Cat-free Isles?

Prominent New Zealand economist and environmentalist Gareth Morgan wants his country 100 per cent cat-free and he’s willing to go extraordinary lengths to make it a reality. Cats are a “friendly neighborhood serial killer” of birds and other wildlife, Morgan said in The New York Times. He has called for the neutering of all living cats in New Zealand to ensure that this is the country’s last kitty generation and has gone as far as to encourage citizens to set up cage-traps on their properties to snatch wanderers. “Our natural environment is arguably our greatest asset,” Morgan told The Atlantic. In New Zealand we have a ridiculously large opportunity to monetize our environmental assets and we are letting it slip away.”

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