Cats mentioned in Parliament
Here is the question about cats that came out in Parliament sent to us by NMP Siew Kum Hong :-
Question about cats in Parliament
The good news is that it does say that the AVA considers sterilisation part f the control and management strategy of community cats. It also said that the AVA is not aware of any empirical evidence to suggest that killing cats works.
I was also very happy to See that the AVA is happy to work with the community and that they have the interests of the animals at heart.
On the other hand, 10000 complaints at first glance seems like a lot. However, when you factor in that it involves ALL the HDB offices in Singapore, the AVA and 16 Town Councils along with all their different offices is really isn't. Even if it does work out to 30 complaints a day - that works out to just two complaints a day to the TCs alone and does not include other government departments. Of these, how many are repeat complaints - in the sense that they call up and complain not on the same day (and some do) but in the future? What of the people who complain to different government authorities? Is the complaint then counted once or twice (or however many times)? Also how are the complaints classified? For example, we have seen cases where other concerns got lumped under 'cat complaints' though they weren't.
Furthermore, problems of food remains aren't a cat problem - it's one of littering. I fully agree it IS a problem but how does removing the cats help? As for defecation - I am guessing the majority of those complaints are in relation to cats' upstairs.
Interestingly as well - more cats are killed (13000 a year) than there are complaints about cats.