Ok, my cat has never been to Aust or NZ, so if there's anything that was munched, endangered or otherwise, my cat's not to blame.
My cat, Imogene, was not from the humane shelter or a breeder (most of the breeders that I know only do dogs, not cats anyway), she was from a lady at my work whose daughter was moving and the new place wouldn't allow pets. The lady told me that either they find someone to take her (the cat) or she would have to go to the pound. Our cat Stanley, had just died and we were still fresh in mourning for him when we went out to see Imogene. Even though there were dogs running around, kids screaming and all kinds of chaos, we managed a brief look at Imogene while she was running for shelter under the couch and we were in love immediately. The lady told us that she was desexed (a/k/a "fixed") and declawed and didn't like dogs or men but loved women. It took her about a month or two to figure out that the new home was nothing like the old home and after she realized that, she was a whole new cat.
Because my cat's declawed, we don't allow her outside at all unless she's on her harness and one of us is holding the leash. She does, however, love to have windows open and if the weather's nice, glass open so she can smell things outside. We also feed her a carnivoire diet as well, but she also likes beans, rice, peas, corn, onions, and tomatoes. We don't give these to her all the time, but we will give her an occaisional bite every once in a great while (or sometimes, we don't give her anything, but have found her "helping herself" to the dinner dishes that we have just finished with). When Hub makes taco meat *ulp*, she starts the "lobbying" process before he can even get the meat out of the freezer to thaw and she's not keen on onions in her taco meat, but she does love garlic and won't eat her taco meat if it's not properly spiced. She's a smart cat, too. She does tricks for her morning treats and she tells you when her box is too full, her dish is not right, or her watermug needs filling. Sometimes, she just wants lap time and will tell you that, too. She also answers you back when you talk to her and often meows a "thank you" when you open a window or something. Like I said, smart cat.
I know there are some cat-haters here and that's ok. Just don't group cats or their owners into one collective pile of generalities. I don't buy cats and have never bought a cat, so I don't participate in the "[encouraging] the breeders to breed even more for sale". Like I said in the top of my post, most of the breeders I know of only breed dogs as cats are a "dime a dozen" and not worth much (in the breeder's mind). The only exceptioin to that would be a cat breed that is valuable or rare, but again, I do not buy cats and I certainly do not buy cats that cost more than my house. The breeders do not cause the population problem either, the people that let their cats roam is what causes the population problem and a host of other things. In fact, letting ANYTHING roam is purely irresponsible.
Cats can make a person itchy and sneezy. That's understandable. I'm also allergic to my cat, but I also take sub-lingual allergy meds that I get from HFS and it helps me out just fine. There are people that don't want to do that, though and that's fine, too. They can adopt a lizard, iguana, snake, hairy boar, whatever. Anyone can tell you that the humane centers are full of all kinds of pets that need love and affection, not just dogs and cats.
V3gan - You can't see my "fingers up" for your attitude about wanting to toss your cat out the window but I'm holding up 1 finger on the left hand (guess which one) and 2 up on the right, so that you know what I'm trying to say. If your cat upset you that badely, why didn't you give it to someone that would love it instead of making it live in an enviroment like yours being around hate like that?