Clearly the OP has little knowledge of the world outside Noo Joyzie but for his edification:
New Zealand, being an isolated group of islands, has no native mammals so introduced species such as rats, possums and particularly cats wreak havoc on the native animals that do exist. Many birds are ground living - as they had no native predators - so cats are pretty catastrophic (yeah) especially when they go feral.
So Kiwis are not dumb - the kiwi is actually a large flightless bird and would no doubt be a good feed for Fluffles if you let him out. Australia where I live also has a feral cat population and kitty hunting in national parks is a popular sport. Boom, oh watch it's head explode. In the USA of course you have real kick ass native predators that love cat if they can get hold of one, so the problem doesn't really exist.
Fuck off Australia. You should worry more about the spiders there wiping you out than stray cats.
He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
I am a cat lover, and my cats roam free outside and yet I do agree in general with this 'movement'. If you read closely though, the real problem is feral/wild cats whose population is growing unchecked who are largely unfed so resort to catching native prey. Thankfully my two fluffles are not the problem we are talking about.
DH told me about a month ago about a law in Arizona limiting cats to 4/per household, but I can't find anything online about it. We would be screwed since we have 5 ATM. We only have one that goes outside and she is especially fond of squirrels and rabbits, heads only, we just get the decapitated bodies. I'm pretty sure rabbits and squirrels are practically pests in our ecosystem though.
I will trust New Zealanders to assess the ecological impact of cat predation where they are. I have no clue what their issues are.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related
Didn't Hawaii try to control a rat problem with introduction of the mongoose, only to be overrun with them? Get rid of the cats and we'll be ass deep in bird shit.
Lizzielou, don't pay that nonsense any mind. All/always/no/never statements are rarely true. There are even some really great people from Jersey, though you'd never know it from the OP.
ETA: started composing post before bloodorchid posted. Girlfriend, as long as you're passing out those monitors from people squirting coffee, etc. on to them while reading your posts, send one my way. LOL!
Last edited by JoanieL; 03-11-2013 at 04:53 PM.
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