Monday, December 12, 2005

"Subcontracting feeding"

One of the town council officers wrote in to request a meeting today. Of course the email already annoyed me by saying they want to meet with the 'cat lovers' and then over the phone he asked me if we knew ALL the people feeding cats in their town council and if the caregivers ' subcontracted' the feeding out. Clearly to the town council, if you like cats, you must ALL know each other. I told him that clearly we cannot know every feeder and that we work only with the responsible caregivers and not people who randomly litter.

He asked if there were passes to identify the caregivers and I said that the town council should definitely look into it, which made him backpedal quickly. He wants a way to identify caregivers but doesn't want to be the one who actually issues identification.

I find this strange in the extreme. If we like cats, then we must all know each other? What about everyone who owns a car? They must ALL be friends. Or worse, people who like to eat at the same restaurant - bosom buddies for life in the same logic. Or that ALL town council officers MUST be cat hating, lazy people. So if we don't subscribe to these other fallacies, then why are people who are volunteering to look after cats tarred with the same feather as people who are essentially littering?

5 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

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12/12/05 11:49 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Town council officers work on a lot of "ignorance" and that explains the efficiency of their solutions.
My estate officer emailed me to tell the feeder at a nearby block to be responsible, again based on the widespread assumption that cat feeders are unionised members! Either they think we sniff each other out easily!!

12/12/05 11:50 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I like that - sniff each other out easily :)

12/12/05 12:34 PM  
Blogger yskat said...

This is typical of how people in a dominant social group consider those in marginalized groups - that they are all alike. By saying what he did, the town council revealed his prejudice against cat lovers, whom, in his "misfortune", has to deal with.

It would be great, though, if all the cat lovers in fact know each other. We will then be able to engage the town councils in more meaningful dialogue.

12/12/05 2:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - and it'd be nice just so that people would be able to get some support from each other I think!

12/12/05 3:01 PM  

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