Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hoarding in Australia

Thanks to Kavita for sending in this very interesting post :-

RSPCA of South Australia post on hoarding

It looks as if they do fine/treat people for hoarding in Australia as well. Now if only we could have something similar in Singapore.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, if only. hoarding live animals and confining them is a crime of sheer cruelty.

25/9/07 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i watched a report on the news not long ago abt someone in china who had close to 2,000 cats in her home, many of them rescued from lorries bringing them to restuarants to be eaten!

the cats came in all shapes and sizes and colours. many were cute and some had long hair and looked like they might have been pedigrees.

the first thg that came to my mind was that i hoped they were sterilised or else can u imagine the potential of a population explosion.

25/9/07 2:36 PM  
Anonymous long tail said...

They way they kill cats in china is horrifying. They dip live cats into boiling waters.

They can only worry one thing at a time, get the cats off the lorries and if we really want to help, pay for their sterilisation.

Then hope ' Dexter ' would do some justice by destroying the cruel breeders.

25/9/07 5:04 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - yes good point!

Long tail - sorry whom or what is Dexter?

25/9/07 11:25 PM  
Anonymous long tail said...

The character Dexter is from a TV series, he is an undercover police who goes around killing serial killers.

25/9/07 11:49 PM  
Anonymous auntie p said...

Before we can have laws on hoarding, we must first allow cats to be kept inside our homes in the first place.

26/9/07 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A typical hoarder will hoard and ' imprison ' the cats with poor living conditions.
They can only dream of tree climbing, exploring drains caverns and sun tan on high grounds. If the neighbourhood is cat-friendly, overcrowding in catteries will be a thing of the past.

26/9/07 11:23 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for enlightening me long tail :) I happened to see a book about him today (a novel).

Anonymous - some people think all cats should be indoors. I agree that some estates are less cat friendly but I also think that in most cases, caregivers can work to making neighbourhoods as cat friendly as possible.

26/9/07 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Animal hoarding is a psychological disorder. It occurs when animal lovers or rescuers take on more animals than they can manage or are for; thus, they unintentionally become passive abusers themselves. Hoarding can becomes both a cruelty issue and a public safety (health) issue.

Animal hoarding is a mental health disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Research done by psychologists, psychiatrists, vets and animal welfare experts shows that animal hoarding may be a symptom of psychological disorders such as dementia, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, delusional or attachment disorders.

26/9/07 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Ting said...

I once watched Miami Police on animal planet showing a woman who lives in a small penthouse and having alot of animals inside as well, she has no space for a bed at all and sleeps on a fold up mattress with no other furniture. She is actually operating a rescue organisation by herself and is registered with the authourities.

But the animal police still made her find homes for many of her dogs till only 4 were left ( reduced from aout 30-40 )in a given timeframe. She has over 60 cats but they were not made to be given away.

The animals are in good conditions though, but still the animal police actually helped her find homes for some of the dogs and gave her some hotlines and help from organisation bodies she can go to for help if she needs.

If we do come across an animal hoarder in SG, i believe besides helping the animals which are being hoarded, some help should also be given to the hoarder lest he/she repeats this again and place the lives of the animals and themselves in danger.

26/9/07 6:08 PM  
Anonymous long tail said...

Today, most catteries are full of cats, rescued from culling areas and inherited for various reasons.

Hopefully, years from now, the new generation won't have to house so many cats. This generation is making that possible. What will Dawn and all of us say in this blog in 20 years's time...

Michelle: Can't find a single unsterilised cat in Tampines for Spay Day.

auntie Dawn: 100 slots and only 5 cats.

Aminah: Goodness, no more cats left in Singapore at this rate we are going!

26/9/07 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cats have been recorded since the Eyptians 2000BC and that means they have been around for 4000yrs.
It do not think it possible to have no cats in 20 years because people have loved/love them and will love them for years to come.

When TCs cease to exist, cats will be still around ; )

26/9/07 11:18 PM  
Anonymous long tail said...

The cats will be around but TC will be extinct for it's own good. Cats can be found at receptionist counters at government offices to help calm nerves.

Older workers perform better and survive longer where there are pets in the office.

26/9/07 11:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

ting - I think there is a difference between a genuine rescue organisation and hoarding. I am sure both genuinely started wanting to help but the rescue organisation would not compromise on the welfare of the animals. I am assuming that just space-wise (since I didn't watch the show) alone, they may have felt it was not in the best interests of the dogs especially.

I agree - hoarders need treatment, but the problem is how to get it to them.

long tail - I hope :)

27/9/07 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Ting said...

Long tail, that would be an image many would love to see..whoo..it would be bliss!

thanks for enlightening dawn!

27/9/07 8:27 AM  

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