Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Ever wondered why cat complainants seem to be so vocal? It always seems that they're all ready to pounce on a cat related issue - some of them are quick to ask that the cats be killed. The problem I think is that people tend to think that this is socially acceptable behaviour - ie the cat annoys me, hence I get it killed, excuse me, euthanised or put to sleep. Other people would do the same.

Being Asian, I think that one of the things that does distinguish us is that we are conscious of 'face'. So if one day, complaining against cats becomes something 'shameful', I think people will stop doing it so much (though they might resort to doing it on the quiet). And it IS a shameful thing to do - you're actually getting a cat killed.

Michelle and I were discussing this and she said if it these people could be made to feel uncouth and just plain mean for having an animal killed instead of looking for a compassionate solution, people might actually look for another way just because they're too embarrassed. They might curse and swear quietly but they wouldn't get the cats removed.

Then again, people aren't embarrassed about spitting in the street.

Still, we might reach the people who want to be seen as being cultivated and having a certain degree of finesse. After all, asking for help because a cat is defecating in your flowerpot or garden is absolutely understandable - having a cat killed for the same reason is not.


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23/8/05 6:46 PM  
Anonymous phil said...

Cats are people too.

23/8/05 6:54 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...


23/8/05 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Let cats lived up to their proverbial nine lives. Do not kill them!

Keep up your good work caring in the welfare of stray cats.

23/8/05 9:18 PM  
Anonymous the letter b said...

How about showing them a video of a cat being "euthanised" just to put the message across that their idea doesn't work?

23/8/05 10:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Aminah.

Good idea letter b - but how to get hold of such a video?

23/8/05 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in asian tradition, harming the helpless is really shameful. i wonder too how we can fit this into our rigid human-oriented values system.

the only plug appears to be religion.

23/8/05 11:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

A good point about harming the helpless being shameful. I actually think every religion says that harming the helpless is something that is frowned upon.

In fact, if you're a reasonable human being who subscribes to no religion, I still think in general people would think you were quite horrible if you harmed something harmless.

For example, people look at other people who harm children as probably being the lowest of the low. This is even for people who don't particularly love children (and yes such people DO exist!). Of course someone is going to say it's about humans versus animals - but is it really? Do you have to be human in order to be treated without cruelty?

23/8/05 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The human species sadly lack humility. Our arrogance is the cause of our mercilessly deciminating all the species and damaging the environment to satisfy our needs which are like bottomless pit. The world is exploding with human, yet countries like ours lament we do not have enough babies wheres countries like india and africa are exploding with unwanted babies. Why can't do erase country boundaries and treat each other as the same. We are just ONE EARTH! When this earth goes bust, ALL nations go up in smoke. And this ONE earth is shared by all its living beings. Killing other species will harm us in the end. But we are blindly IGNORANT!

24/8/05 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey...being in the 'cat industry', I know many friends who don't exactly love children...hahaha. But of cos they won't complain and suggest to cull the children when they misbehave or get really irritating :-)

Coming back to the discussion on religion, I don't think religion has any relation to a person's sense of compassion for the animals or shame to harm the helpless animals. Many of my friends who care for the animals have no religion to speak of. And I remember a friend who is supposedly staunch in his religion commented 'why waste your time on the cats? there are many people who also need your help.' I think they are compassionate but they tend to forget other beings also exist on earth and these beings have feelings too. Maybe the temples, churches and Mosques need to also emphasize the animals in their teachings.

24/8/05 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes definitely if religious places are more pro-active in speaking about the need to be kind to animals as a part of one's holisthic development, then the message will get across to more people. If churches, temples and mosques allow animals to come in for services, that will be really making a statement as animals are EQUALLY important.

24/8/05 10:27 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - to be humane, you don't need to be religious. However, it does fall under compassion - which all religions promote.

24/8/05 12:20 PM  
Blogger The Imp said...

wanna bet all that about 60% of these cat complainants have irritating little brats?

i hate little brats. and i view them as a sub-species.so how would the parents feel if they hear me complaining and want to KILL the little brats??

duh. cats are living,breathing things too.

25/8/05 9:36 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think they'd say you're a crazy animal person! :)

25/8/05 9:52 AM  

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