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Proposed cat ban in New Zealand infuriates cat owners

  • Published at 02:55 pm September 4th, 2018
Cat in Wilderness
Cats are considered as a threat to birds, lizards, bugs and plants in New Zealand Big Stock

Environmental authorities proposed the initiative as cats are a threat to birds, lizards, bugs and plants

A small village named Omaui, located on the southern coast of New Zealand, has planned to ban all domestic cats in order to protect wildlife, reports BBC.

The initiative was opened for discussion on August 28. 

The initiative was taken by “Environment Southland,” under which cat owners in Omaui are required to neuter, microchip and register their cats with the organization.

The proposed cat ban has infuriated the cat owners. Nico Jarvis, one of the villagers described the initiative as "an absolute shocking one.”

In addition, after their pet dies, cat lovers will not be allowed to get a new one. 

Bio-security operations manager, Ali Meade told the BBC: "There's cats getting into the native bush; they're preying on native birds, they're taking insects, they're taking reptiles - all sorts of things.”

Dr Peter Marra, the head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre said: “Cats make wonderful pets but they shouldn't be allowed to roam outside.” 

Cats, ranked among the 100 worst non-native invasive species in the world, have long been seen as a danger to eco systems.