Meeting with the NMP
Calsifer asked how the meeting with the NMP went. To be very honest, it was more just to give him information. He wanted to know more about certain issues in relation to community cats - how are they trapped, why is sterilisation better, is there a better alternative to managing the cats, how does one keep cats out of one's garden, etc? He is gathering information and speaking with other animal welfare groups as well.
I don't think that he entirely knows what he is going to ask in Parliament yet either. He's basically doing some background research and trying to gather information so that he is better able to speak on the topic he finally decides on.
We actually do have quite a few people come to speak with us because they want to find out more about community cat issues, besides NMPs :) We meet pretty regularly with students doing school projects (meeting some students on Thursday actually) for example, who may need more information for their essays and projects. Members of the public also write in for more information as do people who want to start up TNRM programmes in our estates. It's always good to try and share the information around so that people are more aware of community cats and the attendant issues.
Incidentally, if the NMP does speak up in Parliament on this, will not be not the first NMP to have spoken on an animal related issue in Parliament. Simon Tay was the first back in 2001 I believe, when he asked about cats in HDB flats.