Tuesday, August 29, 2006

ST (29-8-06)

Light sentence for cat torturer sends wrong signal

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great letter. Well reasoned and logical. This is good.

It would be counter-productive to send in an emotional letter which can be easily dismissed as sentimentality from a bleeding-heart "cat lover".

On another issue, I understand that the matter at Yishun St 71 has been resolved without TC calling in pest control - for now. Am very happy about it. I think the authorities are slowly beginning to see that more people care about community cats than they thought. TCs are probably instructed to keep their ear close to the ground, being the first point of reference for residents on their day-to-day concerns. Any mistakes by the TCs may well be regarded, rightly or wrongly, as a failure of "the government".

29/8/06 10:04 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - a logical, well-reasoned letter is what is needed now.

29/8/06 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well said.

a few of us have sent in letters to the AGC as well, one of whom is a local vet who is a big advocator of animal welfare.

i pray that our efforts will make an impact.

29/8/06 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is agc?

29/8/06 1:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Attorney-General's Chambers.

29/8/06 2:08 PM  
Anonymous fatcat said...

This is a good letter, as far as it goes. I think there's something to be gained by emphasizing that Wong has committed a violent crime. It's good to know that he'll be deported after serving his skimpy sentence, but it's all too easy for lawbreakers to come back into Singapore using assumed names.

Could it be suggested to the AG that a register of violent offenders--including animal abusers as well as child-abusers, maid-abusers, and people with convictions for assault--should be maintained and that employers such as schools, hospitals, old-age homes, animal shelters and vet clinics, should screen applicants for work to prevent them from gaining access to potential victims? Stressing the psychiatrist's concern that Wong could move on to human victims, we should be making common cause with those who worry about the abuse of human beings. We should be using prudence arguments as much as "face" arguments to suggest that stiffer sentences and a meaningful criminal record system are important to society's welfare. Fingerprinting can also be used to confirm the identities and records of people applying for work and employment permits from outside Singapore.

Judith

29/8/06 9:37 PM  

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