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Cat curfews for the North

By johnboy 6 September 2011 45

Simon Corbell has announced cat curfew regulations are being extended to Crace, Coombs, Wright, Lawson and parts of North Watson:

The new cat curfew areas adjoin significant conservation areas that contain critical habitats for several threatened species including lizards, insects and bird species that are susceptible to cat predation.

These include the nationally vulnerable pink-tailed worm lizard and striped legless lizard, the perunga grasshopper which is considered vulnerable within the ACT and the Canberra raspy cricket, which is confined to the Canberra region. Several threatened and declining woodland birds, including the white-winged triller, varied sitella and diamond firetail also feed and nest in neighbouring vegetation.


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Hanksinatra 2:17 am 02 Dec 11

so they were introduced to reduce vermin…like cane toads..brilliant

poetix 9:18 am 08 Sep 11

Jim Jones said :

Thumper said :

Please everyone stop cat hating. If you took some history lessons and found out how beneficial the domesticated cat (and dog) for that matter have been to human civilisation you wouldn’t be so quick to hate on them

It’s a little known fact that a cat designed the pyramids.

Oddly enough, cats could be said to have made the pyramids possible … in a roundabout way.

The cat is accepted to have been domesticated in Ancient Egypt when wild cats took up residence around grain stores and lived off the vermin that was eating (and often contaminating) one of the most important food resources. Because they provided such an important service protecting food resources, they were worshipped symbollically (as the god and goddess Bas and Bastest). Protecting grain stores also increased the viability of food storage, and therefore making it possible for more labour to be directed away from food production and into other areas, such as – for example – pyramid production.

Which sort of proves the point that they’re efficient killers of wildlife. Beautiful and deadly.

Jim Jones 3:44 pm 07 Sep 11

Thumper said :

Please everyone stop cat hating. If you took some history lessons and found out how beneficial the domesticated cat (and dog) for that matter have been to human civilisation you wouldn’t be so quick to hate on them

It’s a little known fact that a cat designed the pyramids.

Oddly enough, cats could be said to have made the pyramids possible … in a roundabout way.

The cat is accepted to have been domesticated in Ancient Egypt when wild cats took up residence around grain stores and lived off the vermin that was eating (and often contaminating) one of the most important food resources. Because they provided such an important service protecting food resources, they were worshipped symbollically (as the god and goddess Bas and Bastest). Protecting grain stores also increased the viability of food storage, and therefore making it possible for more labour to be directed away from food production and into other areas, such as – for example – pyramid production.

JerraGirl32 2:48 pm 07 Sep 11

I’ve owned both cats and dogs for years and I have to agree about the comments being made regarding dogs. This seems to be a contradiction when a lot of dog owners allow their dogs to roam free whilst saying that they’re ‘harmless’… Yet these people have differing opinions about the ferociousness of cats.

I’ve owned (trained) dogs that have been contained in a backyard, but still managed to kill birds, lizards, mice, possums etc so I’m unsure why cats are being targeted. My former neighbour’s dog even mauled and killed a cat by escaping into another person’s yard where their cat, ironically, was contained.

I would be interested in comparing how many dogs kill and seriosuly injure people per year in comparison to cats. Let’s face it – Canberra seems to be a town of cat haters.

Gungahlin Al 11:48 am 07 Sep 11

johnboy said :

myna, please everyone, myna birds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myna

That being the feral exotic species the Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis – brown, short tail, with yellow skin bits).

But just to confuse things, the native species is the Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala – grey mottled with yellow skin bits) – also a feral and highly territorial nuisance that breeds far too well in human-modified environments, but not an exotic.

sarahsarah 11:48 am 07 Sep 11

Thumper said :

Please everyone stop cat hating. If you took some history lessons and found out how beneficial the domesticated cat (and dog) for that matter have been to human civilisation you wouldn’t be so quick to hate on them

It’s a little known fact that a cat designed the pyramids.

I am pretty sure cats invented the internet. The sheer number of lolcats is surely proof of this.

