September 12, 2016 at 11:38 am #1869TrapITParticipant
Now I’m not a tinfoil hat wearing crazy, but how can a broad goal such as predator free towns/NZ be made without some how including feral and to an extent domestic cats in the strategic plan?
In the early 2000’s? Ferrets became increasing regulated and effectively outlawed through grandfathering (No breeding & selling but could keep existing pets) and a past minister of conservation had this to say:
“It makes little sense to spend sizeable sums of taxpayers’ money protecting native species if we then take no action to remove avoidable threats to these species such as the menace of escaped pet ferrets,” – Sandra Lee 2002
This idea could readily be applied to cats.
I have been owned by several abandoned cats that made lovely pets but would support some sort of regulation of cats. Maybe even only in higher risk areas given the opposition any plan like that could have?
Quite a contentious issue really as its constantly avoided and can become quite heated. Seen in anything Gareth Morgan now mentions and even a common point in the comments on the recent Picton news article.
Be interesting to hear other peoples views so long as it remains objective, particularly if there is a science based reason mustelids and rats are targeted over cats. Or if maybe cats are accounted for in these plans just subtly so as to not cop flak from cat owners?
February 20, 2017 at 7:08 am #3364bobhroddamParticipant
Hi, well I’m being a bit cheeky here. Tasmanian originally from England in the 1960s. We are currently having a debate in Tassie regarding the need for cat owners to confine their pets to their properties. Oh boy, claws are out and the fur is flying! Opponents say ‘it’s too expensive’, ‘cats are a natural pert of the environment’, ‘my cat doesn’t kill wildlife’, etc. Well, the science says otherwise.. If you don’t deal with cats, they may increase as you remove their predating competitors.
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