Thursday, November 15, 2007

Removing black cats

I was speaking with a caregiver who is having some problems in the area. There is a persistent complainant who apparently asked that all the black cats be removed. She said that he didn't seem to like animals and didn't seem to have any issue with the fact that they would be killed.

One of the other caregivers working with her suggested that they offer to remove the black cats in the area to appease the complainant. We spoke about this, and she shared some of the same concerns I did.

First of all, this is clearly a ridiculous complaint. Say I think that people of XXX race shouldn't be living next to me. Would the TC agree and move them out? A black cat is a cat - it didn't ask to be born black, and it certainly isn't any more lucky or unlucky than any other cat (and incidentally they are considered to be LUCKY in some countries).

Secondly, there is no guarantee that the complainant will stop complaining - and what happens if the new cats that move in are also black? Will it be an endless parade of the removal of black cats? And what happens if the complaint then becomes ginger cats or ALL cats?

I understand that since they have had no other complaints in their area (and they have been managing the cats a long time) that they hope this will resolve the problem. They are also hopeful that the TC will stop trapping cats in their area (which the TC has been doing) if they remove these black cats, and which clearly is very worrying for the caregivers. I know they are trying to protect the rest of the cats. However a complainant may not be easily appeased - especially one who seems to have no rational basis for complaint. The town council that gives in as well is likely to find the complaints may no longer remain limited to complaints about cats.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

My word...if they actually accede to that request then they are a bunch of fools! This is one of those things that must be highlighted in the press. There must be public shaming of the complainant AND the TC if they agree to it. What is the world coming to....

15/11/07 6:35 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

The way we treat cats and the way we treat even our own species but with disabilities ought to tell all of us that we are a seriously sick lot of people, lacking in basic grace. We are just a selfish lot of people who are only concerned with getting what we like and getting rid of what we do not like!
Read Special-needs students evicted

Such unreasonable complainants ought to be publicly shamed instead of being entertained by TC or any body!

15/11/07 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will ask for all the XXXXY to be removed.

That is such a stupid complaint. Only stupid town council will entertain it. Probably with stupid MP too.

16/11/07 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

May bad luck befalls on anyone who considers black cats bringing back luck. May those unkind folks get their retribution for injustice done to black cats.
We are living in the 21st century and still there are people nowadays believing in superstition? Bah Humbug! Baloney!

16/11/07 2:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

To be fair, I'm not sure if the MP knows - sometimes the officers are so worried the MP will be 'complained' to that they quickly try and resolve the problem themselves by removing the cats.

16/11/07 2:53 AM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Sorry for typo error "back luck" in my earlier message.
The word back luck should be spelt "bad luck".
Errors regretted.

May bad luck befalls anyone who considers black cats bringing bad luck.
May those unkind folks get their retribution for injustice done to black cats.
We are living in the 21st century and still there are people nowadays believing in superstition?
Bah Humbug! Baloney!

16/11/07 3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody can help to get this terrible evil straight to the MP. By pass all the TCs (doesn't matter what rank, clerical or supervisor, senior whatever) and bring up to the MP. No point wasting anymore time with the TCs, 95% out of which are just regular folks having a great time with our taxpayers' money. For the MP, even though he/she is a bigger eater of our taxpayers' money and even though he/she may personally dislike cats or into fengshui/superstitions/newage scientologies - He/She will have to address the issue proper. But on this side, there must be more people standing up against the damned complainant to put pressure for justice to be done. This bloody lowlife against cats and black cats! If you are fxxked-up reading this, let me tell you this : you will die horribly and your body will turn black and all the other cats of rainbow colors will tear your black flesh for rats to chew and spit out for maggots to lay eggs on. Mark this curse. -Black Cat Gang-

16/11/07 9:47 AM  
Blogger jules said...

Dawn, remember Mr Loh was also having problems with one TC officer who allegedly told him to feed the "beautiful cats" only and not the "ugly black ones" but deny it when questioned? This is "bad" deja vu... Will it help if we write in to the TC and MP to give them pressure? The issue is the TC/MP should counsel this complainant who may even need psychiatric treatment. This is racism manifested in the form of cats. Hope this issue will be resolved "wisely".

16/11/07 12:14 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I do.I think it's not so much pressuring the MPs who probably don't even know this is happening. It's bringing it to the MPs attention AND if silly complaints could be safely ignored, the TC actually would have less work to do - and more time to concentrate on the important stuff.

16/11/07 12:22 PM  
Anonymous ace said...

If someone told me to pay attention to only beautiful and ignore ugly beings. I would have said that I am a beautiful person in and out and i don't usually condemn someone based on their outer look. And then i ask him back, "are you beautiful"?

16/11/07 1:01 PM  

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