High profile New Zealand businessman and philanthropist Gareth Morgan has risked turning the entire internet into his enemy and is pushing forward with his controversial “Cats-to-go” campaign in a bid to eradicate our furry feline friend from New Zealand because they are a threat to native birds.
Morgan’s Cats-to-go website states; “That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer… 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.”
Thankfully he isn’t asking people to have their beloved kittehs put down or sent away to more cat-friendly climes but he is asking that people make their current cat the last one they ever own.
He also wants everyone to get their cats neutered, microchipped and registered, kept indoors at night and fitted with a bell.
He dreams of a future where New Zealand is entirely cat-free and native bird species flourish.
Whilst I think it is commendable that Morgan is trying to save native bird species, I really don’t think asking people to stop owning cats as pets is the way to go about it. For one – it isn’t ever going to happen!! Can you really imagine the many cat-lovers in NZ suddenly giving up their moggies? No I can’t either!
The second reason I think that it is a bad idea is because there is no proof that getting rid of domestic cats will help native birds to thrive. As several other experts have pointed out, taking cats out of the equation means that the other creatures that cats kill that prey on birds like rats, stoats and other vermin will increase in numbers and therefore kill more birds.
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Source: Cats To Go