Thursday, June 21, 2007

Meeting another MP

Spoke to these two caregivers today. They went to see their MP last night, as did Jacin. It appears that the MP was not very supportive. Firstly, he kept telling them it was against the bylaws to 'allow' cats in housing estates (I checked up the TC bylaws to be sure - the only thing I can find is that it says animals are not allowed in fountaints).

Secondly, he asked them to remove the cats and perhaps buy a piece of land to move them to. He expressed surprise that they were there to speak for the cats. He said that he had only ever received complaints about cats. He explained that if there were complaints, the cats had to be removed.

One of the caregivers was very upset - she said only the sterilised cat in her area was caught. She said unsterilised cats in the neighbouring blocks were left alone and asked why. One of the other caregivers queried why only complainants are given special treatment.

The caregivers brought along some of our factsheets and information and left it with the MP. He said it was interesting and that he had never heard of CWS. Jacin asked if we might email him and he agreed so I emailed him late last night because it seems some misconceptions may be at work here.

In the meantime, the caregivers are worrying if they will get their cats back safely.

I wrote to the Minister, Grace Fu, again yesterday to mention this case. She wrote back to me and said she would ask the AVA to get in touch with me as well, and they called to see what can be done.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn,

why don't you reveal the name of this Honourable MP? I read this entry with dismay and it confirms my suspicion all along that some of our elected officials may not be up to snuff. Good grief. He won't even keep an open mind!

21/6/07 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Saltwetfish said...

I agree with anon. Its important for us to know who are the good and not so good MPs around. After all, we "voted" for them. This is what happens when a party is so big that some MPs just ride the coat tail to get into politics.

21/6/07 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

End of the day, I dont think the MP is a "bad" MP, just maybe a bit the old school type. The "I am MP, I set the laws, you are citizen, you obey" Also I would say with the current political scene in Spore, better to convert them than to fight against them. Nothing is a stronger ally to the cause for cats then a former person who really disliked them, if a cat lover or owner speaks up, he or she is labelled as crazy, animal fanatic or just someone with nothing better to do. However a respected MP who once opposed to cats, changing their mind is a much stronger statement maker who will make people listen.

21/6/07 11:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - you're right, it's definitely better to try and get the MP on your side. It's a question of whether the MP will listen though. Some MPs of course do make decisions because they aren't aware of all the facts - hopefully they'll keep an open mind.

21/6/07 11:45 PM  
Anonymous ck said...

The fact that this MP can even suggest that a piece of land be bought for the cats to move to shows just how ignorant and naive he/she is. If our MPs - our so-called leaders of the community - can even make these sort of suggestions, it just shows that we still have a long way to go to educate the general population on the merits of TNRM.

22/6/07 9:49 AM  

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