I don't necessarily agree with Gareth Morgan's extreme views and ideas regarding how we should manage the issue of cats in NZ but I have to say he does raise some good points regarding what cats do and how people don't look after them.
OPINION: I have lived at Awarua Bay for 25 years now and will soon be moving away. Over this time I have pretty much lost count of the number of animals people have dumped in the area. I think the ones I have seen are just the tip of the iceberg as well. I often see cats running off the road when they are feeding on road kill or becoming road kill.
Thousands of animals are dumped every year through out the country. Most common is the mother cat with a fresh batch of kittens. Newsflash people: rural people don't want your animals. What they want is for you to take responsibility for them yourselves.
Starving, diseased cats running loose around homes is not very nice to deal with. Just so you know the whole truth.
I own several traps. Possum traps actually but they work for cats as well. They are live capture traps. Once caught the animal is euthanised quickly.
Shocking isn't it?
What the hell did you think was going to happen? This is not a Disney Movie playing out in your nice warm lounge where the little kitty gets a new family sadly.
The SPCA does wonderful work looking after, desexing and rehoming thousands of animals throughout the country. Why? Because so many supposed cat lovers once again don't take responsibility and want someone else to do it for them.
I make no apologies for telling the truth.
This letter is designed to confront people's thinking and just maybe stop one or two people from taking that drive out to the country and dumping their once loved pets.
- The Southland Times