Thursday, December 01, 2005

Pest control

I was speaking with Aminah yesterday about pest control personnel. While some cats go mysteriously missing between the time they are rounded up by the pest control companies and the AVA, at least some of those cats may have been released by pest control companies.

Just this morning I got a call from someone who works from pest control. This man had been asked to remove them by a certain management, but when they found there was a cost, they decided to call someone else. His wife had emailed yesterday to ask if we took some cats. Apparently they wanted to adopt the kittens but were told that they were taken away by CWS. Now the management says it was SPCA. The man and his wife asked to just take the kittens in to adopt, but were told this was not possible.

We've also heard from one town council that for the entire year they did not pay for a single cat removed - the pest control company refused to trap cats. At the end of the year, the company gave up the contract.

If you speak with some of the pest controllers, some of them do feel bad. Releasing the cats it their way of not killing them, but of course this causes other problems too. Also some caregivers can never find their cats this way. Maybe pest control companies can help to trap cats for sterilisation for people willing to pay and then release them back into the area - that would be the best of both worlds. It's such a waste of money, time and the lives of these cats that they are removed to be killed. We need a whole change of mindset to get around to this, but it's one we should aim towards.


Blogger vegancat said...

I think this is a useful idea. Give pest control a "good" job by involving them in TnR!
Now the mechanics of it?

1/12/05 1:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's always the tough part isn't it? :) I noticed in the US that there was this shift as well - that welfare groups were starting to work with animal control, and that animal control was starting to turn to TNR instead of killing.

1/12/05 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

The pest control guys do feel very bad and some are trying to handle it discreetly without being caught and lose their job. A certain Company in Bukit Timah recently ordered the strays to be rounded up. These strays are not sterilised. The GM does not want to see the cats again and even tell a staff to kill the cats. The staff stood up to the GM and said he would not do that. All the staff are told that if anyone caught feeding the cats, the staff will be dismissed. During the trapping exercise, one monkey was killed accidently. One cat who managed to escape suffered a broken leg and is recovering slowly. A mother cat gave birth during this ordeal unfortunately the babies were still born.

I spoke to some of the people there about getting the cats sterilise. The problem now is this place wants to be cat free.

1/12/05 2:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

If thy're willing to start a TNRM programme, we'd be happy to go down and help by speaking with them and to speak to the management with them.

1/12/05 2:40 PM  
Blogger yskat said...

Yes, getting the pest control companies involved in TNR would be an obvious win-win solution (and no-win for those who complain that cats scratch their cars...)

1/12/05 7:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Mediation would handle the cats on cars hopefully. Of course for people who refuse to have a cat on their car at ALL, it's going to be a problem, but then these are the same people who probably want the birds to stop defecating on it, the leaves to stop shedding on it, etc.

1/12/05 11:47 PM  

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