An even bigger crime than abuse
I'm very heartened to see so many people outraged about the abuse case relating to David Hooi. I have to say that every time another case gets reported, the response gets louder and more people speak up about why it's wrong.
What I think is a real problem though is that while we sit here and mourn this poor kitten that was killed, we're STILL killing 35 cats on average a day. 35 healthy cats are being sent in and killed generally because there's a complaint.
What sort of message are we sending out as a society? That some forms of killing are acceptable, but others are not? One complainant asked me why he could not kill the cats himself since if he called town council they would kill the cats for him anyway? In a way, it made sense to him I think because he would actually be saving manpower and resources by taking matters into his own hands.
We can't save the kitten that was killed - but we CAN save the 13000 cats to be killed every year. Abuse is terrible, and I take my hats off to the volunteers who stood up bravely and confronted the abuser. What more needs to be done though is to stand up and say that we do not want town councils or management committees to take the easy route anymore and waste money to kill cats.
Let's speak up about an even greater outrage - that we're taking the easy way out and not solving the problem by killing cats when we need to look at a longer term approach like cat management.