Also: link

Thumper 11:47 am 07 Sep 11

Just to be even more picky, there is a native bird called the Noisy Miner

We should tax them.

poetix 11:40 am 07 Sep 11

Just to be even more picky, there is a native bird called the Noisy Miner, spelt like that. Not to be confused with the Indian Mynah.

yellowsnow 11:21 am 07 Sep 11

johnboy said :

myna, please everyone, myna birds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myna

i always thought the scourge everyone was talking about was Indian Miners. Thanks for setting me straight

When i first came to Australia I also wondered why ‘Youth in Asia’ was such a big problem issue, until i saw ‘euthanasia’ spelt out in a newspaper one day. Combined with various comments by JW Howard and negative media stories about Cabramatta i just assumed aussies were a particularly Asian-obsessed bunch.

Thumper 10:01 am 07 Sep 11

Please everyone stop cat hating. If you took some history lessons and found out how beneficial the domesticated cat (and dog) for that matter have been to human civilisation you wouldn’t be so quick to hate on them

It’s a little known fact that a cat designed the pyramids.

poetix 9:44 am 07 Sep 11

Thumper said :

Crace, Coombs, Wright, Lawson and parts of North Watson:

So we can expect an explosion in the population of Indian Minors in these suburbs meaning that parrots and other native birds will have to move elsewhere.

I didn’t know Indian kiddies had a taste for our wildlife. Rosella curry sounds tasty.

(I know it’s already been picked up but I couldn’t resist.)

matt31221 9:28 am 07 Sep 11

johnboy said :

Well, dogs are not allowed to roam anywhere.

True but they don’t have the potential to attack and kill a small child.

Please everyone stop cat hating. If you took some history lessons and found out how beneficial the domesticated cat (and dog) for that matter have been to human civilisation you wouldn’t be so quick to hate on them.

Thumper 9:20 am 07 Sep 11

Sorry John, early morning.. 🙂

johnboy 9:18 am 07 Sep 11

myna, please everyone, myna birds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myna

Thumper 9:15 am 07 Sep 11

Crace, Coombs, Wright, Lawson and parts of North Watson:

So we can expect an explosion in the population of Indian Minors in these suburbs meaning that parrots and other native birds will have to move elsewhere.

Chop71 9:04 am 07 Sep 11

ACT = nanny state

johnboy 8:58 am 07 Sep 11

Well, dogs are not allowed to roam anywhere.

yellowsnow 8:57 am 07 Sep 11

so let me get this straight. Cats are getting banned to protect birds, but the government and RSPCA refuse to restrict dangerous dog breeds — which do a lot more damage to our society than cats. I’m yet to see a (domestic) cat maul or kill a person. Apparently to ban dogs would be to impinge on dogowners’ freedom. No one is saying the same thing about cat owners’ or cats’ freedom

Just as it is in cats’ nature to hunt mice and small birds, so it is in the nature of some dog breeds to attack people. Yet for some reason the govt picks on the former, but with dogs is happy to leave people’s lives in the hands of dog owners (many of whom will be irresponsible/absent minded or oblivious to community safety, it’s just human nature)

(PS to clarify, I’m not saying cats should not be housebound, merely pointing out gross inconsistencies in govt policy and arguing that if the same logic were applied to other issues a lot of things would need to be banned. Dangerous dogs – my pet hate – in particular)

Postalgeek 8:47 am 07 Sep 11

KaptnKaos said :

Will Dr Dolittle be visiting to tell these animals that they will not be able to kill during certain times, get a grip FFS, next you won’t be able to drive on the roads because you might hit a bird or an earless legless blind pink snakey looking wormy thing, oh wait hang on, that’s what the greens are pushing for aren’t they, vehicleless roads.

Get a grip, FFS.

yellowsnow 8:39 am 07 Sep 11

KaptnKaos said :

Do the idiots running this show not realise that it’s not the cats which are the problem, it’s us humans, obviously not.
We build – sorry I meant, sustainably redevelop (apologies for the current wank words) – these regions of the town and destroy these populous of native wildlife whether we have cats or not.

+1

Seems strange to restrict cat movements to protect the environment in the very same new suburbs which came to be by virtue of the environment being destroyed. A few rogue cats do a lot less damage to the environment that bulldozing woodland for McMansion suburbia and associated fleets of SUVs and builders’ utes. Talk about double standards. What about the rights of cats? 🙂

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