Thursday, August 25, 2005

Misconceptions about people who work with cats

1. They hate people.

While some people are naturally misanthropic, this applies across the board whether or not you like cats. This argument is akin to saying that if you DON'T particularly like cats then you must be a cat hater. It doesn't follow.

2. They put animals above people.

We believe in the welfare of animals certainly, but this is not a question of which is more important - it's a question of protecting the welfare of the animal and not a question of competing interests. Do most reasonable people honestly believe that because humans are supposedly higher on the evolutionary scale, that it's then okay to do absolutely anything to animals? So for amusement for example, that it's okay to torture an animal slowly to death?

3. They want cats to rule the planet (as Mrs Budak put it so nicely).

So we can name it Planet Meow and run around fetching cat food for cats all day? I don't think so. Next.

4. They're all lonely, unmarried women with nothing better to do with their lives.

Sure we joke a lot about how cats are better than husbands but caregivers cut across all social, economic and gender divides. Many caregivers are in fact in relationships or even married and have children! Shocking, I know.

5. They're crazy.

Not any more so than the people making the statement.

The fact of the matter is that people interested in animal welfare are by and large reasonable people who see that there is a problem and want to do something about it. Sure there are some people who may behave strangely - but the same can be said for any group of people.

It makes it easy to pigeonhole and brush aside animal welfare issues by pegging us as crazy or as animal lovers with no interest in other people. So we have to try our best to always put across a case rationally and with facts backing us up.


Blogger vegancat said...

The problem is not about people with a passion for cats. The problem nowadays is the people are so absorbed in satisfying their own needs, after needs, after needs, that they have no time to think about others, much less to lend a hand to help others. Anyone who finds that the joy of life is also to make the others happy, if not to lessen their sufferings, is surely a "richer" person "at the end of the day."
Whether it is Jane Godall who spends most part of her life helping the chimpanzees or anyone of us helping to speak out for the cats, it is all about compassion, that is an endangered virtue of this "advanced" age.

25/8/05 3:44 PM  
Blogger The Imp said...

naah. anyone who's tagged as a 'lover' of anything is automatically categorized into 'fanatic'. i see CWS gals and guys working so out. you're out there everyday! though it takes time, i'm sure people will realized that you guys and gals are NOT deranged, unkempt and psychotic.

25/8/05 4:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said Vegancat!

Thanks Imp, and you're right - though art lover, doesn't have quite the same ring as cat lover does it? :) The first conjured images of cultured people, the second conjures exactly what you said.

25/8/05 6:29 PM  

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