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New Zealand Environmental Advocate Launches Campaign To Ban Cats As Pets
http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | January 22,2013 | FoxNews/AP

Posted on 01/22/2013 7:08:48 AM PST by Biggirl

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: cats; environmental; kittyping; napl; newzealand
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PING this over to Slings And Arrows. :)=^..^=
1 posted on 01/22/2013 7:09:02 AM PST by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl; Slings and Arrows

.. for your kittie ping list! MEOW!


2 posted on 01/22/2013 7:11:37 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Biggirl

Uh-oh. Cue Machine Gun Kitty.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 7:12:07 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Te?xas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

I like New Zealand!


4 posted on 01/22/2013 7:13:27 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Biggirl

Glorified, overgrown rats imho.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 7:16:19 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Biggirl; All

Assault Cats and Hi-Capacity Litter Boxes need to be banned... 5% tax on Friskies, nationwide registration of cat toys, moratorium on balls of yarn... and we need the newspapers to put up a map showing who has register cat toys in your neighborhood...

There will be peace in our time!

It’s for the children.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 7:18:36 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: Biggirl

Well, islands do have to be careful. Wasn’t it Guam that lost some native species of birds due to the introduction of snakes? (Where is St. Patrick when you need him?)


7 posted on 01/22/2013 7:19:49 AM PST by married21
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To: Rodamala
I just planted catnip a few days ago in the window box. Yeah, I'm a nip pusher.

/johnny

8 posted on 01/22/2013 7:22:34 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Biggirl

Here we go....


9 posted on 01/22/2013 7:24:15 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: Biggirl
Didn't they do that in Europe once, get rid of cats shortly before the rat borne Bubonic Plague wiped out a third of the population?

10 posted on 01/22/2013 7:24:43 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Biggirl

Cats ARE a menace to flightless Kiwis. But this ain’t gonna go over well with crazy cat people... (like me and my wife!)


11 posted on 01/22/2013 7:25:04 AM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: Biggirl

My baby passed away after being with me for 25 years.

If someone had come to take her before God did, he/she would know why we have a 2nd Amendment.

NZ people owned by cats must be feeling damn stupid for not having a 2A (do they?). B/C it may sound silly but this is EXACTLY the sort of thing TJ was thinking about when he and the rest of the founding fathers enshrined the 2A.


12 posted on 01/22/2013 7:31:20 AM PST by freedumb2003 (lib "think": My bumper sticker didn't go into details about that!)
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To: Biggirl

Hey, I hope this catches on with environmentalists everywhere. They’ll probably lose the single female vote over this :)


13 posted on 01/22/2013 7:32:22 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Biggirl

14 posted on 01/22/2013 7:33:46 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

15 posted on 01/22/2013 7:39:00 AM PST by Bratch
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16 posted on 01/22/2013 7:39:25 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Biggirl

This is such a horrible idea.

In a follow up article, Basement Cat assured that the guy who started the petition would be inundated with hairballs the next time he tried to go to work.

Ceiling Cat has stated he can haz no cheezeburgers, fries, or fizzy beverages in his future until this campaign is cancelled.

And for good measure, no hotdogs or pizza either.


17 posted on 01/22/2013 7:39:31 AM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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To: freedumb2003

My condolences to you on the sad passing of your cat. Wow, 25 years when having passed! One for the RECORD BOOKS!


18 posted on 01/22/2013 7:44:07 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds.

1. It's not just pet cats. More native birds are eaten by feral cats. Banning law-abiding cats won't affect illegal cats.

2. It's not just cats. New Zealand has lots of introduced bird eating mammals

No I agree native birds are getting the raw end of the deal, but what needs to be considered is: take out the top predator, will you help the birds all that much?

My solution: introduce foxes, to eat the cats. (or maybe not)

19 posted on 01/22/2013 7:47:46 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Biggirl

You can have my fluffy purr machines when you pry them from my cold, dead lap!


20 posted on 01/22/2013 7:48:14 AM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: Biggirl; GraceG; Zionist Conspirator

21 posted on 01/22/2013 8:15:31 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Back during my careless youth in paleolithic times, I and several other feckless utes, highly trained boy scouts all, were retained by the management of a game preserve to off feral cats, doubtless left by summer people, who were wiping out ground-nesting game birds.

