Monday, February 26, 2007

TNP (26-2-07)

Nice article and good to hear the MP is stepping up to offer to adopt Blackie! However I still don't know why Blackie can't remain if it seems most people love him (76 opposed to 1). It still doesn't make sense to me to go around and have to ask people who didn't express a preference either way whether they want the dog in their estate. If it bothers you that much I think people should speak out either way.

Here's a lovely story about the school that came together to help their school cat! I just spoke to the Principal and offered help if they needed it and thanked him for the way he was running his school! He said that he felt that this was a lesson that they would take with them after leaving school, rather than any grades that they take home!

Thanks Vegancat for sending both in!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

much as i am glad that blackie has been offered a home i think the MP has rather missed the point!
the point, to me, is that
the residents bonded over their mutual concern for the dog and seemed to take so much comfort in having him ard. now he won't be. wld it have been so bad to have left him where he was?

also, i am not sure this is the right way of solving the problem. what happenes if residents start agitating over stray cats next? will she adopt them as well?

of course i realise that she has the best intentions at heart and i do applaud her for her kindness.

26/2/07 2:59 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said, Anonymous.

27/2/07 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the point was that there is no way the dog is going to stay where it is. No matter how many people petition their love for the dog and 76 is but a small number compared to the thousands that stay in a block, by law it is wrong to have a dog wander by itself. If you allow this instance then many more instances will follow and we will end up having dog communities. We will also have muslims that will feel threaten by the dogs which they are forbidden by religion to touch.

The MP offered to adopt so that the dog can be saved, but to keep it where it is is impossible.

27/2/07 12:57 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - Muslims signed the petition too as I understand it. In fact one of the women interviewed is Muslim who strongly wanted Blackie to stay.

Why can't it stay if people want it to? If the thousands are bothered by the dog, why haven't they said anything? How do we know they're against the dog? Maybe they WANT the dog to stay.

Just because it is the law also doesn't seem to me to be a good argument. Certain laws are enshrined are timeless (murder for example) but some laws are no longer relevant to society and should be changed (if not, then we could argue slavery for example should never be abolished, or that women should never have been allowed to vote because it was the 'law').

Secondly how will there be dog communities? This dog was IN the community - this is different from encouraging people to bring dogs into their areas.

I still don't see why it's impossible. For example, a shelter could be built for the dog right in the HDB estate.

27/2/07 1:05 PM  
Anonymous VeganCat said...

I just received an update that Blackie is down and depressed! She is homesick! And why is she being "punished" for ONE resident who doesn't want her around.

27/2/07 6:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Poor Blackie. She must miss her people.

27/2/07 6:51 PM  

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