To protect native wildlife, the New Zealand government announced a plan to eventually ban all cats in the village of Omaui. Ali Meade, biosecurity operations manager for Environment Southland, said the proposed plan would prevent people from purchasing any new cats — and require owners to neuter, register and microchip any current felines they have at home, the newspaper reported.
Cats are currently considered non-native predators and New Zealand wants to eliminate all non-native predators by 2050. Then again, humans could be considered non-native predators and given a choice, would you rather have a cat or another person living in your home? At least cats are clean and cute, which can’t be said of many humans.