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Re: These two!!

Post by Hen-Gen » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:45 pm

Marigold wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:58 pm
What a good thing you don't live in New Zealand!
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... g-all-cats
Sad but necessary. They tried to do it here but more draconian ie. men with guns at a time when all pet owners would be instructed to keep their cats in and anything found out would be shot. After a public outcry the whole idea was scrapped.
In the Hebrides hedgehogs are being trapped and transported to the mainland for release. Mink are being shot wherever they are encountered. The issue of introduced animals and plants is something that needs to be addressed. Fortunately in the UK as the pine martin moves south the grey squirrel is on the menu and the lighter, nimbler red squirrel returns.
But compassion for imperfect cats. Can only be applauded LadyA. Hope you manage to get them rehabilitated.
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Post by LadyA » Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:26 am

Marigold wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:58 pm
What a good thing you don't live in New Zealand!
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... g-all-cats
I saw that! And I can understand their thinking, but seriously? Surely there's a solution, like not allowing them to roam? I know people who have "catios" , enclosed areas with a wire or netting roof, so their cat can have some outdoor time, but can't wander the neighbourhood.
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Post by MrsBiscuit » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:11 am

They routinely have cat hunts in Western Australia, or at least they did several years ago. Although I was a bit taken aback by the very idea, I do understand it. There were also large tracts of land with poison down, and big warning signs everywhere (lets hope the indigenous wildlife can read) although I forget what that was for.
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Post by LadyA » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:51 am

MrsBiscuit wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:11 am
They routinely have cat hunts in Western Australia, or at least they did several years ago. Although I was a bit taken aback by the very idea, I do understand it. There were also large tracts of land with poison down, and big warning signs everywhere (lets hope the indigenous wildlife can read) although I forget what that was for.
My sister lives in NSW, and she was explaining the problems that Australia has with cats. It's not so much domestic, pet cats that are controlled that are the problem. It's feral cats. Descended from domestic cats that strayed, but she said these animals are, due to "survival of the fittest", huge! And very aggressive. She worked for the Council where they used to live (a rural district) and there was a bounty paid on feral cats killed. She said the ferals were not only decimating wildlife, but they were so aggressive they will go for people that get in their way too. Some can get to the size of a labrador. So, the law there is that all pet cats have to be registered and neutered. Only registered breeders can have unneutered cats, and they must be enclosed.
They also have major problems out there with rabbits and foxes, which were also introduced many years ago. I suppose the cats would take a certain number of rabbits, but nowhere near enough!
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Post by bigyetiman » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:30 am

We have a friend who lives in Australia, and we thought she was on something when she talked about huge cats the size of large dogs until she sent us a pic of one, it was huge and as it was standing by a post you could see it was huge. That is the problem when people take an animal to a distant land and they escape and become a nuisance. Cane Toads are another example. Grey Squirrels over here, and plants like Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, Rhododendron
Also Stephenson island out that way where the lighthouse keeper took his pet cats, and all the birds on the island were either flightless or ground nesters due to no natural predators. Several species became extinct before they got rid of the cats.
Your cats are lovely LadyA and very lucky
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