Each Ute was issued a Hi-Standard .22 and boxes and boxes of LR hollow-points, and with a minimum of adult supervision (that'll tell you how long ago this was) we were set to our grisly task.

Several thousand rounds later, the score was Utes 3, cats a whole lot more. Cue the shotguns. 12 Ga, No. 6, Field Loads. Scores climbed. Feral kitties declined. Ground-nester game birds wiped out by several brutal winters in a row, new generation of summer-people-drop-off cats back in control.

Maybe coyotes are the answer? The Aussies have a ferocious feral cat problem, feral pig problem, feral goat problem, rabbit problem, fox problem, mouse problem, rat problem, etc. Perhaps they ought to be consulted?

22 posted on 01/22/2013 8:15:31 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, what the hell happened to Reggie Love? Who's in the playroom with Barry now?)
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To: Bratch

Stupid, brain dead cat in the picture has no idea of what that yummie eagle can do with those talons.

Kitty may get a flight on Air Eagle, and be the lunch as well.


23 posted on 01/22/2013 9:08:55 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Biggirl

Oh, my dear.....cats are just too vicious. We need to get rid of them all and find kinder, gentler pets.

Felines are nature’s perfect predator. Hunting and killing is their thing, and it would help folks to get over it, because they’re not gonna change.


24 posted on 01/22/2013 9:16:38 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Kenny,

I am amazed at your lack of multi-kulti and its application is the management of “Single Species “ programs.

As we both well know, allowing a bureaucrat to manage such a program is a reliable mechanism to diminish system productivity and to reduce species diversity.

May I suggest alerting Thebadeau & Boudereau regarding the number of cats available for harvest. Mention that cats are simply delicious in a gumbo - problem will shortly solved at no cost to the taxpayers.

My consulting bill will arrive in the morning mail.

;-)


25 posted on 01/22/2013 9:19:06 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Biggirl

As we all know, the Internet is made of pipes, and those pipes are filled with cat... If they outlaw Kittehs in NZ, I’m afraid they’ll be knocked off the Internet.

It would serve them right!

Mark


26 posted on 01/22/2013 9:28:59 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: GladesGuru

We have lost at least two and probably more domestic cats to birds of prey which swooped down and carried them off-actually witnessed by my mother in two cases.Taken from the driveway less than 50 feet from the house.

Why in heck do some people get all worked up about the “noble” hawks ,owls, or eagles when theyt are just another predator ?For that matter neither are foxes,coyotes, or wolves “noble”. They are predators who kill in order that they and their offspring might live.Not really any different from cats except cats sometimes train people to feed them.

By the way we had about a dozen females spayed but town people are always “contributing” more unwanted former pets to rural dwellers.Contributions usually accompanied by sound of car door slamming and car speding away in the dusk.

Then the burden of keep or kill the abandoned,scared pet falls on the rural homeowner.It isn’t easy to turn away a pitifully mewing or whing pet who doesn’t understand why he or she has been taken from the comfort of home and dumped out in the cold with no idea of how to survive.And when the ones that fall back on instinct manage to survive the animal is condemned instead of the cowards that dumped it.

You know, I really have no use for pet stores and puppy mills pushing out millions of cats,dogs, and “exotic” animals that add to the problems;especially when there are always lots of pets begging for a home and the SPCA kills millions every year.

If governments were run by rational people neutered pets would be fee-free-I mean NO annual license,NO initial license..THAT would do alot to encourage voluntary reduction of unwanted animals.


27 posted on 01/22/2013 9:37:37 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: momtothree; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..

Molon labe!



28 posted on 01/22/2013 10:29:21 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner

My new dream: breeding bobcat domestic hybrids.
And then sending them to New Zealand to eat their birds.


31 posted on 01/22/2013 11:00:35 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: massgopguy

I’ll be watching this thread to see the hue and cry over eliminating ‘fuzzy’ non-native predators by the very people who applaud eliminating ‘scaly’ non-native predators.

Should be...educational.

[one person’s “perfect predator” is another person’s “beloved pet”..ah..the qualitative conundrums do abound]


32 posted on 01/22/2013 11:03:33 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Biggirl

Never have been a big cat fan, but this makes me want to get one.


33 posted on 01/22/2013 11:05:36 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: Darksheare; Eaker
I've got one over here that could probably do the job herself.


