Saturday, January 13, 2007

ST (13-1-07)

Link between AVA and cat stranglers

Interesting letter in today's online forum. Thanks to everyone who emailed me this article. I have to say though that the town council often is the one that hires the pest control and they are the ones that round up the cats - they too need to rethink, as the writer suggests, their means of dealing with the situation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

AVA is gaining a very bad reputation of being a killing field. I think it is high time that a separate truly animal welfare department be set up with staff ranging from CEO down, are truly genuinely concerned. It is ludicrous to have a place where cats,dogs,chicken, etc are killed in horrendous number and housed under the same roof - the animal welfare dept. Hopefully one of the new NMP's will bring more hope to animal welfarism.

13/1/07 11:58 AM  
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13/1/07 12:38 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

So it is like monkey see, monkey do.
Agreed, time to advocate for a total animal welfare dept. which should not be viewed as a stumbling block to AVA's work. It will cost taxpayers but all should be good for the nation's and citizens' heart and soul with new gentle and kinder policies.

13/1/07 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

ej actually might not. For example, if the animal welfare department does good work, they might be able to get funding from the public. Right now, I doubt anyone donates time or money to the AVA - but if they had a good animal welfare section, I could see that happening.

13/1/07 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a developed country, Singapore takes pride in its public services. AVA is for animal welfare and animal control at the same time. The objectives are different.
To put it very simply : Animal welfare is to improve the quality of animal life; the other is to control the numbers - mainly by culling. One gives better life, the other takes it away.
Different groups of people should be doing animal welfare/control and in different departments.
How much animal welfare does ava do?

13/1/07 7:17 PM  
Anonymous profpig said...

I agree with Dawn. Read the Readers Digest last year and one will realise that they have no choice but to humanely put the cats to sleep. Cats there hunt the native animals for food. The Mallefowls are being hunted by the cats and the natives who cannot stand that then hunts. The feral cats, skin them and sell their coats as souvenirs. Understanding Mallefowl groups arrange "Kitless Kat Klinicks" for "free cat sterilisations" to cat owners in rural areas and increased community awareness about the impact of feral cats on native species. However, some take matters into their own hands. Some go to the extreme of calling themselves 'cat hunters'.

As to why they are doing so is because the large numbers there are endangering the Australian wildlife.

Cats there without collars can be hunted by almost anyone. Cats must have bells too for them to lose their stealth so that the wildlife can run away in the process of being hunted.

I am an absolute cat fan. I then realised that despite the fact that I hate the death sentence, culling is more humane then being hunted, skinned and sold to the general public, reinforcing how much cats are hated there. Singapore, by reducing the numbers in such a way, might prevent the situation worsening like Australia. I once picked up a kitten in the rain. It was meowing at the top of its lungs. What will happen if it meets non cat lovers? I'm sure I do not need to elaborate on that. My cat hates the very existence of the kitten. Unable to find anyone to foster it, I called the SPCA. They told me the darling might have a chance of being put to sleep. I was truely depressed. Everyone around me made calls but to no avail. Finally, the guy who abandoned it came back for it. He gave the cat to SPCA in the end. I asked myself what will happen if the kitten remains with us. Well, my cat can come back to challenge it everyday and finally run away or I could wait for a foster or give it to the SPCA. I decided that I would rather take a chance with SPCA then to cause my whole neighbourhood to hate cats and torture them because of the kitten's loud meowing and pooing in a corner. I wished I had more choices. Unfortunately, none.

I hope to see AVA channel their funds to sterilisation, instead of culling. This will take time but instead of ranting about why they kill, maybe we can educate more people on sterilisation, letting them know that there's an alternative.

14/1/07 12:26 AM  
Anonymous profpig said...

Just a website that I came across while surfing for abuse and cruelty. Gross.

14/1/07 1:03 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Profpig that's actually not what I meant. In an earlier post, I had written that in Baltimore in the US, their animal control and welfare department used to be linked and both were disliked. What they did was to de-link the two and the welfare department became a quasi-government group as well as a charity. They do NOT kill at all, but focus on sterilisation and adoption.

As a result, they were able to get more funds and volunteers from the public and needed less money from the government to run.

Of course it is terrible that someone abandoned it and there are often difficult decisions to be made in those cases.

