Cat control Australia

‘Eradicat’ discussion Cat control in Australia – SBS television

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It was refreshing to participate in such an enlightened discussion on the responsibilities of cat owners as was conceited by SBS television in Australia. This hour long studio audience presented all the points of view on cat control in Australia but by far the most encouraging thing for me was the responsible attitude taken by the various cat caring organisations including Australia’s SPCA. It really did emphasise how far ahead of thinking in New Zealand, Australia has moved. The various States with all their requirements that cat owners have their pets microchipped and registered and the councils with their sanctions upon owners for allowing their cats to wander, are an exemplar for New Zealand which, on the area of cat confinement remains like a Wild West.

It is a shame that a similar demonstration of community responsibility and respect for the rights of fellow citizens to have their property, health and lifestyles protected from the intrusion of wandering cats, remains beyond New Zealanders. And what’s more the hypocrisy of this from a nation that pretends it cares about its native fauna makes a mockery of our self-promotion to the world as environmentally responsible. It was a privilege to participate in the debate about cat control in Australia as I have in discussions in Canada, the UK and the US now – all of which are progressing policies on cat confinement that highlight New Zealand’s negligence.

‘Eradicat’ discussion Cat control in Australia – SBS television was last modified: August 15th, 2016 by Gareth Morgan
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Gareth Morgan is a New Zealand economist and commentator on public policy who in previous lives has been in business as an economic consultant, funds manager, and professional company director. He is also a motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Gareth and his wife Joanne have a charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation, which has three main stands of philanthropic endeavour – public interest research, conservation and social investment.