A regional council in\u00a0New Zealand\u00a0has proposed banning all domestic cats in an attempt to protect native animals.\r\nEnvironment Southland\u2019s \u201cpest plan\u201d calls for all domestic cats in the region to be neutered, microchipped and registered. Then, when a cat dies, residents would not be permitted to have another.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re not cat haters,\u201d John Collins, of the Omaui Landcare Trust\u00a0told Newshub. \u201cBut we\u2019d like to see responsible pet ownership and this really isn\u2019t the place for cats.\u201d\r\nAli Meade, the council\u2019s biosecurity operations manager, said that if the move was approved the improvement for the environment and bird life would be vast.\r\nSubmissions on the pest management plan close at the end of October. However, not all members of the community are happy with the idea.\r\nOmaui resident Nico Jarvis\u00a0told the Otago Daily Times\u00a0that she was shocked and planned a petition against the plan. She said that her three cats were the only way to combat a rodent problem in the area. \u201cIf I cannot have a cat, it almost becomes unhealthy for me to live in my house,\u201d she said.\r\nJarvis likened the plan to living in a \u201cpolice state \u2026 It\u2019s not even regulating people\u2019s ability to have a cat. It\u2019s saying you can\u2019t have a cat.\u201d\r\nThe move comes as New Zealand works on an ambitious goal to become\u00a0predator-free by 2050. That plan is devoted to wiping out introduced species of rats, stoats and possums.\r\nThe plan, announced in 2016, says that the government estimates the cost of introduced species to the New Zealand economy and primary sector to be NZ$3.3bn (\u00a31.76bn) a year.\r\nCats\u00a0have also come under the spotlight for their tendency to target native birds.\r\nKapiti Island\u2019s Kotuku Parks\u00a0subdivision has a no-cat rule and\u00a0Auckland council is also looking at a plan to euthanise any cat\u00a0caught in an \u201cecologically significant site\u201d without a microchip.\r\nEconomist turned parliamentary candidate Gareth Morgan has long proposed wiping out cats from New Zealand as a way to protect native species from what he called \u201cnatural born killers\u201d.