There is a city in New Zealand that could quickly ban cats.
The Otago Daily Times reported this week that the New Zealand government has announced a plan to ban all cats from the village of Omaui.
The plan would stop people from buying new cats. Current cat owners should be required to castrate, microchip and microchip current cats living in their homes, The Daily Times reported.
"So your cat can live his natural life in Omaui, happily do what it does," Biosecurity manager Ali Meade told NewsHub in New Zealand. "But if it dies, you could not replace it."
Why the ban? Well, according to NewsHub, the cats of the community have hunted indigenous birds in the nature reserves of Omaui.
"There are cats in the native wilderness, they are based on birds of prey, they take insects, they take reptiles – everything, they do a lot of damage," said Meade.
Omaui Landcare Trust leader John Collins said they have tried to make the area better for birds and lizards.
"We are not cat lovers, but we would like to see responsible ownership," Collins told NewsHub. "And this is really not the place for cats."
But residents are surprised by the move. Resident Nico Jarvis told The Otago Daily Times that she will not stick to the new policy.
It does not matter how many (rodents) I fall and poison, just keep coming in from the bush, & # 39; she said. "They chew in your house, you can not get rid of them." If I can not get a cat, it becomes almost unhealthy for me to live in my house. & # 39;
She said that the majority of the community would support her petition to end the ban.
& # 39; & # 39; The community here absolutely understands the conservative side of things, but I think in the long run, the ramifications of this are not something that even non-cat owners feel comfortable with, "she said. "It's like a police state, it does not even regulate the ability of people to have a cat, it says you can not have a cat."
Yet cats form a big problem worldwide. Dr. Peter Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, told BBC News that cats led to the extinction of 63 species around the world.
Marra said that "the situation got out of hand." He does not blame cats.
"Instead, he blames people who have allowed the population of cats in the world to flourish to unprecedented levels," the Miami Herald reported.