START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

New Zealander Wants to Ban Cats as Pets : Discovery News


Animals  (tags: nature, wildlife, pets, birds, killing, protection, wildanimals, animals, cats )

Kevin
- 665 days ago - news.discovery.com
Economist Gareth Morgan is worried that domestic cats are threatening the very existence of New Zealand's native bird population.



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

Christeen Anderson (538)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:42 am
Ridiculous.
 

katarzyna phillips (6)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:23 am
"-Get a bell for your cat. They may be less than 50 percent effective but every bit counts
-Get your cat neutered if it has not been already
-If you have a cat, keep it inside
-Overcome your denial, domestic cats are an environmental threat, donít replace your cat
-Sign a petition lobbying local governments to require registration and micro-chipping of cats, to provide eradication facilities for unregistered cats, and encourage people to trap and turn in unwanted cats on their property"

quite wise words really. if you want the native fauna, you have to be aware that cats are killers and love to kill birds for fun and sometimes to eat. that's their nature. i've had a many number of birds deposited at my friend's house who has a few cats, it's about 3 a week! so it's not "Ridiculous". it's 'fact'
 

Mary Riley (937)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:14 am
House cats by definition should be kept in the house. I constantly battle cats in my yard. They kill a lot of birds.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 7:05 am
Keep them in the house.
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 12:15 pm
I love all animals so i get them worrying about the birds i really do even though i have tons of cats lol but banning cats isnt the answer especially when there are simply cheap solutions like putting a jingle bell on your cats collar so birds hear them coming alsoo a brightly colored collar help birds to see cats the audubon society suggests colors like purple or yellow because they are bright! sometimes keeping cats indoors isnt an option but if your cat will stay in it does help
 

Danuta Watola (1210)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:42 am
noted.
 

Tess M. (22)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 7:07 am
I bought a beeping collar (lets out a high pitched beep as the cat jumps, warning other creatures) which cost way too much, but then found a bell actually worked better! My cat gets very distressed when she can't go outside - she was a rescue cat and doesn't like feeling trapped - so keeping her in isn't an option. Banning cats altogether isn't really the answer - as unpleasant as it is, the cat is only doing what it has done in nature for millennia. Coloured collars and bells will make a small difference, but you can't do much to alter nature of this kind.
 

Natasha Salgado (563)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 7:23 am
Keep sucking on that crack pipe. Hey there Mr.Morgan, there's a very fantastic program that benefits both humans and cats and it's called '' SPAY AND NEUTER ''. Give it a try,i hear it's fantastic!!! Thanks for this posting.
 

Simon Tucker (7)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 7:42 am
Are cat lovers in denial about the damage they do or do they simply not care? It is estimated that domestic cats kill over one billion birds and goodness only knows how many small mammals and reptiles each year in the UK. If a dog killed with the abandon of most cats it would be put down. Cat owners abdicate all responsibility for their pets: I am sick of clearing up cat faeces from my back garden. How many children have been born with toxoplasmosis as a result of pet dog and cat owners not clearing up after their animals in other people's gardens? When it comes to cat owners controlling their animals' activities they just shrug their shoulders in a "what do you expect me to do about it?" sort of way. I expect you to neuter or spay it, put a bell on it and keep it indoors at night and out of my garden during the day. Is that too much to ask?
 

Sheila S. (66)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 8:01 am
No need to give up having house cats - just keep them in the house! Duh! Safer for all involved - no wounds from fighting, no exposure to diseases, no flees = longer, healthier life!
 

Sheila S. (66)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 8:03 am
correction - should be "fleas" Thanks!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 8:09 am
maybe New Zealander wants to ban people??we kill everything, including birds , very sad :((( thx:)))
 

jules r. (7)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 9:08 am
noted , but but ban cats , what planet are these people living on ,
 

katarzyna phillips (6)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 9:11 am
"Cat owners abdicate all responsibility for their pets: I am sick of clearing up cat faeces from my back garden. How many children have been born with toxoplasmosis as a result of pet dog and cat owners not clearing up after their animals in other people's gardens? When it comes to cat owners controlling their animals' activities they just shrug their shoulders in a "what do you expect me to do about it?" sort of way. I expect you to neuter or spay it, put a bell on it and keep it indoors at night and out of my garden during the day. Is that too much to ask? "

most cat 'owners' DO NOT care what their cat does when it's out. if it craps in my garden, well that's not their problem, is it? but if my dog craps in theirs, well, it's a different matter altogether! poo is poo, regardless of the animal and should NEVER be left in a public place or be at the responsibility of another person's house. especially if they don't even have pets!

putting a bell on it and keeping it indoors at night would be a dream come true!
 

