Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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.


Blogger Mary said...

She will not be lucky to witness further abuse, and the abusers will not be stupid to commit the same crime in her presence. And with the recent publicity on cats abuse, all the more she should report them to the police.

Provided the CWS posters carry the hallmark of our police logo and may be that of the TC, otherwise i don't see how the posters can help other than 'educating' the public on the issue of cats abuse.

19/9/06 12:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Most TCs don't want to put their logo on it though. Getting approval to put joint logos is usually an exercise in futility. We're lucky enough if our posters get put up!

19/9/06 1:06 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Give it a shot, something is better than nothing. At least the posters can highlight the plight of our Singaporean Cats.

19/9/06 1:14 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Give it a shot, something is better than nothing. At least the posters can highlight the plight of our Singaporean Cats.

19/9/06 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you see students (in their school uniforms with school badges) beating a cat, just take a photo of it and send it to their principal. If you call the school, the staff will inform you the principal's email - and for good measure - cc a copy of it to Minister of Education, Ministry of Education. Tell the students what you are going to do - and they think twice abt doing it again and perhaps prevent a serial cat-killer in the making. The principal will have to answer your email as you are making a complaint against the behaviour of the students.

19/9/06 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think we wld all be surprised to learn that many ppl don't even have the presence of mind to see WHO exactly is behind a poster. Poster means GAHMEN is watchg. better shape up!

in the same vein i don't see why this person feels a faceless, bodyless POSTER of all thgs will be a more effective deterrence than she cld be. she was THERE at the scene witnessing everythg and able to tell the kids off. this is very strange reasoning.

19/9/06 2:07 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

I can almost see what happens next: people confusing CWS with the govt.

Heh. The downside to being credible.

19/9/06 2:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Mary - we have. We tried to do one with a government body once. The poster took so long to be done, and had to be submitted to so many levels of clearance, in the end we went ahead with our own.

Anonymous - that's a good idea too.

19/9/06 3:23 PM  

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