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    I would like to see some discussion on what would seem to be an easy and obvious remedy – require ALL cats to wear a properly-function bell.

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      Hi Jared,
      Two studies in UK and one in New Zealand show cats catch about half the number of animals they usually caught if fitted with bells. So it helps.

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    I would personally like to know to what extent and/or manner this ban would actually be enforced. Is that information present yet?

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      Hi Jared. I am not actually sure myself. I have sent out emails trying to find out since these stories matieralized what has happened. I will let you know when I get something back.

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      Hi Jared. Tasmania’s Bruny Island is the only one that has got back to me so far but I have updated that section of the article.

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    Yes, I am the author of the cat papers referenced. The diet of the two cats studied showed the same proportions of bird/mammal killed as another study of 130 cats in Wellington, as discussed in my paper.

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      Hi John. I think I have found the study of 130 cats in Wellington you mention. Is this it? -https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321936117_A_trial_of_the_LiberatorR_leap_activated_audio_visual_alarm_collar_for_cats_for_wildlife_protection_in_Wellington_New_Zealand_Unpublished_research_report_p_31_Department_of_Conservation_and_The_Royal_

      It says it is an unpublished research report. If it is unpublished does this mean it won’t have had to go through the same peer review/ process to check its reputable that a published report would?

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    Scientific evidence does not support the New Zealand ban on cats, because their main diet is rodents. These do far more harm to native wildlife than cats do, so in most areas at present cats are beneficial.
    For a short report on this, Google: Brockie Flux cats

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      Hi John. Are you the John Flux who produced this paper (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03014220709510087?needAccess=true)? Could you please link to some other sources to support the claim that a New Zealand ban on cats would not help its native wildlife? I have had a look at a news report by Bob Brockie about Dr Flux’s report (https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/97845877/bob-brockie-birds-pests-and-the-hunting-habits-of-dr-fluxs-cats) which says Flux’s paper argues that in killing so many bird predators, his cat and probably most other domestic cats in New Zealand do more good than harm, but it says his paper’s findings are based on that of only two cats. Could you please link to studies of a large sample size and add that to the New Zealand section of this article?

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