Monday, May 28, 2007

Policy change

Some of you may remember that we wrote to the AVA to query their policy change last month. After our last email earlier this month was not responded to, we wrote to the AVA again last week asking if they had perhaps not received out email. They responded that they had and thanked us for our comments but did not explain why the policy had changed.

We just wrote to Minister of State Grace Fu and she wrote back very promptly (within half an hour) to say she would be looking into it. We're very glad to hear it.



Anonymous get very real said...

If zero-stray policy comes into effect openly for HDB, then maybe Ms Grace Foo may have to deal with influx of community cats moving into private estates.

If Mr Teo thought it was a simple case of relocating all the community cats to shelters then he could find out whether it is going to be easy for SLA to release land for welfare groups at affordable, subsidised rates.

Without a practical solution in mind, he needs to appreciate the great work caregivers and CWS are doing in HDB estates.

29/5/07 3:22 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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29/5/07 6:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

get very real - Dr Teo suggested that actually. He said that an aggressive adoption programme should be undertaken and the cats could be moved into private houses, flats, factories, schools,etc.

He also said if it was a question of cost, it's up to CWS and the other welfare groups to find the money.

I pointed out it wasn't just a question of money. More importantly, it's ineffective due to the vaccum effect. New cats will just move in. I pointed out this is exactly what DID happen during SARS - people took cats away and went back and found new cats in the territory.

29/5/07 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Disillusioned Singaporean said...

Perhaps it all boils down to elitist arrogance that some of us have heard of, of some of these "scholars" when assumed high posts and then think they know it all and refuse to listen to sources that obviously have more accurate information.
Dr Teo is obviously not listening or not willing to listen.

29/5/07 7:03 PM  
Anonymous get very real said...

If animal welfare groups and resident caregivers have to find the money and solve this massive cat issues, why bother to talk to Dr Teo? He doesn't see it as a social responsibilty ... let him spearhead an aggressive adoption drive and maybe he will know it isn't easy finding responsible, life-long homes.

I suggest we be well prepared for the next wave of cats holocaust.

29/5/07 7:57 PM  
Anonymous get out said...

Dr Teo seems too simplistic in his views. Let him raise the funds, find homes in private estates, ya dump all the cats in private estates.

If not, kill them all. Can't they function without being cold blooded?

29/5/07 8:15 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually I would suggest you call your TC if you haven't already and ask them about starting a TNRM programme. Dr Teo did say it's up to each TC and if they are agreeable to start a programme, that would be best.

30/5/07 3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr Teo ever considered these...What would other countries think of us? What about our famous Spore cats? What happen when the rats decide to come back for revenge? tsk tsk tsk

31/5/07 12:58 PM  

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