Thursday, October 20, 2005

Why sterilise?

I just spoke to a rather irate man who received a flyer one of the TNRM groups sent out listing me as the contact person. The flyer was about Sterilisation and it's importance and the man was very upset - he said Sterilisation was against his principles because it took away their God-given right to reproduce. He asked how CWS can call ourselves a welfare group if we want to sterilise the cats.

I told the man that we sterilised because we didn't want the cats to die because they are being rounded up and killed, and we think they have a right to live. I also explained that we had statements from Buddhist and Muslim groups to support this.

Also as I told him, if the cats weren't being killed, and everyone was happy, we'd be more than happy to stop sterilising. Sterilising them is to stop them from being killed.

He asked who was killing the cats, and I mentioned they are rounded up by town councils. He suggested we sue them because it is cruelty, but I pointed out to him that the method of killing them isn't 'cruel' in that the animals are not suffering when they put the cats down by lethal injection, but that we object to killing them AT ALL!

At any rate, he's going to call the town council now and ask if this is true, and he asked if he can complain about rats now to his TC.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this irate person DOESN'T OWN ANY CATS!! They will be spewing nature's creations into the estate!!

20/10/05 5:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Me too. I sincerely hope he doesn't.

20/10/05 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Existentialist Cat said...

many people have strong religious beliefs that may not coincide with the method that we go about helping community cats.

it'd be good if religious organisations can play a more active role in educating their disciples about kindness towards animals, at the minimum.

21/10/05 1:23 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We are glad for the statements from MUIS and one of the Buddhist groups in Western Australia that says sterilisation is okay.

21/10/05 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These religious statements should be "guided" into the common people's knowledge. I wonder if a survey can be done amongst cat owners to ascertain their views regarding sterilization and then we will know if AVA is keeping to its promise of implementing EDUCATION as the key to the stray problem.

21/10/05 7:11 AM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

Why does this guy want to save the cats but kill the rats?? They are both living animals in religious point of view.

i think he is a bit odd.

21/10/05 10:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I don't know if he was trying to make a point - ie that they don't do anything about rats, but they trap the cats.

21/10/05 11:25 PM  

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