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New Zealand Economist Gareth Morgan Wants to Ban Cats with Anti Cat Campaign



Cats to Go New Zealand

Economist Gareth Morgan in New Zealand wants to see cats go, or disappear in other words. He is encouraging people to make their current cat, their last cat.

NZ Anti Cat Campaign

Source: “Cats to Go

Gareth Morgan has launched a campaign called, ‘Cats to Go‘ to help eradicate domestic cats. On the website he writes, “That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer. Every year cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment.”

Why the push to get rid of cats? Morgan says, “Cats are incredibly effective hunters and are wiping out our native birds. New Zealand is the last refuge of a huge range of bird species, we’re famous for our claim to be clean and green, and some of us have recognized the huge economic benefit, let alone the ecological dividend, from achieving a Predator Free New Zealand.”

Given that in New Zealand, people own more cats per capita than most other parts of the world, it’s very unlikely that Morgan’s campaign will make it very far, rather be seen as a cat hater.  On Morgan’s website, 70 percent of people voted against making their current cat their last.

SPCA chief executive Bob Kerridge called the campaign “hare-brained and offensive”. He understands Dr Morgan wants people to stop buying new cats and to not replace pets when they die, but says, “People consider cats to be a member of the family. So he’s trying to, quite frankly, take away the civil liberties we all have to choose who we want in our home.”

Kerridge added that SPCA surveys have shown that fewer than half of New Zealand’s domestic cats killed other animals, and those that did, caught far more rodents than birds.  “Gareth Morgan is way out of line because very few native birds fall at the hand of cats, domestic cats,” Kerridge told the NZ Herald.

Morgan has suggested other ways to reduce the impact cats have on native bird populations in New Zealand. “I am advocating responsible pet ownership, not for people to bop their pets on the head. To me a responsible pet owner has their cat neutered, keeps it well fed and indoors as much as possible, and puts a bell on them.”

Gareth Morgan New ZealandMorgan’s site claims that the average household cat will bring home 13 pieces of prey each year. A video also makes other claims, such as: “Some cats will kill over a thousand birds each year,” “Every year, hundreds of millions of birds are murdered by cats,” “Cats torture their victims slowly and without mercy,” and “Cats are serial killers, cold and without compassion.”

In the video, research shows that “if you put a small animal next to an eating cat, it will pause, kill it, then return to its meal.” But in the study quoted on the website, it states that of 44 subjects, 26 did not attack the prey (more than 50 percent), and many who did kill presented defensive postures.

Scientific evidence is still unclear if it really is the cats that are wrecking havoc on bird populations. Some studies suggest that cats actually help by keeping rodent populations down, which feed on the bird eggs.

In a 2011 survey done by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, they found that 48 percent of households in New Zealand owned at least one cat, which is significantly higher than any other developed nation. The survey put the total cat population to be at 1.4 million.

For comparison in the U.S., according to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products Association, 33 percent of households own at least one cat for a total of 86 million domestic cats.

New Zealand overrun with cats: Anti Cat Campaign

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of cat ownership in the world, and at the same time the slackest and most irresponsible laws dealing with cat control. In fact there are no laws.

Cats kill an estimated 27 million birds annually here in New Zealand, which is over half a million per week, or roughly 75000 per day.

We here in NZ have not yet learned that, when we chose a cat as a pet with the intention of letting it roam free, we are making an important moral decision that will impact the lives of many of our fellow creatures.


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  1. Mike Smith

    January 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Will there be any encouragement to replace companion animals with native wildlife?

  2. hannah shepherd

    January 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Cats are the only species besides mankind that torture, maim and kill for “sport”. They carry fleas and all manner of disgusting diseased which they can give to dogs. Dhey’re dreadful beasts. Cats have to GO!

