Officials in New Zealand plan to ban domestic cats to protect birds

A small town in New Zealand wants to ban cats under a new & # 39; pest plan & # 39; to protect native wildlife, saying that domestic cats have a high cost in native wildlife, killing a large number of birds (stock image)

A small town in New Zealand wants to ban cats under a new & # 39; pest plan & # 39; to protect native wildlife.

Cat owners in the small community of Omaui in Southland will need to have their feline friends des-sexed and microwaved, placed on a council list and monitored until the time of their death.

"Your cat can live his natural life in Omaui happily doing what he is doing," Omaui biosecurity operations manager Ali Meade told Newshub.

"But when he dies, you can not replace him."

A small town in New Zealand wants to ban cats under a new & # 39; pest plan & # 39; to protect native wildlife, saying that domestic cats have a high cost in native wildlife, killing a large number of birds (stock image)

A small town in New Zealand wants to ban cats under a new & # 39; pest plan & # 39; to protect native wildlife, saying that domestic cats have a high cost in native wildlife, killing a large number of birds (stock image)

Cat owners in the small community of Southland in Omaui (pictured) may need their feline friends to eliminate the sixth and be embedded in chips, be included in the council list and monitored until the time of death.

Cat owners in the small community of Southland in Omaui (pictured) may need their feline friends to eliminate the sixth and be embedded in chips, be included in the council list and monitored until the time of death.

Cat owners in the small community of Southland in Omaui (pictured) may need their feline friends to eliminate the sixth and be embedded in chips, be included in the council list and monitored until the time of death.

The new drastic changes can spell the end for all cats in the coastal city, and those who want to buy a new or replacement cat that violate the Pest Control Law.

Environment Southland has proposed changes to help protect biodiversity in the area.

Ms. Meade said that the rules and regulations to monitor the ownership of cats in the area would have a great positive impact on the environment.

She said tracing cameras had been taping cats in the area to monitor the damage they are causing to native flora and fauna.

"There are cats that go into the native jungle, take advantage of the native birds, take insects, take reptiles, all kinds of things, they are doing a lot of damage," he explained.

The new drastic changes can spell the end for all cats in the coastal city, and those who want to buy a new or replacement cat that violate the Pest Control Law (stock image)

The new drastic changes can spell the end for all cats in the coastal city, and those who want to buy a new or replacement cat that violate the Pest Control Law (stock image)

The new drastic changes can spell the end for all cats in the coastal city, and those who want to buy a new or replacement cat that violate the Pest Control Law (stock image)

Omauri is home to 230 hectares of lowlands and forests where native birds live like the dovetail (left), the brown vine, the gray warbler, the bright kingfisher of the cuckoo and the tui.

Omauri is home to 230 hectares of lowlands and forests where native birds live like the dovetail (left), the brown vine, the gray warbler, the bright kingfisher of the cuckoo and the tui.

Omauri is home to 230 hectares of lowlands and forests where native birds live like the dovetail (left), the brown vine, the gray warbler, the bright kingfisher of the cuckoo and the tui (right)

Omauri is home to 230 hectares of lowlands and forests where native birds live like the dovetail (left), the brown vine, the gray warbler, the bright kingfisher of the cuckoo and the tui (right)

Omauri is home to 230 hectares of lowlands and forests where native birds live like the dovetail (left), the brown vine, the gray warbler, the bright kingfisher of the cuckoo and the tui (right)

"People have another option," Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said earlier in the year. "Are birds and native wildlife, like lizards, insects that want to thrive, or is it the cat?" (In the image: the brilliant bronze cuckoo)

Omauri is home to 230 hectares of lowlands and forests where native birds live like the dovetail, the brown vine, the gray warbler, the bright kingfisher of the cuckoo and the tui.

"People have another option," Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said earlier in the year.

"Are birds and native wildlife, like lizards, insects that want to thrive? Or is it the cat?

But the proposals have angered local residents, who say they will file an active petition and have accused the council of behaving "like a police state."

Resident Nico Jarvis told the Otago Daily Times: "It's not even regulating people's ability to have a cat. He's saying you can not have a cat.

Presentations on Southland's regional pest management plan can be made until October 23.

"There are cats that go into the native jungle, take advantage of native birds, take insects, take reptiles, all kinds of things, they are doing a lot of damage," said Omaui's biosecurity operations manager, Ali Meade (image of stock)

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