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According to the recently announced "plan to get rid of pests," residents of one of the New Zealand villages are forbidden to have cats.
The Regional Council in New Zealand came to this decision, with a specific goal - the protection of local animals, traditionally living in the country.
The Pest Management Plan obliges all owners to register their cats and file special chips for them. And after the pet dies, getting a new cat is no longer allowed.
“This is not to say that we hate cats,” says John Collins, a spokesman for the organization that brings this idea to life. “It's just that there really is no place for cats.” And we would like to see a responsible attitude when it comes to pets. ”
One of the members of the regional council confirmed that such a step would indeed lead to an improvement in the quality of the environment, in particular, it would positively affect birds.
Amendments and proposals to the project implementation plan will be made before the end of October. However, not everyone agrees with the decision of the authorities.
Nico, a resident of a village undergoing such changes, said that she was absolutely shocked by what was happening and was going to collect signatures for a petition against the “plan”. Her three cats, the girl claims, are the only solution to the rodent problem in her area.“Without a cat, my house will become almost a health-threatening place,” she says.
Nico compared the decision of the government with the actions of the “police state”: “This is not even about whether people can get a cat. They literally forbid it to start. "
The Pest Management Plan is a step proposed in 2016 as part of an extensive program aimed at a country free of any predators. The meaning of these actions is to rid New Zealand of all the ever imported "non-native" species of rats, ermines and possums.
The government estimates that the annual economic losses incurred by the country's economy due to animals imported into the country amount to 3.3 billion New Zealand dollars (equivalent to about 1.76 billion US dollars).
Cats were included in the list of pests, as they harm birds living in the region by hunting them.
Some other regions of the country are taking similar steps to get rid of cats, including the most densely populated city of New Zealand, Auckland, where a project is under consideration, according to which any cat without a filed chip seen in an ecologically important place will be subject to euthanasia.
One of the candidates for a seat in the New Zealand Parliament, Gareth Morgan, has long been paying much attention to the plan to rid the country of cats. This step is considered necessary in order to protect local species from animals from cats, which Morgan called "killers by nature."