I was dismayed to see in today’s paper that Zealandia, Wellngton’s sancuary for native species, is mounting an anti cat crusade. They claim that cats from neighbouring suburbs are sneaking into the sanctuary and slaughtering native birds.
“Tosh” I say, “utter tosh”. If any of these bird fancying bigots had ever tried to catch a fantail they would know that owing to the creature’s swooping, darting flight it is well nigh impossible. I only made an attempt once and nearly gave myself a nervous breakdown – the wretched bird won the contest by a wide margin and I had to pretend that I wasn’t actually trying.
The cat police at the sanctuary say that cats should be kept indoors at all times which is a denial of our simple basic right to fresh air and sunshine. Vermin such as rats, weasels and stoats are the true danger to birdlife and cats play an important part in their control.
Added to which, if the bird population is not kept in proper balance their untidy bathroom habits will soon coat the sanctuary and its surrounds in youknowwhat.
If you look at the linked article you will probably join me in thinking that this cat ‘crisis’ is simply an attempt by Zealandia staffers to keep their organisation in the headlines in the hope of gaining more leverage and inflating their importance.
- Wellington council abandons Zealandia merger (radionz.co.nz)