Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Gareth Morgan offers SPCA $5 per euthanised cat

Gareth Morgan offers SPCA $5 per euthanised cat

In response to a challenge from the SPCA to help fund the prevention of cruelty to animals, Gareth Morgan has offered a Bounty of $5 per free-ranging, homeless cat euthanised at an authorised facility. The Bounty would be payable to the SPCA but is conditional on the SPCA declaring it will not release one more cat into a free ranging, non-confined environment.

Under their ‘Saving Lives’ policy, some SPCAs are releasing cats into the environment. They no longer euthanise any cat that they can’t find a home for; instead they trap, neuter and return stray cats to where they were found. Gareth Morgan has also called for people to stop donating to the SPCA until they end this policy.

“This has to stop –if the SPCA bothered to work out the mathematics of cat reproduction they would find they have to neuter between 71-94% of all free-ranging cats in order to stop these colonies growing. Meanwhile the cats are still killing our most valuable national asset, our native fauna. SPCA have asked me for a donation for their operation, I will fund them if they all stop releasing cats they can’t find a home for and euthanise them instead,” Morgan said. “SPCA is nothing more than the Society for Protecting Cats. They care nothing for our native animals, nor for the cruelty inflicted on them by the pests they are introducing into our environment. Bob Kerridge has said that this is somehow natural, I find his perspective decidedly sick. There is nothing natural about what his people are doing, they are environmental bandits”.

The “Free Range Cat Bounty Regime” is aimed at ending the wandering of domestic cats on to other people’s properties, as well as the disposal of colonies of free ranging cats (sometimes known as strays, other times known as ferals). Under the Free Range Cat Bounty regime, all cats turned in to authorised disposal facilities would first be tested for microchips to determine ownership. Owned cats would be returned to their place of residence, ideally with a fine for the owner.

“Why am I doing it? Ultimately I want to reduce the population of stray and feral cats and incentivise cat owners to take responsibility for their cats.” Morgan said.

The Cats to Go campaign has sparked a lot of debate, here and overseas. 70,000 people have visited the site. It has been reported in the top media outlets around the world. The Cats to Go message has also been supported by a study that came out yesterday in the world’s top science magazine: Nature. Cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds in the States, more than four times previous estimates and are the top threat to US wildlife That research also reiterated that neutering cats and releasing them into roaming colonies does not reduce numbers of free ranging cats at all.

“Not everyone likes the message, but at least we are talking about managing the impact of cats on our native wildlife. I’ve actually been amazed how many people are right behind us because it’s pretty controversial stuff. For example, 40% do not want cats coming on to their properties, and 80% want the SPCA to stop releasing cats into free range colonies. The eyes of the world are on us, this is an opportunity for New Zealand to show some leadership.” Morgan added.

For more information visit www.catstogo.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Delivering': Joyce On Budget 2017

The new operating investment in Budget 2017 includes:

· Investing in a Growing Economy – $1 billion over four years to keep building a sustainable growing economy, including a further $373 million in the Innovative New Zealand Programme.

· Building Public Services - $7 billion over four years to deliver the public services for a growing country...

A key part of the Budget is a $2 billion a year Family Incomes Package, which is designed to provide better rewards for hard work, to help families with young children meet their living costs, and improve incomes for those struggling with high housing costs. More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election