Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Feeding is not illegal

A woman feeding near a private estate in the Bedok area called up. She said that as she was feeding her cats last night, a man drove up with his wife and started telling her to take the cats home if she liked them so much. He claimed that some cats had given birth in his house. The woman does not feed too close to the houses and she also mentioned to me that all the cats she feeds are sterilised, which she explained to him. She said she asked where he lived, but he refused to tell her and she told him she did not feed in the estate itself. She appealed to him for some tolerance, but he would not budge.

She suggested he might want to get the cats sterilised, but he was not open to the idea. She then told him that he could also be hard hearted and trap the cats to be killed, but she certainly wasn't going to help him with it. He caller her a nasty old woman, and in frustration she said she tapped his car door, which she realises she should not have done.

He jumped out of his car and called the police. The police came and one of the officers insisted that she must have a license to feed - he refused to believe her otherwise. I'll need to call the police post now and clarify why this misinformation was given.


Blogger calsifer said...

This is the second time I got spooked today.

Not by the attitude of 'civilians' this time (too typically sin-gah-polean liao), but by the police. The police are supposed to be the ones upholding and enforcing rule of law - it says a lot when they're the ones involved in misinformation. Even scarier, this is not the first time - I remember the cases you mentioned where you had to accompany someone to make animal abuse reports, and the advice you gave about making police reports.

Somehow, ever since the David Hooi, serial cat killer case came to light, I'm not surprised that members of the police could be so ill-informed/unsympathetic about animal issues anymore, but my confidence in the police has certainly degenerated.

19/4/06 1:52 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I would think a righteous person of the law would be concerned about a couple harrassing an "old lady"!

19/4/06 5:16 PM  
Anonymous the letter b said...

i know this is not the right time to say this, but may that spastic return as a mouse in his next life.

19/4/06 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Jeepers! Surprising that police don't know the law.
I too encountered police ignorant in the law sometime ago, when I reported to the police that someone from the next block moved house, and abandoned their cat behind. Police said they never heard of pet abandon law implemented about 3 years ago, although it is mentioned in the Animal & Bird Act, Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Acts.
The police said that they are not in charge of animal cruelty report, and I should made a report to SPCA not the police.
SPCA said they are not in charge of investigating matters and had no power to trace the new address of the abandoned cat owner, hence this is a police matter.
I went to the police station for 3 consecutive days and each time they refused to take my report.
Thanks to our blogger Dawn Kua help, I brought to the police a copy of the Animals & Birds Act, then finally they took down my report.
Gee Whiz! And we always thought the police knew the law better!? Shocking huh!

19/4/06 8:33 PM  
Blogger auntie p said...

*gives incredulous look*
Okie, with so many cases of such ignorant officers, if I should ever encounter such examples personally, I shall make it a point to take down their names and complain to MHA that our officers who are supposed to uphold the law do not know what they are supposed to uphold.

21/4/06 2:24 PM  

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