Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Feeding and littering

It turns out that an advisor to a TC recently went on a walkabout and quite a few people complained about the cats. As a result, the TC, the regional office of the National Environment Agency and the RC members are all going to meet up and they asked us to attend. We've asked that the caregivers attend as well and they've agreed.

The officer I spoke to, who seemed pretty junior, knew the difference between feeding responsibly and littering which was good. She knew that there were two different groups of people. She thought however that we knew all of them. I explained we don't and that many of the ghost feeders are unknown to the responsible caregivers, who would like the former to stop feeding! In addition, even if they ARE known the responsible caregivers there is little the caregivers can do except to advise them not to litter - they cannot stop them otherwise as they have no power to do so. I also pointed out to her that the NEA officers do not work after office hours, which makes it difficult for the officers to speak with these ghost feeders. She asked me if the ghost feeders tend to feed around 6 pm - she was surprised when I told her that they can feed all around the clock, even in the early hours of the morning.

We are also thinking of writing to the MP to keep him apprised of the situation.

Heading out for a meeting in a few minutes.

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Anonymous belle said...

sigh ! there wouldnt be so much problems if both responsible & ghost feeders feed the cats with kibble ... the trouble is, many of these irresponsible feeders r giving the cats their dinner leftovers... this is what ppl do back in those kampong days... they (likely older generation) can't bear to see food goto waste, so they give to the cats and don't clean up after that ...

kibble don't attract cockroaches as much as moist food, and the cleaners can easily sweep kibbles away ...

14/2/07 12:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well Belle to be safe we encourage people to clean up the kibble too, but you're right, it's certainly less dirty in that sense.

14/2/07 1:27 PM  

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