Sunday, September 17, 2006

Trial Period for Tampines Town Council

Tampines Town Council

Thanks to whomever sent this in to me!

So this was the meeting I was at on Friday. We didn't meet any MPs though. The article may have given the impression that the trial period came about because of the meeting, this was something some of the residents and the TC had already agreed upon. The town council will be meeting with the residents at a later date again. What happens after six months is something the residents and the town council have to decide upon together - the Society will be happy to help in any way we can, and we certainly hope that they'll agree to not trapping sterilised cats at all, as long as a proper management programme is in place.

Also do note, it is not a 7 day grace period for UNsterilised cats.


Blogger Wei said...

Good article, n good suggestion, i tink all the suburbs shld follow wat Tampines is doing. it is onli fair that steralised cats are not cull... yeah!

17/9/06 11:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm so happy that more and more TCs, MCs, etc are doing the same. Besides anything else, it's a waste of resources and effort to trap and kill already sterilised cats.

17/9/06 11:43 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

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18/9/06 6:58 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

We can choose to look at this as "half full or half empty". The care-givers can use this decision to put aside their differences and work together, rally more residents to support TnRM,etc and fill up the cup in 6 months' time.

18/9/06 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happens after the 6-mth peroid? The TC can start to trap/cull again if there r complaints? What's the point of caregivers feeding and caring for the next 6 mths just to have them threatened again? Sorry I don't know how this works in favour of caregivers?

18/9/06 8:24 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat - I agree.

Anonymous - that's something the residents have to discuss with the town council. Some of the residents agreed to the trial period in their meeting with the TC, so they have to decide what they want out of it. We did speak to them about the repercussions you mentioned, but they didn't seem too worried and at the end of the day, the cats are theirs. That probably has changed now as more residents are involved.

18/9/06 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Anon2. Sorry but I don't share your enthusiasm or optimism.

This "experiment" could well have wider implications. If the Tampines TC declares it a failure at the end of the trial period, will other TCs take the cue and revert to culling? Are we so quick to forget the betrayal by the authorities with regard to the SCRS in 2003?

18/9/06 11:24 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous 2 - I think other TCs already have other agreements in place with their own residents, which I think the other TCs will honour.

In relation to SARS, yes I agree that was a horrible situation. I also think however that that had at least something to do with the fact that a lot of the TCs had the perception (rightly or wrongly) that the programme was forced upon them. At the moment, residents are going directly to their TCs and negotiating with them to start their own programme. So this is not the AVA, or the Ministry telling the TCs they MUST do this, but a case of the TCs and the residents coming to an agreement, which both sides should then honour.

I also realise now that the TCs then had a very bad understanding of how the programme was supposed to work. They didn't know it involved management. They basically thought that they had to let community cats that were sterilised stay no matter what, and that nothing would be done to solve their problems- which made a lot of them pretty fed up.

18/9/06 11:35 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Dawn, am i right to say once the cat is sterilised and spotting the tipped ear, they should not be killed? Is there officially such an agreement with the TC?

18/9/06 12:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Mary, yes for this TC.

18/9/06 1:27 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Then why are they indicating the the '6 months' period? in Channel News Asia.

18/9/06 2:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sorry for not being clear Mary - they will not trap any sterilised cats for these six months. This was what they had agreed with a handful of residents a few months ago.

18/9/06 2:35 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh Dawn; then everything is still uncertain unless something positive happen during the 6 months trial, and TC officially declared all feline matters will be handled by their caregivers and CWS.

18/9/06 4:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's right Mary. So it's up to the residents to sit down with the TC and decide what they want. I did express to them that this 6 month trial period did bring up issues, because what happens to the cats after? Also how do you decide if the trial period is a success? Unfortunately the handful of residents who went and spoke with the TC did not think this was an issue. I think now with more residents onboard, there may be more clarity involved.

18/9/06 4:31 PM  

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