Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Irresponsible feeders

One of the caregivers called me up - they came down to trap the cats in her area and trapped two unsterilised cats that were actually around the corner from where she feeds and which another feeder looks after.

She called the officer and the officer said they are going to trap any cat because there have been complaints that there are irresponsible feeders in the area. The caregiver reasonably pointed out that the cats aren't the problem but the feeders - and that they needed the town council to help crack down on these people littering. If not, when new cats move in after the existing cats are caught, these people littering will just feed these new cats again.

The officer apparently told her that the feeders came out after working hours by which time she is not working so she couldn't talk to them. The caregiver promptly asked her why they couldn't try and catch these litter bugs but they COULD send pest control down early in the morning to trap the cats to which the officer had no reply.


Blogger vegancat said...

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12/10/05 10:22 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Good. We need to learn how to rebuke these town council officers reasonably and refocus their tunnel vision onto the real cause of irresponsible feeding. Trapping the cats is the "easiest" solution to most of these officers and this method of solving irresponsible feeding has probably been handed down the generations of town council officers.

12/10/05 10:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I hope that it made an impact on the officer.

12/10/05 10:40 PM  
Anonymous sk said...

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15/10/05 12:05 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

the response of the officer illustrates the work attitude of some town councils:

1. not interested in finding a viable solution to a problem.
2. if something that needs to be done involves working after office hours - forget it!
3. insisting on a cause and effect relationship between two things that even a child knows is not necessarily true.

I am not sure how far such working attitude will take Singapore towards becoming a vibrant and creative global city - the vision of the government.

15/10/05 12:06 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sigh - yes it does make one wonder when one meets town council officers like this. Of course there are good officers, but sadly, this isn't the first time I've heard this told to a volunteer.

15/10/05 12:10 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

one also wonders if the tc employs such people to keep the unemployment figures low...

15/10/05 12:09 PM  

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