    • abatap

      January 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      And this is why women shouldn’t be allowed to vote or hold public office

    • Eric

      January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      abatap Agreed. It is an animal people. Cats are predators. That’s what they do they hunt and kill things. Birds, rodents, lizards, other cats. Its what happens in the wild it’s what happens in the backyard. If they get rid of the cats in 10 years there going to be bitching about how many fucking birds are all over the place. Shitting all over everything. We should get rid of the birds. But why because there doing what birds do……LIVE just like cats. At the same time New Zealands problem is that everyone there is a cat addict. They have more cats per person then anywhere else in the world. So maybe a limitation to the amount of cats a person can have would be the answer. NOT get rid of all the cats. THINK BEFORE YOU TALK

    • Sgt Shepherd

      January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Yeah because Dogs are naturally resistant to fleas and diseases and the only way they can get such a problem is coming into contact with cats…… god you sound like a complete idiot. You’re just another person with a low education level spouting shite they don’t really know anything about. I say this not to defend cats but to point out your ignorance, because obviously uneducated people who talk shite like you p**s me off.

  3. Robert White

    January 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    This round brown body opening part who wants to get rid of cats says nothing about getting rid of humans who destroy more wildlife and each other more than any cat ever thought of doing. He is a loud mouth who likes to hear himself.

  4. Rohan

    January 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

    The white people their nearly wiped out the Maori’s….think it is time to kill all the white people on the island.

    • hannah shepherd

      January 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      I agree. Cats are evil killers. Get rid of them!

    • abatap

      January 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      The maoris were and still are savages, we should slaughter people like you Rohan!

  5. karen harcourt

    January 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I think someone should invent a type of bell that gives off a pitch that can’t be heard well by people, but can be heard well for birds and rodents.

  6. Len

    January 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

    If New Zealand wants to control feral cats then import some coyotes. We had a feral cat problem — killing the songbirds, then the coyotes moved in and killed the cats, and now the songbirds are back. The problem is that there is no predator balance.

  7. Dave

    January 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    D’aww… they are nature’s fuzziest little killers!

  8. Max

    January 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Let’s rid the world of economists. They’re noisier, more tiresome and far less useful than cats.

    • Mr. happiness

      January 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

      That is the best idea I have ever heard. Keep the cats, get rid of this doomsayer who only needs to be right one time in his life.

      By the way, my cat thinks he sucks.

  9. Jeremy

    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Isn’t this how the Black Plague started?

    also, why not just encourage owners to keep cats indoors? problem solved..

    • j

      January 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Yes, cat owners should keep their cats indoors. In some places it’s the law. Yet, they don’t. Cat owners aren’t typically thoughtful or responsible.

    • JoeyJoJo

      January 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Admit it, you didn’t read the full article did you? lol

  10. Renee

    January 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Maybe someone should abolish mankind since we are responsible for habitat destruction, wildlife extinction, polution, etc. The measurement of destruction for cat vs. human is not even close. Mankind takes the lead by a landslide.

    • You are retarded

      January 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      You sound like a total moron when you talk like that, not sayin you are a moron. But that is the most irresponsible and most disgusting thing I will ever hear a person say. You miss the point by leauges and you clearly have little understanding of what is really going on. Please thing before you speak on such subjects and say things like “well maybe ppl should all just die” you sound like a jerk.

  11. Zack

    January 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I have complex ptsd….alot of it was from cat.hoarding done by my parents. The diseased ultimately rotted their eyes.. I burried so many cats, i ran out of room. My yard became a feline mass grave. A child should not witness such things. But when abandoned in the forest, the cats taught me to hunt. Noq i have my own home and family, and i still own multiple cats, with no plans to acquire more

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AMCA Breach: 20 Million Victims, 19 Class Actions

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AMCA previously reported that there were only 200,000 victims in the recent breach but the company, but their partner labs said there were more than 20 million.
AMCA previously reported that there were only 200,000 victims in the recent breach but the company, but their partner labs said there were more than 20 million. Photo: cbgrfx123 | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

More than 20 million and not 200,000 have fallen victim to a massive data breach that has seen medical clients using the services of healthcare billing company, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to pay for their laboratory tests in different blood testing labs across the U.S. were confirmed by the SEC filings of affected medical institutions amidst the earlier claims of AMCA that there were fewer victims.

