Doing it for the cats
I just spoke to a caregiver. Someone called me yesterday and asked me to speak to a woman who said that there was a strange man following her in the mornings when she fed the cats. She told him that she cleaned up but he was insistent that she should not do so, even though she told me that she picked up afterwards. The man showed her a tag, but she cannot read English and was so frightened she did not want to feed anymore.
The caregiver offered to go down with her. The first thing the caregiver noticed was that she fed during the rush hour right outside an MRT station. She told the woman it was best not to do so at this time. The woman insisted that it was not illegal. The caregiver agreed, but told her that the reason that they feed and look after the cats is to protect them - not put them in more jeopardy by making them highly visible. The caregiver suggested she come earlier so that there would be less human traffic.
Secondly, she realised that the cats were really full and very fat. She said the cats only ate a few mouthfuls and were full. The caregiver told the woman it was quite possible that there was someone else already feeding them.
The caregiver saw the mysterious man but he disappeared so she'll go down again tomorrow.
I agree with the caregiver - you can insist on your strict legal rights and be allowed to feed whenever you want, but why bring trouble to the cats? It's not that people should be afraid of feeding because it isn't wrong, but it CAN bring the wrong kinds of attention to the cats. Who suffers at the end of the day?