Friday, October 28, 2005

ST Article (28-10-05)

ST Article (28-10-05)
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Who wants to bet no one sees the fact that it says that no one has caught bird flu from cats, but will focus on the cats instead?


Blogger vegancat said...

I am not surprised at the blame on every other animals for the cause of one viral pandemic after another except ourselves.
After bird flu, there will be another and yet another, as long as we stay in the denial mode that the cause of all these pandemics is the way we want to make maximum profit from animal food trade.

28/10/05 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They call it birdflu and blames it on the cat...only "humans" can think of such logic.

28/10/05 1:54 PM  
Blogger The Imp said...

lynch the stupid person who decided this photo to be used. this powerful image will stay forever.

28/10/05 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we write in or get SPCA to write in to object to such a MISLEADING picture being used? It not only suggests bird flu being passed to human, but suggest STRONGLY that cats are aggressive. Not a good picture at all!

28/10/05 3:48 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

During the SARS crisis, a number of cats were rounded up for testing and we waited with great anxiety for VB to announce the results. I think this kind of anxiety will continue to "plague" us. It is a dilemma to continue to publicize this or to gently forget about this and hope that paranoia has not taken root yet.

28/10/05 3:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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28/10/05 4:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree with Vegancat - if we write in, we risk highlighting it. The point is that they've tested cats - it doesn't mean that other animals can't catch it. The researcher behind this is the same guy who tested SARS in cats I believe.

And Imp you're absolutely right - it's a very powerful photo.

28/10/05 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

I think we should write in to emphasize some important points. There are people who are wise but they need some press articles to prove their arguments with other misled, misguided, ignorant people.

I don;t think we can continue to keep silence everytime a cat picture is used as mis-interpretation.

28/10/05 5:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree, and we have written back several times about these articles, but the article actually says you can't catch bird flu from cats. The only thing we can object to is the photo.

28/10/05 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

The article on cat probably causes bird flu, not only appeared in Singapore Today newspaper, it is also featured in worldwide AFP / Yahoo! News - titled "Indonesia, puzzled over bird flu cases, investigates cats as spreaders".

Why blame the cat from SARS, asthma, allergies, bird flu etc.

When the SARS virus was found in civet cats, it wasn't long before the Agrifood and Veterinary Authority of Singapore started trapping and killing cats, even though tests on 140 samples proved negative.

Doctors too find the cat a convenient scapegoat. Many people rehome or euthanize the cat, only to find that they are allergic to house-dust mites, furniture polish or dust from a new carpet.

Poor cats! They are always blamed on most diseases!

28/10/05 8:48 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Cats suffered being the victims of "witch-hunt". Perhaps decimating cats buy time and temporarily allays people's fear by thinking that the problem is being solved. Cats and other animals can't picket (hmmm...come to think of it, we two-legged can't picket too!) for such injustice!

28/10/05 9:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think that it's easier to get cats then say mosquitoes (dengue) or birds (Avian flu) and people want to feel like something is being done. It's the same reason we see cats being trapped even though the cat people complain about is a completely different cat!

29/10/05 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Existentialist Cat said...

The headline and the photo really sensationalised the news report (as usual). They should highlight the fine print too that cats are likely not going to pass flu to humans.

29/10/05 2:01 AM  
Blogger yskat said...

This is really the media's position we are seeing here. People working on avian flu are likely to be doing all kinds of test as part of their investigation. But it is the media which decides which aspects of the these investigations they want to focus on. As cultural critics like Edward Said has pointed out, there is very little investigative reporting even in countries with the most "advanced" media. I think it is a good thing that newly emerged electronic platforms such as blogs are challenging the domination of traditional news media.

29/10/05 10:40 AM  

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