Friday, May 13, 2005

Temple cats

Jolanda met a nasty man last night, who had identified himself as the manager of the temple to the volunteer Jolanda was with. He wanted all the cats removed by today and said that he would get rid of them and that they should all be killed. Jolanda tried to explain to him about the vacuum effect but he refused to listen.

We would like to take this up but the volunteer is worried and reluctant to let us do so. Specifically, I am horrified (but sadly not surprised, as this isn't the first time that it's happened) that a religious institution has people running it who callously kill animals. This is of course assuming this man is who he says he is. No religion that I know would condone this - so how come people act like this?


Anonymous vegancat said...

If this temple is a buddhist temple, then this man is totally ignorant of the very basic teaching of the Buddha that teaches no killing is to be applied to all sentient beings that include animals. He should be receptive to humane solution to the problem of cat as it is based on compassion. Certainly an email to higher authorities in the buddhist community can help to resolve this problem.

All living things fear being beaten with clubs.
All living things fear being put to death.
Putting oneself in the place of the other,
Let no one kill nor cause another to kill. **Dhammapada verse no. 129**

14/5/05 12:05 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We're trying to get the exact details from the feeder. Also as the decision whether to proceed is hers, Jolanda has been speaking to her to try and convince her to let us look into this.

14/5/05 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

This reminds me of a similar incidence in a church, 2 years years ago. There was a sick, stray cat suffering from FIV (Feline AIDS) staying at a church building. The church members were afraid they would get infected with the cat FIV. Although the vet wrote a memo that cat FIV could not be transmitted to humans, the church members passed a petition to the parishioner to put the cat to sleep or relocated the cat to another area.
The cat care giver, reluctantly and tearfully bring the cat to the vet and had it put to sleep, as the cat was very ill and following the vet advice FIV cats would often fall sick, could not live long and there is no cure for FIV cats.
One of the church members mentioned to me "animals have no souls".
I mentioned that Jesus mandates kindness and mercy for all God's creatures.

14/5/05 10:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That is very sad. As I said, every religion that I know of is about compassion - and that includes animals. It is a real shame when people do not exhibit compassion. As I once I read some responded to the statement that animals have no soul by saying that if animals have no soul and no afterlife, then shouldn't we treat them better in this one?

14/5/05 11:15 PM  
Anonymous siew kah said...

There are several homeless cats in a church compound not far from where I live. A few days ago, I overheard a caregiver saying this to one of the cats: "be careful how you wander around. you might get caught and killed by the church people" or something to that effect.

Messages of intolerance are often embedded deeply in religious teachings in forms that are unrecognisable as such. It is therefore not surprising that even places of worship are not safe for cats.

15/5/05 8:01 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think it's more than people subvert agendas to their own - all the religious texts in some way or other talk about being kind and good to animals. Such a shame - though I am sure that there must be some religious institutions that treat their animals well.

15/5/05 8:12 PM  

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