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NZ’s Tokoroa is hiring a shooter to cull feral cats – watch out for your cat

Remember, all non native species to go … we’ve been hearing murmurs of doing away with cats for some time now, thanks particularly to Gareth Morgan. In Aussie they’re dropping 1080 laced sausages for them. Moving along everywhere isn’t it. Still, shooting them in a built up area is hardly responsible is it? EWR

SHOOTER HIRED FOR CAT CULL

From stuff

A controlled cat culling in a South Waikato town in which “feral cats” were shot has alarmed nearby residents who say it’s unsafe to be shooting in such a built up area.

There were also concerns that their own pets could easily have been mistakenly shot.

Residents in Tokoroa’s Clyde St, which has a primary school and kindergarten, were horrified to learn numerous so-called feral cats had recently been shot in the area.

Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson confirmed a professional pest controller had shot the cats with an air rifle designed for pest control purposes.

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He’s believed to have been hired by a local agency although who is behind the cull is mystery. Local shopkeepers, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), South Waikato District Council, and kindergarten have all denied being involved. Staff at the school said they were also not aware of the incident.

“As part of his processes he notified police of his activities which is done by all professionals working in the pest control industry but we do not give ‘permission’ … because there is no ‘permission’ to be given,” Henderson said.

“As professionals it is up to them to ensure all safety measures, appropriate equipment and considerations are taken into account.”

But residents spoken to by Stuff said they had no idea the operation was to take place.

“We’ve got a little kitten and although other cats do come around I wouldn’t go around shooting them,” he said.

“I’ve heard talk that an elderly couple in the street reported them which led to it being organised. It is very concerning.”

Community Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) operations manager Helen Rabinska was shocked on hearing cats in a residential area had been killed by a pest controller.

“There is no way a pest controller would be able to tell the difference between an unowned cat and one that has an owner,” she said.

“Legally a cat is someone’s property just like a car or television. You can not just go around shooting cats,” she said.

SPCA chief scientific officer Doctor Arnja Dale said the society was not informed about the planned cull.

“The SPCA is not, and has never been, a pest control agency and did not give permission for the culling of any cats, nor did we play any part in it,” she said

“If these cats were in contact with human habitation then they are stray cats, rather than feral,” she said.

South Waikato District Council communications manager Kerry Fabrie said the council was not involved and was powerless to intervene.

“There is no legislation governing cats, unlike the Dog Control Act which governs dogs which we enact,” she said.

Henderson said legal action was unlikely.

“Having spoken to the pest control contractor involved in this incident I am confident he covered off all his requirements,” he said.

SOURCE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113566239/tokoroa-cat-cull-reveals-protection-flaws?fbclid=IwAR2AKJ6iO5qmu9ox8uG1COjwBXgufC4eqCIpS3-NtkmQVOEoxwwomFsn-AU

1080 to be used by Aussie govt to kill 2 million feral cats using aerially dropped 1080-laced sausages

Note: as somebody has pointed out already, this poisoning by 1080 is already happening in Australia. However the ‘new’ in the event is the aerial distribution. They’ve taken a note out of NZ’s shameful practice by the looks. How can anybody in their right mind assume that aerially dropping a class 1A Ecotoxin that kills everything that breathes into an environment is only going to kill what the distributor thinks in his/her head only? Like a magic wand? This is fairyland thinking. In NZ one drop alone is estimated to have killed 10,00 birds! Another, close to 600 sheep! Another, over 300 deer!   Another, 77% of native species, Kea! This is not conservation! Please wake up people!
The deadly poison 1080 kills everything.
So, is it sounding familiar?
‘Threatened species’?
Joining dots anybody?
Remember the article we posted by Jenese James? This is a must read to make sense of all this. The plan to eliminate all non native species is global but they aren’t exactly telling us that. They are simply saying they want to eliminate predators & pests. Not all non native species.
And we in NZ know already that 1080 doesn’t and indeed can’t target pests.
And sausages? Kids, pet animals, you name it will be picking these up & tasting them. Pellets are bad enough but tasty looking food?
This clearly has not been researched by the authorities. They even claim that the death will be quick (see links in article) which is absolutely untrue. A vet has deemed death by 1080 as akin to two days of electrocution.
This would all ring a little truer if we could see similar concern by the various authorities for the dwindling species we already have. DoC in NZ have seen the Kea close to extinction. Our insect populations have plummeted but do we see any urgent rush to desist from the widespread use of poisons & pesticides in the environment, known to be killing them? No we don’t & we won’t be any time soon knowing the massive profits they generate.
I am very suspicious at this extermination of feral cats. Cull them, sure, but with aerial drops that are not selective in what they kill? And with the cruel poison 1080.
If you are unsure about 1080 watch Poisoning Paradise & read ‘Why are People So Concerned About 1080?’

 

The Australian government wants to kill two million feral cats by next year — and it wants to do it by airdropping poisonous sausages. There are currently an estimated 2 to 6 million free-roaming cats across the country, and officials say they are threatening native wildlife populations.According to the Australian government, the goal is to “reduce the impact of feral predators and increase the resilience of our native species,” because cats “damage the productivity of Australia’s farming sector.” The government wants to kill two million wild cats by 2020, which it says are a major contributor to the extinction of at least 27 mammals since their introduction to the country by Europeans, possibly in the 1700s.
Part of the plan to cull the rising cat population is to bait the cats with lethal sausages made of kangaroo meat, chicken fat, herbs, spices and a poison called 1080, which is deadly to animals, according to the New York Times. The sausages are dropped from airplanes into areas with high stray cat populations. The cats allegedly die within 15 minutes of consuming the sausage.”They’ve got to taste good,” Shane Morse told the NYT. “They are the cat’s last meal.” PETA Australia calls the poisonous sausages “horrifically cruel”Along with baiting, the government is also trapping and shooting cats, in some cases. “The scientific evidence is unequivocal that feral cats are one of the greatest threats to Australia’s land-based mammals,” the government said in its “Threatened Species Strategy” plan

Some parts of Australia are taking the issue a step further, offering rewards for slain cats. The state of Queensland is offering $10 AUS ($7 USD) per feral cat scalp. PETA and other organizations condemned the policies when they were announced, but Australian officials have supported them.

The plan initially received intense backlash when it was first announced in 2015. But now, even PETA Australia “in principle recognized that feral cats hunted wildlife to a point at which species can no longer survive,” according to the NYT.

SOURCE:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-is-trying-to-kill-millions-of-stray-cats-by-airdropping-poisoned-sausages-2019-04-26/?fbclid=IwAR2VYDmV_0FpLCylpK00_sFs5wU5kTzIlmwgjHmindHvCHq-2ICPMKb0FMg


 

For further articles on 1080 use the ‘categories’ drop down box at the left of the news page. Check out the 1080 pages at the main menu, particularly the sub tab, ‘suspected 1080 poisoning cases’. Educate yourself on the risks & protect yourselves. Don’t ever touch the baits.

Finally, remember what the retired NZ MD Charlie Baycroft said recently …‘if you die from 1080 poisoning, nobody will know  because the Ministry of Health is bullying NZ Doctors into not testing for 1080′.

 

Giraffe subspecies listed as ‘critically endangered’ for first time

Giraffe subspecies listed as ‘critically endangered’ for first time

Right on topic with today’s other posting on Tahr, as the authorities cull our own NZ wildlife, anything non native according to the UN agreement signed up to decades ago without our awareness. They are expunging every non native except farm stock. Along with this plan for eliminating ‘pests’ we are also seeing the extinction of various species, planet wide. Our own native Kea are dwindling fast.

via Giraffe subspecies listed as ‘critically endangered’ for first time