Friday, July 28, 2006

The link between abuse and trap and kill?

It isn't as far fetched as it sounds. When I looked at the David Hooi article the first thing that came to mind was that I had just been told about a complaint by someone in the same area. According to the person who emailed, the person had just complained to the town council and she was worried about the cats there.

I do believe this email may have some basis as this is not the first complaint that we have heard of in the area and the town council has trapped the cats there in the past(including sterilised ones).

Now most people will realise there is a difference between abuse and trapping and killing. However someone comes along like David Hooi, who has been diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder. If he sees the town council trapping the cats, what is he going to think? That it's perfectly okay to take the cats away and kill them.

It does not even take someone with a personality disorder to make this leap - I have had someone ask me once why he couldn't just get rid of the cats himself. He said it would save everyone the time and money if he just took them away and got rid of them himself. It was only when I explained that abusing a cat was against the law that he said he would go through the proper channels (which might still of course involve trapping and killing). Quite a few people do make veiled threats on this matter - fortunately most do respect the law and when warned will not take matters into their own hands.

If the culture of complain and kill is often seen to be the solution though, then cats' lives are seen to be valueless. They are just pests to be gotten rid off. If we are taught that anything that is an inconvenience should be done away with, then I worry about our future as a society.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's not just david hooi, Dawn, i think many people take the tone from the authorities that it is "ok" to take the life of a cat since they are a menace, spread SARS, etc. i am sure some people think the only good cat is a dead cat and feel they are justified cos the govt seems to think so too!

28/7/06 11:51 AM  
Anonymous yskat said...

I think the main difference between "trap & kill" and "abuse & kill" is WHO authorises the killing. Our society, like all others, have a set of rules that says that it is not ok if Party A does this or that thing. However, if the same thing is done by Party B, it will be considered ok, sometimes even necessary.

28/7/06 12:25 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Indeed the means are different but the end is still the loss of lives of the cats. One is "legal" abuse and one is "illegal" abuse.

28/7/06 12:29 PM  
Anonymous mr giggles said...

So true... the difference is only who the killer is. And TC officers always use the word, "Cull". I've had to correct them many times, it's not "cull", it's "kill"!

People don't realise that when they compain and ask cats to be "removed", i.e. "killed", they are also killers, not much different from the likes of David Hooi.

TC officers, too, don't realise that when they are so happy to call in the pest controllers, that they are also killers.

I certainly would like to see flyers, banners even advertisements to educate the public on the definition of killers: people who complain, people who are intolerant of all creatures other than themselves, trigger-happy TC officers, parents who teach their children that animal lives are worthless and therefore they can be ill-treated and abused, drivers who think nothing of running over an animal even if it were safe enough to stop or avoid hitting it... these are the real killers.

28/7/06 12:52 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

This reminds of me a NDE (Near-Death-Experience) of a man who dealt with sale of weapons. In a moment of clarity, he "saw" the suffering that each weapon has caused - the victims and the families of the victims. When our actions, direct or indirect, result in harm, we will still have to reap the consequences. Only we are too short-sighted to think we are free of the results because the results are not immediate.

28/7/06 1:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Mr Giggles - that's why we use the word kill. Culling is also actually incorrect - it is to thin the herd for the healthier members, which is not what we're doing.

We also don't want people to sugar-coat it. It IS killing.

28/7/06 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Human beings should have the compassion to love and respect animals and should have the consideration for the feelings of the feeders and caregivers who spent so much time, money and efforts on these strays. We must be kind to animals, and also kind to people. This is the least and the basic we must do.

Abusing and killing animal is a crime. Rounding up and having them killed is also a crime. When killing is concerned, this is bad karma.

30/7/06 11:23 PM  

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