Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Economist calls for cats to be eradicated in New Zealand

Cat lovers are outraged over a call for cats in New Zealand to be eradicated. Economist and businessman Gareth Morgan has set up a website called Cats to Go that encourages people to make their current cat their last. "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural-born killer," his website says.

"Every year, cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment." Morgan said his website "deals with some of the myths and white lies we tell ourselves" to justify owning a cat. I am advocating responsible pet ownership, not for people to bop their pets on the head ... When their cat dies, I think people should consider not replacing it."



However, Morgan's website goes as far as to suggest people euthanise their current pets as "one option" for pet owners. "We appreciate the fact that you have an emotional connection with your pet and that pet ownership is a rewarding experience ... but there's a real problem with cats - they kill for pleasure." SPCA Canterbury chief executive Barry Helem said Morgan's views were "a bit extreme".

"To reduce the over-population of cats, it is important that pet owners de-sex their cats to reduce the number of stray, unwanted animals that may become a problem to native birds." He said some people believed cats were "more of a benefit than a threat" to native bird life as they were an effective population control measure for rodents. "A cat may kill one native bird, but a rat will clean out an entire nest of eggs. Cats actually help maintain the natural balance of native birdlife more by eradicating rodents," he said.

There's a news video here.

6 comments:

WilliamRocket said...

No mention of the eradication of wildlife caused by humans and their so called progress.
Apart from destroying most of the forests so cattle can be fattened and then murdered, apart from building their houses over the homes of a million wild creatures, apart from putting Tarmacadam roads over burrows and nests, killing every living thing that is not human, and apart from the pollution that kills off 22% of marine life within 1 kilometre of the coastline, a number of humans go out into the country and take pleasure in killing wild animals for fun.
Mate, leave the cats alone, heal yourself.

Anonymous said...

It would help to start eradicating economists... once we break the need for unbounded econmic growth fed by the rape and pillaging of nature, the brds would be much, much safer.

Anonymous said...

Cats should just be eradicated full stop. Awful things.

Anonymous said...

Cat people are crazy. Try not to draw their attention and they generally won't attack.

e said...

AS a cat person...
i think Cats should be removed from NZ, they do huge amounts of damage to the local bird population there ( that have no natural predators). They are far more destructive to the local bird population then humans WilliamRocket...maybe you need to stop reading the sensationlist envirnmental news.

p.s Cats kill for pleasure too

Jill said...

Economist, not Ecologist?? Not sure that's his area of expertise then. That kinda baffles me...