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Correspondence With Environment Southland

On 30 March 2016 We noted in the following articles Environment Southland was seeking feedback on their Regional Pest Management Plan. With submissions about to close on March 31, we composed the following feedback and shared it with Environment Southland.

2 February 2016 - Southland Cats Could Have Curfew If Wildlife Protection Zones Introduced

29 March 2016 - 'Feral' Cat Colonies 'Threatening' Omaui

Greetings

A few ideas for your consideration: As we are not residents of Southland, all we can share is our general opinion, hopefully you will find some of what we share to be of use.

The Morgan Foundation

It seems the Morgan Foundation has a dedicated team scouring Councils throughout the nation looking for any opportunity to express their anti-Cat sentiments. They hate Cats, essentially the Morgan Foundation are nothing more than a genocidal eco-extremist hate group.

We are aware of collective lobbying activity by the Morgan Foundation.

March 2016 - Morgan Foundation Collective Lobbying Of Regional Councils

Fair chance you have received dozens of seperate messages of feedback from individuals around the country who are connected with the Morgan Foundation. If not, we guarantee you will once you get to the point of public submissions.

Please be mindful that this collective lobbying is likely being directed by Gareth Morgan and his sidekick Geoff Simmons, so realistically whatever you get from the Morgan Foundation may be best considered as being the opinion of one or two individuals rather than 50.

Wildlife Protection Zones and Night Cat Curfews

We feel night Cat curfews on domestic Cats will not achieve much beyond giving the rodent & mustelid population free reign to raid bird's eggs in the nest. As a Feline expert who has kept Cats for some four decades, not once has one of our Cats captured anything other than rodents at night. If one goes out at night with night vision equipment and observes, it's the rats etc who are going up the trees at night, not Cats, therefore we believe a night curfew could well prove to be counter productive for conservation.

Check out the following article for an example of what happened when the local amateur 'conservationists' in Raglan took it upon themselves to slay all of the domestic Cats.

18 December 2013 - Raglan Cat Killings Annihilate Local Bird life

"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."

Also take a look at Landcare Research scientist John Innes comments in this article...

Cats' Impact On Native Wildlife – Experts Respond

"When cats, ferrets and hedgehogs were targeted in Mackenzie Basin braided rivers, possums and Norway rats then ate the black fronted terns." Also "In New Zealand native forests, ship rats are the (Cats) major prey, and this little-seen predator eats many more birds than Cats do".

Night curfew for domestic Cats would be almost impossible to enforce, and that is why Wellington City Council, whilst they considered the idea of a night curfew has now decided not to go down this path as part of the 2016 Animal Bylaw Review.

Desexing of Cats

We think it essential for domestic Cats to be desexed unless being kept for breeding purposes. In which case the persons breeding Cats should be licensed breeders and the breeder provide appropriate fencing to ensure Cats who are not desexed do not wander.

We support desexing not only to prevent unwanted proliferation of Cats, but also to prevent disease, especially FIV (Cat AIDS) and prevent injuries from fighting for the right to mate.

In our experience a desexed Cat is a happier healthier Cat.

Council subsidies for low income earners to have their Cats desexed is one way desexing Cats can be encouraged.

Classification of Cats

Presently the Animal Welfare Act 1999 defines three classification of Cats. These being Feral, Stray and Domestic.

The Morgan Foundation their subsidiary, the National Cat Strategy Management Group would like to see the legislation amended to a two fold classification of Cats. These being Feral Cats and Domestic Cats who have identification. They wish this to grant them the license to commit genocide on all Cats who do not have identification, they want this because they simply hate Cats.

We think in terms of four classifications of Cats:

* Domestic Cats, this means those who have a home and at least one human who takes care of them.

* Lost Cats, which means Cats who for one reason or another have strayed from home and have not been able to find their way home and their humans would love to get them home.

* Stray Cats which means Cats which for any number of reasons no longer have a home, but are essentially domestic Cats who can be befriended and integrated into a new home.

* Wild Cats, which means Cats who have never been in human care.

We think ours is the best model.

Compulsory Microchipping

We disapprove of compulsory microchipping of Cats

Our view is the technology was designed to reunite Cats with their humans. We view the use of the technology for enforcement and the subsequent issuing of infringement notices is misuse of the technology.

We also feel the using the technology to decide which Cat lives and which Cat dies is a gross misuse of the technology.

Not everyone can afford to microchip their Cats.

If you use microchipping to determine which Cat lives and which Cat dies and you manage to kill a domestic Cat who did not have a microchip or the scanning device failed to read the chip due to imprecise usage, your staff could be before the Court facing the penalty of maximum five year prison sentence or a $100,000 fine.

Compulsory microchipping, like night time curfews would be a nightmare to enforce. You may catch a few without microchips and execute them to much fanfare, but no way is compulsory microchipping a magic wand that will result in a reduction of supposed kills of native wildlife.

Bottom line is we feel public education aimed at encouraging responsible Cat care is a far better investment of funds than unenforceable compulsory measures being cast into law.

Feline Rights New Zealand