Two more letters, one for and one against. Our letter has yet to be published and I hope they will do so.
HDB should replace ban with rules to enforce responsible pet ownership - nice letter.
HDB should ban cats and dogs in HDB flats
People still don't get it. They argue against cats and dogs in flats even though they have no real conception of what they're arguing about. Obviously if cats are to be let in flats, there needs to be guidelines to follow. What we are suggesting is that cats be allowed in flats but that they must be microchipped, sterilised and kept indoors at all times, with a limit to the number of cats each flat can keep.
Let's look at the arguments :-
1. Dirtying public property.
If pet cats are kept indoors how will they dirty public property? As for dog owners, how about fining the irresponsible owers for littering if they don't pick up?
Again why are the cats in the corridor? Plus if they are sterilised, why would they be fighting, and if sterilised and indoors, WHOM would they be fighting with?
Only if the flat is unhygenic which the owner should be fined for. Plus is he sure the smell is from cats or were the people in the flat just dirty? I'm not sure what 'reported' case (reported where?) he alludes to, but I can say I've gone by some filthy flats and the problem wasn't the cats (there were very few of them), it was the owner's inability to keep clean. Even after the cats were removed, the place still wasn't clean and still smelt, because the person just wasn't very capable of taking care of hygiene and resisted attempts to help clear the place out.
Rabies has not been present in Singapore for more than 50 years. As for the cat scratch and faeces, how about not touching the cat or going around eating the faeces?
5. Animal abuse.
So because there are more reports of late of children being raped by their step-parents we should stop re-marriage? This holds even less water than the rest of the arguments. Maybe it's the fact that people are so removed from animals because the whole place is so urbanised that promotes abuse. Having more cats around would help the problem. In addition, is he saying people who want to adopt cats want to abuse them? or strangers? If it's the former, I doubt they would bother to sterilise, microchip and keep the cats indoors. If it's the latter, how will they get to your cat?
Incidentally, I could very easily make an argument based on these five points on why people should not be allowed in flats if I wanted to. For example :-
1. Dirtying public property.
People spit and leave soft cans all over the place. If we allow them in HDB estates, they're going to leave litter and dirty the whole place. Worse, some people urinate or vomit in the lifts and staircase landings. Sometimes they throw things out of their flat, including hair, paint cans, sanitary napkins and all kinds of other dirty objects.
People are very noisy. Some people have mahjong or karaoke sessions till late and it's very loud. Others like to turn on their radio or television to deafening levels. Babies can cry shrilly in the middle of the night, waking up the neighbours. Sometimes people fight in the corridor or void deck causing loud noises!
People are dirty. Some neighbours not only have their flats in an extremely dirty state, they smell horrible. Keeping the windows shut does not help. Occasionally they hoard so much junk, it's not just the smell, but the whole place is a firetrap that can go up in flames.
People spread so many diseases - flu, chicken pox, avian flu, SARS, etc. We should clearly ban them from flats.
There have been cases of rape in the papers, as well as elder abuse, maid abuse, fights and even murder. This can only be stopped if we make sure that we don't let people live next to each other.
HDB flats are meant for certain humans to stay in (ie. me) and hence we should ban all other people who do things I don't like.