Gareth Morgan wants cats gotten rid of. Claiming that the pets threaten New Zealand's native birds, the activist launched a website, Cats to Go, to convince his countrymen and women of the feline threat.
Citing reports that cats have contributed to the extinction of 9 native bird species and that 37 percent of those remaining are endangered, Morgan says that every one of New Zealand's cat addicts are to blame.
"If you’re a cat owner reading this, you are probably thinking that the above statistics don’t apply to your cat," he writes in his site's FAQ. "The fact is that your furry friend is actually a friendly neighbourhood serial killer."
He does not propose slaughtering them, however, instead asking New Zealanders to "consider not replacing your cat" when it dies.
Bob Kerridge, the president of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told Morgan to "Butt out of our lives" in a statement given to local TV show Campbell Live.
“A cat-free anywhere is not a good area,” says [Kerridge]. “I love birds and I love cats and I believe in nature doing its thing – why interfere with that? I think as soon as we start to interfere with nature, we start to interfere in an area we really shouldn’t.”
But Mr Morgan says saying ‘leave it to nature’ is risking extinction for our native species. He says contrary to the cute, cuddly image we have of kittens and cats, they “just love killing things”.
At his blog, Morgan also links to a campaign to get rid of mice on the Antipodes Islands, where the tiny rodents eat native birds' eggs, rare insects and other ecological treasures.
Despite his arguments, clearly laid out under headings such as "Your cat is not innocent" and "NZ without cats", a poll at the site is currently running 70 percent to 30 percent against his proposition.
The office I work in is full of things old people buy to make themselves feel young again. I can honestly say that our awesome new toy, The Swagtron T3 Hoverboard, makes me feel very, very old. I’ll explain why later. Swagtron T3 Pros There’s no way to overcharge the battery and that means no […]
One thing that’s consistent among amateur pool players is that they unknowingly stand up during their shots. Just as in golf, pool players need to keep their heads down and stay still after they shoot in order to hit straight. The DIGICUE helps keep shots consistent by letting you know every time you’ve had extra […]
A leaked memo from Apple CEO Tim Cook to his staff explaining why he met with Donald Trump — a guy who called Apple traitors for refusing to defeat their own security — explains the rationale: “tax reform.”
You know as well as I that writing complex, long-long form text requires significant organization. You’re probably also well aware that Word just isn’t up to the task. That’s why I’m a huge fan of Scrivener, the software suite used by best-selling authors and technical writers alike.Scrivener is much more than another digital typewriter. With a […]
Looking to upgrade your weekend? Here are three randomly awesome products on my mind this week.#3 FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth EarbudsAs more and more phones and gadgets switch to Bluetooth-only compatibility, you’ll need to get Bluetooth headphones like the rest of us. I’ve been super impressed with these affordable magnetic headphones. Pull the magnetic earbuds apart to auto-connect […]
Traditional folding wallets are designed for paper bills—but these days, carrying cash is rarely a necessity. More often than not, I don’t carry cash at all. This Bogui Clik Wallet is the best answer I’ve found for avoiding the hassle of those tight-fitting credit card pockets.This attractive, minimalist wallet features a protective lip, so my cards don’t […]