Obviously, in your case, the person should not have abandoned it (and it is against the law) in the first place, which is causing the cat distress.

In general, what we suggest is to look after cats where they are - for example, perhaps to leave it in the void deck and feed it there and eventually sterilise it. Cats running around upstairs may defecate - cats in the void deck generally will not go upstairs and defecate. The meowing will stop once the cat is more acclimatised to its environment.

I'm not sure how much more time the AVA needs - they have been killing cats for more than 25 years and still there is no decrease in the number of cats killed. Instead of killing cats (the end point), why not focus instead on say abandonment which is the cause of the problem in the first place? It wasn't the cats' fault it was dumped and was distressed - it was the fault of the person who threw it out. The cat would not have been there if not for that person - and sterilising the existing cats doesn't help with that problem.

14/1/07 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funding should go to animal welfare groups and not to AVA! AVA needs to allocate adequate funds for welfare dept . and money make from animal control unit( pay by feeders to retrieve their cats etc )be channelled for sterilisation.

14/1/07 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Dawn . Yeah. If the person has not abandoned it it would not have been there. Sigh.

You mean this people (AVA) actually catch your cats and make you pay a fee to retrieve them? This is outrageous!

When I was a kid, I always thought that cats caught by the AVA were ONLY sent for sterilisation. Yes, that was pretty gullible. I only found out about the culling in the past few years.

Yeah and anoynymous... money should go into sterilisation. BTW, does AVA give money to welfare groups?

25 years is a long time. I hope it will not another 25 years. It's depressing.

14/1/07 11:54 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

anonymous - that would be ideal and I think would be great if it could happen. Bearing in mind what profpig said though, I can understand it may take time for the mindset to change to actually give welfare groups money. In the meantime, I think it's important to have an animal welfare department which is completely separate from the animal control department. It is quite sad that as a developed country, we don't have any government department looking into animal welfare and policies solely on its own.

No AVA does not give welfare groups money. And some people STILL think the cats are taken to AVA to be sterilised - which is bad because they're more likely to then give the cats up too.

14/1/07 11:59 AM  
Anonymous profpig said...

Thanks Dawn. I see where you are coming from. I too, don't want any murder. When I was a child, I used to think that AVA sent the cats to SPCA! Thinking that they'll just put them in the nice cattery there with other cats. Darn!

I have to pay to get my cats back? So much for "kidnapping" your cats and obtaining a ransom to put other cats to sleep.

Thanks for enlightening. I never knew that.

14/1/07 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the Reader's Digest article made me lose all respect for them. I shall now refrain from commenting further.

14/1/07 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spoken to pest control people before and they said they were just doing their socalled job. Not responsible for all the cats caught and killed. Devoid of feelings, they obviously thought they were doing a decent job. So what make their jobs so attractive?

15/1/07 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trapping and killing sterilised community cats are wrong, unethical and criminal in nature.
How safe can Singapore be when killers are paid and rewarded?

15/1/07 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The killer of JE cats plan to wipe out all community cats. Every week, he kills at least one and this will go on until nothing is left. He will move to another site.
I would like to offer him an olive branch, $10,000 will be paid to his bank account if he leaves the cats alone. He can remain anonymous, it's a private arramgment to save the cats from being murdered.

16/1/07 4:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous, two things. First, I'm not sure the killer reads this blog. Second, have you considered that by offering money to him that you're going to encourage OTHER people to kill cats? If people find out that they get paid $10000 if they kill cats anonymously, you might be getting other copy cats who will do the same.

If you have $10000, how about offering it to people to come forward and give information to stop the abuser instead?

16/1/07 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with Dawn. Never trust a serial cat killer so how can you enter an arrangemenent or contract.
Money should be given to those who could catch him.

16/1/07 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supposing I am the guy who kills cats... well I would take the 10000 then after 3 months kill another cat and say "hey the 10000 has been spent and you know I need some more money" And it will go on and on... the only right thing to do is to punish this people, not encourage them. And my goodness are you a millionaire? You have 10000 to give away? Why not give it to a cattery?

17/1/07 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or u could hire PIs or maybe some contract labour to do an all night patrol??

22/1/07 1:06 PM  

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