The data breach was a result of a cyber attack that aims to phish for financial information from the website of the AMCA. The exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory services at several clinical and blood testing labs and institutions and used the AMCA billing portal.

What happened in the AMCA breach?

Data that were stolen from the victims include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details. The said information was auctioned off by the hacker in several financial hacking forums.

According to, the organization who first reported about the incident, AMCA officials, following the notification of the breach confirmed that their system has been compromised and has remained undetected for more than eight months. AMCA corroborated that the breach took place between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.

Notifications have been sent by several of AMCA’s corporate partners and clients to their customers following the disclosure of the security breach that has seen information from millions of Americans compromised.

Related: Hospitals Only Spend 5% Of Its Budget For Cybersecurity Amidst 82% Of Them Reporting To Have Been Attacked

The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).

However, neither the AMCA nor its five clients have yet to notify ALL impacted citizens by the breach making them vulnerable to a lot of cyber crimes and their financial data could be used by anyone who gets hold of the information against the persons of those who still don’t know that their financial information is floating around the internet.

The companies involved in the breach are facing several lawsuits

Appropriately, the lawsuit came into the direction of AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp regarding the incident. More than 11 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their inability to protect consumer data. The 11 lawsuits were recorded at The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on June 3. Since then, eight more lawsuits were filed against the companies in federal courts from New Jersey, New York, and California.

According to litigation experts, “If many cases are filed in federal court, any of the lawyers on any of those cases can file a motion with the JPML [..] to centralize the various federal cases that have been filed by sending all of them to a single judge for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.”

“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.

“These companies, like Quest Diagnostics, know they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data. We will fight for justice on behalf of those impacted by this breach,” added Yanchunis.

Lawmakers are demanding an explanation

The U.S. government, led by attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois has also opened an investigation on the matter. Furthermore, lawmakers and other politicians have sent letters to the responding companies to ask for an explanation of why an eight-month data breach remained undetected and to demand accountability from them.

In Washington, US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also sent a letter to Quest Laboratories demanding the company explain its vetting process for selecting AMCA as a billing vendor, and what requirements a third-party vendor has to pass. Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez also sent letters to AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp, seeking official answers on how a breach of this severity went undetected for eight months.

“The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal and financial information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises. Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial future,” said the letter sent by the NJ senators.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Is Launching A Prequel And A Possible Movie

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Source: Scholastic

Almost fours years after the last The Hunger Games movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II) and almost nine years after the first book from the trilogy was released, Suzanne Collins is returning with the famed trilogy — but this time in a form of a prequel.

Scholastic, the publishing company that distributed Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, announced today that it is publishing a prequel novel to the series, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”

Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy—The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, and Mockingjay—altogether, sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Moreover, The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five straight years).

After writing the last installment in 2010, Collins teased in 2013 that she was working on a new series, but did not say whether it was related to The Hunger Games.

This time, the novel will be set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy—the morning where Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a tribute on the 74th Hunger Games. Presumably, Katniss Everdeen played by Jeniffer Lawrence will not be involved in the upcoming novel.

Based on the previous novels in the series, 74 years before the main novels, the 13 Districts of Panem already tried to initiate a rebellion against the Capital. In the aftermath of the failed attempt, 12 Districts remained to leave District 13 to rubbles. The Hunger Games was a result and served as a reminder that all the other Districts should obediently comply with the Capital’s rule.

The novel will take place 10 years after the first rebellion and will tell the story of Panem during the “Dark Days following a failed rebellion in Panem “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the Associated Press in the announcement. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

On other news, the Lionsgate film studio, who adapted The Hunger Games trilogy into movies, is already looking forward to the next addition to Collins’ franchise given that it received praise and public attention for producing them.

