Letter: Cats don't belong in New Zealand

Last updated 12:00 28/02/2013

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OPINION: I was truly amazed by Judy Morley-Hall's comment that ''introduced animals and native birds are equally precious'' (Letters, Feb 25). Does she mean that possums, ferrets, stoats and weasels are precious?

New Zealand's native birds had no native predators, and are therefore more susceptible to be killed by predators such as cats.

Gareth Morgan has got it right. The Conservation Department said several years ago that there were an estimated 1 million feral cats in New Zealand, and they got here because of the disregard people have for native animals. One feral cat in the South Island was found to have the remains of endangered native skinks in its stomach.

Cats should not be able to be sold or given away unless neutered. That would eventually solve part of the problem. The next stage is to rid our country of the feral ones.

ALAN EASTERGAARD

Carterton

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