Wednesday, October 12, 2005

It's not illegal to feed

I just spoke to one of the caregivers who said that there is a man threatening to call the police when she feeds the cats. She gave him a Responsible Feeding brochure but he didn't bother and he claims there are ants going into his flat (how this is related to her feeding the cats downstairs, when she cleans up is beyond me). She said she had seen him attempt to kick the cats.

He stopped her this morning and said he'll call the police so she asked what to do. If someone does bother you, tell them that you WOULD like them to call the police so you can report them for bothering you. This is of course after you have tried explaining to them what you are doing, and they continually ignore you and harass you. Most people are reasonable, but some people will not listen to reason - in which case call their bluff. If you are feeding responsibly and feeding, then there is nothing to worry about. Feeding is NOT illegal as long as you clean up so don't be worried about the police. Just explain what you are doing and do it politely and calmly - this will be a good contrast especially if the complainant is yelling and screaming.


Anonymous mrs budak said...

Good one. It will take presence of mind for one to think of doing that when being threatened, but I think it's appropriate if the person is threatening and beyond reason.

You might have to end up educating the police, though. But since the police is there, might as well bring in the thing about kicking cats and bringing their (the man and the police) attention to the Animals and Birds Act. That should deter the guy for a while!

12/10/05 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

As long as there are "Don't feed stray cats" posters in HDB notice boards, people can always assumed it is illegal to feed stray cats.
Hope Town Council changed the words to "Feed Cats Responsibly. Clean up after feeding."
Then stray cat feeders can feed cats in peace, without harrasment from cat haters.

12/10/05 4:59 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - and it can be very intimidating when you're a lone woman and there is a large man yelling at you. This is of course, only when you've tried to reason with them already, but some people try and bully caregivers by invoking the police and this shouldn't happen.

Yep - I mentioned to her she should mention the potential abuse as well.

I agree Aminah - those posters can be misleading. Do speak to your town council and encourage them to put up alternative posters.

12/10/05 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

More than a year ago, I already approached Town Council, to removed the "Dont Feed Stray Cats" posters. TC refused.
I even asked MP help. MP also refused to have the sign removed, as TC been receiving many complaints on dirty cat feeding.
They claimed the signs not going to changed those irresponsible cat feeders bad habit of not clearing up cat food leftovers.

12/10/05 6:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Then perhaps the town council speaking to them will - but something must be done or everyone is bothered, town council, residents and caregivers. No one wants to live in a dirty estate.

12/10/05 6:17 PM  

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