Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Letters in the Straits Times

HDB should allow keeping of cats in flats

Don't be swayed by biased arguments HDB

Points made for banning cats misleading

It's not only the cats, ban dogs too

A record number of articles possibly! I really like the first letter where Ms Liew ends off with the bit about how taking away the cats is really breaking her family apart. How true.

In the letter by the person advocating the banning of dogs too, note the subtle racism. It's not that pet owners are irresponsible - no it's their according to her, maids, who come from countries where dogs and cats defecate in the open.


Anonymous imp said...

it's actually hugely entertaining to read such a long thread over to past week. all sorts of reasons. and really, it seems to be irresponsible owners at work. pple don't seem to be actually blaming the animals/pets. and they again, expect the govt to do something abt it rather than first looking to themselves to help. (HDB's peculiar ban of cats aside.)

31/1/07 10:21 AM  
Blogger budak said...

Another blogger shares the social and human worth of neighbourhood cats:

31/1/07 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this person reeks ignorance and bigotry with every sentence.

sometimes i am almost happy these ppl write in cos i am sure it puts off ppl other than the cat and dog supporters among us. let's hope these qualities are evident enough to turn right-thinking s'poreans away from his baselless arguments.

31/1/07 10:51 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous that's true actually. If you look at the people writing in so far to ask for the ban to be overturned, the arguments have been logical and well thought out generally. The letters for people who wanted the ban to stay or have it extended seem to be based more on "I don't like it".

31/1/07 11:02 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Budak - what a lovely post!

31/1/07 11:28 AM  
Anonymous mr giggles said...

It's really great to see the logical debunking of the "cats cannot be kept responsibly in HDB flats" myths. As for the likes of Peter Kuan and Heng Cho Choon, perhaps they really do not realise that most of the mess and dirt and smell are caused by people.

Even irresponsible feeding often pales in comparison to the type of junk and mess that people leave in their wake. I have fellow-residents living in my HDB block who would take the trouble to walk out of the flats with their wet and grimy rubbish only to toss the packets from the lift lobby instead of using the chute. For whatever reason, I cannot fathom. And I have personally seen someone open her kitchen window to throw bread out, which I picked up and left it at her front door. I haven't seen discarded bread from her window since.

31/1/07 12:19 PM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

That's just too funny Mr. Giggles. You have me in stitches.

I guess it's a good thing it's bread that she threw and not something more disgusting. hahahha.

31/1/07 2:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - good work Mr giggles!

31/1/07 2:50 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Good to see that ST is publishing few of the rebuttals to Mr Kuan's views.
Good point by Ms Liew:
'If HDB relaxes the ruling and allow one cat per household, I believe the number of stray cats available to animal abusers will be greatly reduced and we will see a huge decrease in animal-abuse cases.'

Uh oh, now somebody write to extend the ban to dogs in HDB.what a weird idea.
Budak, thanks for the interesting blog's link. Yes, I likes all the names for the cats given by the cat Auntie. Great that the cats are all clipped and sterilised!

Mr Giggles, could it be that the bread thrown out by that lady is meant for feeding the birds :)))))

31/1/07 3:18 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

Really Mr Giggles, you are quite lucky as the bread can feed birds. My cousin got prata and chicken rice on her laundry and we got used sanitary napkins, briefs, and all sorts plus dirty water (everyday)down our windows! Luckily we don't hang our laundry there...

31/1/07 8:56 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Profpig, that is terrible! How do you and your family tolerate such daily uncivilised acts?
Even sacastic Garfield don't do such things to his neighbours.

31/1/07 11:07 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

ej- Our last cat went missing for no rhyme nor reason. We suspected the watering flat. Not only do we have people watering down our windows and disposing rubbish. People upstairs drill at 3 am too!

We are doing this for our current cat. We keep it indoors but it likes to sun at our doorsteps. We are trying to play safe. Very safe. Can I suggest to the TC to cull my inconsiderate neighbours? Sigh.

31/1/07 11:32 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

BTW, my cat also suns at my level neighbour's doorsteps with their permission. But I wish she'll just remain indoors so we do not have to worry. Fences do not keep her in.

31/1/07 11:38 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Profpig,very very inconsiderate upstair neighbour.Yes, if only TC makes the right choice of culling such nuisance living things instead of innocent cats.
Hope your current cat stay safe.

31/1/07 11:54 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

profpig - glad you have nice neighbours who let it sit on their doorstep. For your cat's safety though, do consider fencing up your doors and windows - there are many options to keep your cat in.

1/2/07 5:55 AM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

Thanks ej and Dawn!

Will try it after painting our place soon!

1/2/07 10:20 AM  

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