January 23, 2013 in Nation/World

In brief: Cameron to address Britain’s EU future

From Wire Reports
 

London – Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to offer British citizens a vote on leaving the European Union if his party wins the next election, a move that could trigger alarm among fellow member states.

Cameron will make his long-awaited speech on the United Kingdom’s future relationship with Europe today. It was postponed last week due to the hostage crisis in Algeria.

He will acknowledge that public disillusionment with the EU is “at an all-time high,” using his speech in central London to say that the terms of Britain’s membership in the bloc should be revised and the country’s citizens should have a say.

Anti-cat campaign for birds; foes agree

Wellington, New Zealand – Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his anti-feline campaign.

Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation’s unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil’s horns. The opening line: “That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer.”

He doesn’t recommend people euthanize their current cats – “Not necessarily but that is an option” are the site’s exact words – but rather neuter them and not replace them when they die. Morgan also suggests people keep cats indoors and that local governments make registration mandatory.

Morgan’s campaign is not sitting well in a country that boasts one of the highest cat ownership rates in the world.

“I say to Gareth Morgan, butt out of our lives,” Bob Kerridge, the president of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the current affairs television show “Campbell Live.” “Don’t deprive us of the beautiful companionship that a cat can provide individually and as a family.”


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