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”S

Lionsgate turned Collins’ Hunger Games novels into a series of four films, dividing the last novel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, into a two-part finale. Over the course of the four movies, it earned almost $3 billion dollars an the worldwide box office with the last movie earning $653.4 million.

Collins helped with the movies as an executive producer and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie but distanced herself after she finalized Mockingjay in 2010.

Lionsgate is also known to have produced Twilight, which is one of their platinum franchises along with Collins’ trilogy. The studio earlier licensed The Hunger Games to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise.

Additionally, it starred Jenniffer Lawrence who played the main character as Katniss Everdeen in all of the four movies, which helped catapult her acting career in 2012.

Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.

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Global Ice Melting At Rates Faster Than Expected



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The global ice, or the size and number of glaciers located across cold spots around the world, is a clear indicator of the effects of global warming. With human’s excessive and consistent use of o-zone depleting resources such as fossil fuels — the rate of global ice is melting will only keep accelerating.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that based on data they have gathered since the1900s, glaciers around the globe are shrinking and melting at an alarming rate.

Arctic sea ice has been in constant general low over the years following the increasing trend of greenhouse gas. Additionally, as the frozen ground across the Arctic melts, it releases a massive amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists say that this effect could make global ice melt accelerate even faster.

A separate study found that parts of the Canadian Arctic are experiencing a rate of permafrost thaw six times the long-term average.

Meanwhile, melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland — home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet.

“Communities in #Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting, and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for increased predictive capacity in the Arctic,” Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute said in a tweet.

Olsen was referring to Greenland losing 2 billion metric tons of ice. “The high melt is unusual so early in the season but not unprecedented,” Greenland Ice said in a tweet.

Experts are calling the lost ice “not normal” considering that it equates to almost half of Greenland. Roughly 45 percent of the ice sheet surface has been melting. Usually, less than 10 percent of the ice sheet surface is melting at this time of year. According to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Wednesday set a daily record for the widest melt area on that date, with 275,000 square miles.

“I’m losing the ability to communicate the magnitude [of change],” Jeremy Mathis, a longtime Arctic researcher and a current board director at the National Academies of Sciences told Mashable. “I’m running out of adjectives to describe the scope of change we’re seeing.”

On other parts of the globe, a city in western Alaska is experiencing drastic changes to its land formations as the state’s ice and permafrost are starting to thaw away.

“Springtime in Alaska isn’t what it used to be. This is the 3rd time past 21 years we can say” warmest spring of record.” 1998 was the warmest to date, exceeded in 2016 and now 2016 exceeded in 2019. Trend +4.0F (+2.2C) since the 1970s.” Rick Thoman said in a tweet.

The continued ice and permafrost melting in Iceland are causing significant damages in terms of requiring towns and villages like Newtok in western Alaska to relocate to avoid dangers.

“It’s a real challenge because in the US there isn’t the precedence to deal with this and there isn’t the political framework to deal with it either,” said Susan Natali, a scientist and Arctic expert at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. “The numbers needing relocation will grow, the costs are going up and people’s lives and cultural practices will be impacted.

“Every year there’s a new temperature record, it’s getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it. This should be the number one urgent conversation happening right now because it’s not just going to be Alaska, it’s going to be other communities all over the US,” Natali added.

The problem does not only persist in Greenland, the Arctic or Alaska. Global ice is melting all across the globe. “The famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80 percent since 1912. Glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya in India are retreating so fast that researchers believe that most central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035 […] From the Arctic to Peru, from Switzerland to the equatorial glaciers of Man Jaya in Indonesia, massive ice fields, monstrous glaciers, and sea ice are disappearing, fast,” the National Geographic reported.

This week, the Pope has talked to oil executives in the Vatican to find solutions in the growing problem of global warming. He called for a “radical energy transition” from conventional fossil fuels and develop greener energy alternatives.

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