New Zealand man wants all cats banned from his country

Gareth Morgan thinks cats threaten New Zealand's native bird population

By Jay Kuhlman - Live In The D Producer
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NEW ZEALAND - A literal cat fight is brewing in New Zealand between bird lovers and cat owners.

A man by the name of Gareth Morgan is on a mission to rid the country of cats because he fears they threaten New Zealand's native birds.

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Morgan called on people to make their current cat, their last cat, in order to save the country's unique bird species.

On his website "Cats to Go", Morgan has a headline that reads, "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born kill."

He's calling on cat owners to neuter their pets, keep them inside, and register their cat with the government.

Many cat owners don't seem ready to jump on board with the idea.

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"It's a bit of a shock, really. I don't like the idea at all," said Brian Rushbridge a New Zealand cat owner.

Some conservationists agree with Morgan's mission to save unique bird species, but they say there are other ways to go about it.

"We should put a bell on them. The research has shown that if you put a bell even on good hunters, you can halve the number of animals that they kill," said conservationist Kevin Hackwell.

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The science concerning cats and the bird population in New Zealand is unclear. Some argue cats may actually help native birds by reducing the rodent population which feeds on bird eggs.

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