Kidney transplants for cats
I was talking to Pearl today and the programme will air on Channel News Asia next week. It appears that kidney transplants in cats is becoming increasingly common. There is a Singaporean lady who flew her cats to the US to do the transplant. I was asked if it was ethical and whether it was too extravagant to spend so much money on one cat.
In terms of being ethical, if the cat is being adopted I don't think it's such a big issue. For example, there are so many cats being killed here every day, but no one seems to ask if it's ethical to be putting these cats down for no good reason. I would not agree with harvesting organs, but if BOTH cats can be saved and a homeless cat which was going to be put down now being given a second chance of life, why not?
In terms of whether it is too extravagant, I think it's very hard to say what is right or wrong in a case like this. The money could have been used to save many other cats (or people or any other cause you want to insert in here) of course, but I think it's understandable that if the cat is a special cat of yours, most of us would try our very best to save the cat. For many people, cats are a part of the family. Some people's means are just greater than others.
I'll let you know when the programme airs.