Ellen G. (345)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 10:46 am
All pet owners-common sense goes along way. Whether it is a dog, cat etc...your pets safety matters.
Wildlife can also eat or kill your pets.
Banning everything on this planet isn't a solution either.
 

Sun c. (95)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 11:26 am
What an idiot. What about people? Airplanes? People mostly cause species to become extinct. Then maybe he should try to ban people too.
 

iveta cer (70)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 12:18 pm
100% agree with Ellen !!!
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 7:29 pm
Humans are systematically tearing this planet apart. Should we begin termination of humans or banning humans??
I am flabbergasted at the stupidity of this issue!!!
There is always another way to handle situations such as this one.
WHERE ARE THEIR HEADS AT???!!!
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 9:54 pm
Surely there must be some other ways to protect the birds. This is very extreme.
 

Nimue Pendragon (269)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:12 am
It's not the fault of the cats, people brought the cats there.
 

Anneke Andries (257)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:58 am
another hate campaign; those 'estimates' are rubbish
 

Debbie Williamson (272)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:00 am
noted
 

Sau t. (77)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:49 am
It is very interesting that most if not all birders or twitchers are male and white ? Birds are one of the many species in the wild, yet birds, the only thing birders truly care about often include other living things even though they hardly give other species a minute from their bird watching sessions to make their need sound more important. This guy is Not native to New Zealand since he is white. So he too is an invasive just like the cats he demonizes , and dogs and livestocks which I am sure have replaced the native species. Once wilderness now is grazing ground for cattle and lambs. Once pristine land now is filled with cars, building, damns and roads. Vechicles that this man loves to drive, yet road kills all wildlife except birds ! Some birds.
 

Sau t. (77)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 12:39 pm
Katarzyna! How can anyone claim to be against animal cruelty when u are advocating death sentence to all stray or abandoned or lost cats? What about your dogs which are also predators and non native ! And birds are not environment since they are only one little species among hundreds of thousands on earth. Twitchers , please do not get so dramatic and over value your obsession and stop being so cruel and arrogant so much as to tell others what NOT to have as pets ! Take a good look at your own demons first , are u a bit smarter than cats whose I.q. equal to a 2 yr old human baby?
 

Nimue Pendragon (269)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:25 pm
It is in the nature of a cat to kill birds, however it is possible to teach them that it's wrong. They are smart and they can learn. Your neutered cat won't kill birds (after the first one) if you teach him not to. I have done this with several cats.
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:32 pm
Absurd :-0:0 LEAVE THE POOR KITTIES ALONE !!!! Tnx Kevin for the Post :0
 

Sau t. (77)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:59 pm
Notice these birders who wish to post as concerned conservationists only shine lights on birds , predation by cats on land of the well off , ruled by the Angelo's. what about the over 500 of lions killed by rabies spread by dogs in Tanzania? And stray dogs that hunt in pack on antelope in Kenya wilderness. When there are only 3000 lions in seregentti national park (world heritage ste) yet over 500 lions died each time (happened twice) by rabies from domestic dogs, and even the extinction of the African painted dogs die to the same disease from pet dogs, I do hearsuch outrage or demonization or campaign to end all dogs by the same folks who care so much about wildlife and environment. And the death of the highly endangered lemur tigers whose lives were lost due to rabies from dogs. And not to mention poaching of tigers, killing of polar bears, cougars and wolves by hunters with the aid of packs of hunting dogs. Lastly , if foxes could speak, they would declare dogs as killers to wildlife and the environment.
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 

 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.