Sunday, February 3, 2013

New Zealand's cats in the doghouse

The statement on Kiwi businessman Gareth Morgan's Cats to Go website reads: "New Zealand is the last refuge of a huge range of bird species, we’re famous for our claim to be clean and green, and some of us have recognised the huge economic benefit, let alone the ecological dividend, from achieving a Predator Free New Zealand. But the vision is flawed. Almost half of Kiwi households have a cat (or two) making New Zealanders the world’s biggest cat owners. Cats are incredibly effective hunters and are wiping out our native birds..."

The cartoon, by Malcolm Evans, is from the Manawatu Standard of January 23, 2013.

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