Over in New Zealand, a call has been made to eliminate the entire domestic cat population, led by Dr. Gareth Morgan, an economist who has created an anti-I Can Has Cheezburger website called Cats to Go. At Cats to Go, you won’t see any cute photos of cats with their heads stuck in Kleenex tissue boxes. Nor will you see any videos like this
Instead, you’ll be treated to a series of
dubious disturbing statistics that will have you grabbing a pitchfork and going after all the Fluffies and Garfields within a three mile radius of your neighborhood (if you live in New Zealand).
- Cats have contributed to the extinction of 9 native bird species
- Cats impact on 33 endangered native bird species
- One feral cat killed 102 endangered native short tail bats in a week
- Cats kill native birds. In our cities domestic cats kill native birds faster than they can possibly breed
- Around 40% of New Zealand’s native land-birds are already extinct, and of the ones remaining 37% are endangered
The problem with Morgan’s campaign against felis catus is that New Zealand has the largest per capita concentration of domestic pets in the world (the table and chart freaks can read more about that here). One out of every five New Zealand homes has two or more (two or more!) cats, which takes New Zealanders out of the realm of pet ownerdom and places them firmly into Crazy Cat Lady Territory, according to my math and this post, The Absolute Last Post I Will Make About Being Freshly Pressed.
So I don’t think Dr. Morgan is going to get a lot of cooperation from his fellow countrymen and women on this issue. He does, however, have the firm support of the two guinea pigs and three hamsters who inhabit our home alongside our cat, Noodles. In fact, the rodents are so firmly behind Cats to Go that they wish to make a donation to the cause, and would like to know if there is a need for a mouthful of damp (they were only in Nibbles’ cheek pouches briefly) sunflower seeds or excess alfalfa pellets.
On second thought, Lulubelle has a feeling she may get hungry later, so those pellets aren’t excess after all, therefore, she will just remain in her cage and chant, “Sí se puede!” every so often.
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