Residents getting involved
I just spoke to two caregivers today who wanted us to put up posters on animal abuse. They said that they felt that if CWS did it, it would stop people from abusing animals. One of these ladies said she saw students beating the cats, and she wanted to stop them by putting a notice on the poster saying that she would call the police the next time.
I told her that it was unlikely a threat to call the police the next time is going to work. The most important thing is to call the police when she sees them abusing the cats right away. Telling someone you are going to call the police the next time makes them feel it is an empty threat and may in fact embolden them. She felt that having a CWS logo would frighten people but I really don't think that's true.
The same thing happened with the caregiver I just spoke with. She feels putting up a poster telling people that abuse is a crime may help and again that if CWS puts it up, it will have a greater deterrent effect.
At the end of the day, CWS is an organisation that is as strong as the people who make up the Society. I honestly don't think people are frightened of CWS - but I do think that if a resident speaks up and isn't afraid to call the police when they see abuse, that that it will help to stop the abuse right then. It will also let potential abusers know that someone is watching out in the estate and isn't scared to act on it. Both of these are certainly more effective than a poster on a board. If residents are prepared to get involved and be active, that will be the most effective means of stopping abuse.