34 posted on 01/22/2013 11:09:19 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL - from my cold dead hands.


35 posted on 01/22/2013 11:11:23 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: humblegunner

Beautiful cat.

Just doing her thing.


36 posted on 01/22/2013 11:11:53 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker

Australia will want to clone that cat.


37 posted on 01/22/2013 11:14:12 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Enterprise

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of cheezburgers!


38 posted on 01/22/2013 11:15:18 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Oztrich Boy; Eaker

“1. It’s not just pet cats. More native birds are eaten by feral cats. Banning law-abiding cats won’t affect illegal cats.”

States have banned the ownership of legally obtained and maintained reptiles because of a problem in one isolated area, even though the snakes pose *absolutely no danger* in those states.

See how this works?

How many people freaking out over this were all for banning snake species/pit bulls/’scary dog breeds’?

If you don’t defend the rights of other people’s pet choices, don’t cry when they come after your preferred pet.


39 posted on 01/22/2013 11:15:37 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: CatherineofAragon; TheOldLady

Thanks.
That’s Lizzy, “Miss Cat”.

Sometimes seen on FReepathon threads and Zot threads.

She is a very serious cat.


40 posted on 01/22/2013 11:22:00 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Salamander

Some PETA nuts a couple years back “raided” a reptile shop south of me.
They then dumped the “liberated” reptiles off in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area.
So for awhile you stood a good chance of finding an iguana, a swift, or a python lazing it out on various vegetation.
Until the first real freeze.

What hits the news isntead?
PETA nuts disrobing for their propaganda.
*sheesh*


41 posted on 01/22/2013 11:28:53 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: humblegunner

Gorgeous girl. Looks like one of my own. (Thought it was her for a second) - but she’s never taken out a rabbit - but has had her fair share of other rodents.


42 posted on 01/22/2013 11:31:43 AM PST by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: Darksheare

Do you recall their “liberation” of a mink farm?

The “lucky” mink were immediately smashed by cars on the nearby highway.

The others staggered off injured to die slowly and those that missed being hit, starved to death, not ever having learned how to feed themselves.

pETA is the most merciless thing on earth.

Because they’re ectotherms, non-hibernating snakes [such as our native colubrids] die horrible, slow, agonizing deaths from hypothermia.

I loathe pETA.


43 posted on 01/22/2013 11:35:30 AM PST by Salamander (Put some workboots in the drier. Recite Dr Seuss. Now you're a rapper!)
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To: Biggirl

44 posted on 01/22/2013 11:43:46 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Biggirl

I wonder if he is for those windmills that chop up birds?


45 posted on 01/22/2013 11:44:47 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: verga

Thank-you for making my day. Go for it. :)=^..^=


46 posted on 01/22/2013 11:45:49 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Salamander

I recall that, yes.
The people here who knew of PETA’s “raid” on the reptile shop were all ecstatic over it.
They never once thought it through.
Simple thought actually, “Tropical snake needs tropical heat or it dies. Period.”

Yes, I did intrude that logic into their little feel good fest.
I received a blank stare in return.

I also recall one incidetn a good long time ago where they raided an animal lab and carted monkies out.
The monkies all had such nice infections as llasa fever and dengue.
I don’t recall what came of it.


47 posted on 01/22/2013 11:46:54 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Maigrey

Miss Cat has harvested even bigger rabbits, close to her own size.
Takes squirrels out of trees, too.

Most times when I become aware of it, the subject matter is past the point of photographic good taste so to speak.

She pretty much runs things around the property.

She is a very serious cat.


48 posted on 01/22/2013 11:48:31 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Your kitteh looks like my late beloved first kitteh, who taught me everything I needed to know about all things feline and made me a crazy cat lady.

Looking at her made me so very happy and brought back some very happy memories.

Thank you for posting the picture. Please give her a scritch and a cheezeburger for me.


49 posted on 01/22/2013 11:53:12 AM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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To: humblegunner

Your kitteh looks like my late beloved first kitteh, who taught me everything I needed to know about all things feline and made me a crazy cat lady.

Looking at her made me so very happy and brought back some very happy memories.

Thank you for posting the picture. Please give her a scritch and a cheezeburger for me.


50 posted on 01/22/2013 11:53:30 AM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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