place. [Why Do Cats Bury Their Poop?]

 So, how dramatically would the rodent population increase if cats suddenly vanished? It just so happens that several scientific studies have been conducted that paint a vivid picture. A 1997 study in Great Britain found that the average house cat brought home more than 11 dead animals (including mice, birds, frogs and more) in the course of six months. That meant the 9 million cats of Britain were collectively killing close to 200 million wild specimens per year — not including all those they did not offer up to their owners. A study in New Zealand in 1979 found that, when cats were nearly eradicated from a small island, the local rat population quickly quadrupled.

 And if the rodent population shot up, this would of course trigger a cascade of other ecological effects. On that same island in New Zealand, for instance, ecologists observed that, as rat numbers increased in the absence of cats, the population of seabirds whose eggs rats preyed upon declined. If the approximately 220 million domestic cats in the world all bit the dust, seabird populations would likely fall worldwide, while the populations of non-cat predators that prey on rats would be expected to increase.

 "All species have an impact," Beck said.

 And let's not forget the emotional toll that a mass cat death would take on us humans: "In this country, cats are much loved by many. While there are more dog-owning households (38 percent) than cat- owning households (34 percent), there are actually more domestic cats than dogs because cat owners own more of them. Cats as pets have always been appreciated for the contact, relatively low maintenance, and pedomorphic (child-like) face and general morphology."

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Male 972
mentott510 good comment! I agree, there's more to this than a simple 'one size' solution.

Cats, even domestic house pets, can be death to rodents and birds alike. Most cats prefer rodents, but house pets are less fussy.

I hope NZ plans to get rid of the invasive rats and other things too, at around the same time.
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6,384
As they should. Cats are the second most destructive invasive species in New Zealand.
Although so much damage has been done I think it may be too late.  
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Male 2,375
Great idea. Worked out well for Europe in the 1300's 
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Male 6,708
oobaka I thought they ate the cats for food rather than banning them.
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Male 9,342
daegog I believe he's referring to the Bubonic plague.
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Male 2,375
normalfreak2 Yup. Kill all the cats because, you know, religious idiocy...rats flourish. Fleas flourish as well. 25 million dead.

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Male 44,403
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Female 5,268
hold on a minute while I make a whole bunch of upset noises, cause this issue is bigger than it appears and you guys just opened a very unpleasant can o worms.
erggggggggggg
umppppphhhhhhhhhhhhh
argggggggggggggggggptft.

First of all, I wouldn't really give a shit if they did this. Cats are horrible creatures.
Secondly, NZ should be predator free, we have a whole bunch of native delicate ass stupid birds that cats kill all the time.
Thirdly, unfortunately, cats probably do a lot of good keeping the mouse and rat population down. so getting rid of cats might see us in some sort of Australian level mouse plague...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCOorXAjVno
The horrible cats that I have kill lots of mice. and rats. So no cats would mean some sort of intensive campaign of rodent extermination. Which means poison. Which leads me to the bad part. New Zealands dirty little fucking secret that you probably don't know about.
1080.
New Zealand has been trying to be predator free for quite a while now, to protect our forests and native fauna, and our government, in it's infinite wisdom (i.e. no wisdom at all cause they are all a bunch of fucking idiots- different country- same kind of politicians) have decided the best way to do this is to indiscriminately drop massive amounts of highly toxic poisoned baits all over the fucking show to kill pests.
newsflash.
Its kills everything, including the native fauna, and poisons the entire ecosystem.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF-Iqot9SOs&t=303s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrCQZ1B4ks0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcF53Ojc3n4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKBHIop0riw
If it means killing everything, I'd still take the cats.
but wait, why not drop this directly into the water supply of the largest city in the country?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKB1q5JDNvY&t=268s
2 years ago.
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/08/auckland-council-planning-1080-bombardment-in-hunua-ranges.html
whats happening next week...
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Male 7,275
Good bye  gormt meals 
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Male 44,403
Makes sense. Cat's destroyed Hawaiis bird population.
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Male 6,708
The real reason?  The Cheesing has gotten out of control in New Zealand!
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Female 6,149
daegog That's the first thing I thought of :D
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Male 7,275
melcervini me too
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Male 1,080
I'm moving to New Zealand!

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Male 972
It is becoming a choice between cats and native wildlife, along with those other invasive species. :/
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6,384
gohikineko true but it's impossible to get rid of white people
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Male 8,668
Seems like a good idea.
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