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Meowgling Yesterday, Hissing Today!

January 22nd 2013 5:50 pm
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Yesterday meowmy helped us 'publish' a diary about some funny heavenly happenings...
Well, today after just about freezing off her toes, since it was -10 outside...and snowy, too...meowmy stayed indoors and read the Toronto Star. Its one of the ways how she 'keeps up' with the goings on in Canada where she is from.
She got all upset and when we heard why, we had to hiss loudly, too: HISS-Meowrowl-HISS! We need to get our claws ready...

Published in The Toronto Star on Jan 22, 2013.

Cat eradication plea draws hisses from New Zealand’s kitty lovers
Published on Tuesday January 22, 2013

Gareth Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation’s unique bird species.
Nick Perry
The Associated Press

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.

Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation’s unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil’s horns. The opening line: “That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer.”

He doesn’t recommended people euthanize their current cats — “Not necessarily but that is an option” are the site’s exact words — but rather neuter them and not replace them when they die. Morgan, an economist and well-known businessman, also suggests people keep cats indoors and that local governments make registration mandatory.

Morgan’s campaign is not sitting well in a country that boasts one of the highest cat ownership rates in the world.

“I say to Gareth Morgan, butt out of our lives,” Bob Kerridge, the president of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the current affairs television show Campbell Live. “Don’t deprive us of the beautiful companionship that a cat can provide individually and as a family.”

For thousands of years, New Zealand’s native birds had no predators and flourished. Some species, like the kiwi, became flightless. But the arrival of mankind and its introduction of predators like cats, dogs and rodents has wiped out some native bird species altogether and endangered many others.

“Imagine a New Zealand teeming with native wildlife, penguins on the beach, kiwis roaming about in your garden,” Morgan writes on his website. “Imagine hearing birdsong in our cities.”

But many New Zealanders are against the campaign. Even on Morgan’s website, 70 per cent on Tuesday were voting against making their current cat their last.

Morgan could not be reached on Tuesday.

And the science remains unclear. Some argue that cats may actually help native birds by reducing the population of rodents, which sometimes feed on bird eggs.

Morgan’s separate personal blog, in fact, has a separate campaign to raise $1 million to eradicate mice from the remote Antipodes Islands, where rodents are the only predators.

A 2011 survey by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council found that 48 per cent of households in New Zealand owned at least one cat, a significantly higher rate than in other developed nations. The survey put the total cat population at 1.4 million.

In the U.S., 33 per cent of households own at least one cat for a total of 86 million domestic cats, according to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products Association.

Scientist David Winter said cats are indeed a problem in New Zealand, having contributed to the extinction of at least half a dozen New Zealand bird species. Writing on his blog “The Atavism,” Winter said Morgan’s campaign appeared designed to “start conversations.”

Still, he added, “What hope is there for environmentalists in conversation where our side wants to take people’s kittens away?”
( There are tons of comments under that article, too...catroversial fur sure...)

Come and help us HISS! What about all our furends here in Catsterland who dwell there in NZ?? If we HISS loudly enough maybe that dude will think again, well appawrently he wasn't thinking too clearly at least about us loving cuddly furs.
I bet all my whiskers that that dude has not ever had a kitty of his own. HISS

Hmmm, maybe that's why meowmy used a lot of birdies in her kitty pics lately! MOL!


Leave A Comment | 6 people already have

Purred by: Wan-Lea Wendy Avalon (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2013 at 6:01 pm

Purred by: ♥Harley-Dreamette 2 (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2013 at 6:37 pm

BOO HISSS....... meowmy read this too & posted to her FB page....just terrible...hoomans always blame the felines when really it is owner neglect or error!
Purred by: Tiny Tot (Catster Member)

January 22nd 2013 at 10:25 pm

Hissss and claws out! what is wrong with some hooomans why do they gotta be kitty cat haters?
Purred by: ☀ Charlie RIP ☀ (Catster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 12:59 am

I think that guy deserves a big HISS!
Purred by: Samoa - Diva Angel (Catster Member)

January 23rd 2013 at 8:10 am

OMC - that article was in our paper this morning! Mawmee was reading it and thinking about what all the Catster cats would have to say about it! That guy needs a good hiss thrown his way!
Purred by: Meep (Catster Member)

February 9th 2013 at 1:51 pm

Sending my mega hisses you-know-who's way.

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