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The Consequences Of The Misconceptions Of Environmental Extremism

Division Of The Community & Granting License To Psychopaths To Kill

21 April 2013 - Morgan Blamed For Cat Killings

"Extremists inspired by millionaire Gareth Morgan are accused of deliberately killing Cats in Northland, sparking a bitter fight between conservationists and Cat lovers" Here's the url to the bloodthirsty 'conservationists' website where they proudly proclaim they have murdered 53 Cats.

http://www.baybushaction.org.nz

If you are reading this Bay Bush, we think you are sick and recommend you seek help from mental health services.

1 May 2013 - Rise In Violence To Cats Since Morgan Campaign

"Aggravated violence and cruelty against cats is on the rise in New Zealand, significantly since late January when Gareth Morgan launched his anti-cat campaign, SPCA national president Bob Kerridge says"

"Dead cats found hanging from trees in a South Dunedin park recently was one such example and the result of a 'very sick and vindictive mind'"

9 September 2013 - Raglan Cat Lover Wants Out As Killings Continue

"They should volunteer for DOC, Instead, what they do is they sit at home and kill the neighbourhood Cats, people's pets"

Stop Raglan Cat Killer Sign

Dire Consequences For Native Wildlife

18 December 2013 - Raglan Cat Killings Annihilate Local Birdlife

Ecologist Adrienne Livingston said "I am now observing the effect the marked absence of Cats is having on this suburban ecosystem. The Cat killers are known to be bird life enthusiasts but instead of helping native birds, they are enabling the rodent population to rob bird nests unchecked."

15 January 2013 - Landcare Research Scientist States "Cats Not NZ's Main Culprit Killers"

Landcare Research wildlife ecologist John Innes, is quoted in this article as stating "it was absurd to look to Australia as a model for restricting cats, because the two countries were so different ecologically". In a decade of tui restoration work, he has "never had an account of a tui being killed by a Cat". He states the main diet of wild Cats is rodents, "Cats eat a lot of ship rats. Ship rats probably eat more forest birds than cats put together" and that Cats do their best work catching rodents at night.

23 January 2013 - Gareth Morgans Cats To Go Campaign Questioned

John Innes is quoted in this article: "There is uncertainty about whether the good stuff that Cats do outweighs the bad, but the one thing that is known is that they do their good stuff at night, if you’re going to keep your Cats in at night you're stopping them doing anything good at all".

John Innes' comments match our own observations. At night, what Cats catch are rats and mice. Here in Wellington, there are presently only two types of birds who are out at night. Morepork and Kaka. These birds are way too big for Cats to catch, and they are not present at ground level where a Cat could catch them. We have seen rats going up trees at night and we would guess when rats go up trees they are dining on eggs.

Night curfews on Cats would only give the rodent population free reign to go about doing what they do. Night curfews are clearly counter productive for conservation. Therefore we must question why the Wellington City Council and other Councils have suggested night curfews as an option at all.

At least two reasons for this, and both are founded on gross misconception. First, they have looked to what is being done in Australia. In Australia they have various native rodents and marsupials which are nocturnal, and these are vulnerable to being caught by Cats at night. Here in New Zealand the only rodents we have are introduced rodents, these are considered to be 'pests'. Second, the Councils have been repeatedly subjected to collective lobbying by amateur 'conservation' zealots like the Morgan Foundation. This has occurred so often the Councils have begun to believe the opinion of the amateur 'conservationists' as fact. Gareth Morgan, Geoff Simmons and crew are NOT ecologists, they are well funded opinionated amateurs who have run both a concerted propaganda campaign via complicit factions within the mainstream media and have directed their followers to engage in collective lobbying across the nation.

September 2012 - John Reid - The Destruction Of Macquarie Island

"The changes began with the extermination of the feral Cats between 1985 and 2000 in an attempt to restore the island and its bird population to its pristine state. This led to an explosion in the rabbit population once this predator had been removed. Attempts to control the rabbits started as early as 1968 but with little success. It now appears that it was primarily the Cats keeping them in check".

"There is a life-hating, totalitarian streak about this head-set, a failure to accept the world as it is, warts and all. The ruthless extermination of Macquarie Island’s wekas, cats and rabbits in the name of Science sounds a lot like a Final Solution".

Cats Protecting Birds: Modelling The Mesopredator Release Effect (PDF 360kb)

This paper from the Journal of Animal Ecology (1999) backs up the opinion of John Innes, John Reid and others. Grab your scientific calculator, you'll need it if you want to follow along with the calculations. We're talking serious science here, and the authors' conclusions do not support the ill informed assumptions of some amateur conservation groups and misguided members of local government.

Summary

Introduced predators account for a large part of the extinction of endemic insular species, which constitutes a major component of the loss of biodiversity among vertebrates. Eradication of alien predators from these ecosystems is often considered the best solution

In some ecosystems however it can generate a greater threat for endemic through what is called the mesopredator release This process predicts that superpredators are suppressed a burst of mesopredators may follow which leads shared prey to extinction

This process is studied through a mathematical model describing a three species system (prey-mesopredator-superpredator). Analysis of the model with and without control of meso- and superpredators shows that this process does indeed exist can drive shared prey to rapid extinction

This work emphasizes that although counter intuitive, eradication of introduced superpredators, such as feral domestic Cats, is not always the best solution to protect endemic prey when introduced mesopredators, such as rats are also present.

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