Monday, November 05, 2007

Which is worse?

I was reflecting about the whole incident on animal abuse. I am very glad to see that so many people feel very strongly about animal abuse - I don't think people spoke up so strongly even just a few years ago. Now however it seems that every time an article appears about abuse, a torrent of people write in about how disgusted they are and this is exactly right.

One thing though that I think is still under-represented is the backlash against killing which is sanctioned. This was especially brought to mind when I received an email last night from the man who has written in to the press several times to complain about the cats, went on television, and as far as I know continues to trap them (after proudly admitting that he has trapped something like 200 cats at an earlier count). As he has mentioned this publicly, I am sure several of you are already familiar with him. The email was one of these photo emails that people send around with inspirational/funny messages - this one urged people to sit on their anger essentially and was actually sent to the man by a friend of his. The photo showed a dog sitting on a cat (and the message from the man's friend urged kindness and this was forwarded on too). Coming from someone else, it would have seemed to be just a funny message - but coming from this man, who also proceeded to copy it to several government agencies, the SPCA and ourselves (why I do not know), I'm guessing he didn't mean it this way. It's also pretty ironic that the email urged kindness.

The sad thing is that this man is perfectly entitled to trap and send cats to the AVA. Hundreds of cats have gone through his hands and have been sent to be killed. How many more will be trapped and killed before he's done? At the same time, is it really solving the problem? The man has publicly stated that he doesn't want to use a Scarecrow or try anything to keep the cats out. So if the issue was really the cats causing a nuisance, then why not try something that might work? It makes you wonder what the main motivation behind the trapping is.

Yet nothing is done because this man is legally entitled to trap and remove the cats. This is despite the fact that he doesn't pay a cent to have them removed, that if he calls and requests for it, that the traps can be sent and picked up from his home, the cats killed, and at the end of the day, the people who DO pay are all of us because it is a free service that is being utilised by people like this man. At the same time, the woman in his estate who is paying to have them sterilised (before many of them are caught) is not being reimbursed for HER work.

Emails to his estate committee have gone unanswered and sadly, the residents there (though several have called to complain about him and say they wanted to do something) don't seem inclined to do anything.

Makes you wonder which is worse sometimes - abuse or trapping. Certainly more cats die because of the latter every year.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Before we take a look at the exemplary conduct of this special breed of Singaporean complainants, we must know the premiere specimen himself - Club Rad chairman Tony Tan Tuan Khoon, residing somewhere in Seletar - this info is public knowledge since he appeared on that Channel News Asia programme touting itself as a voice for truth. He is proud of his cat toll. Since 2003, more than 200 cats have died by the hand of Tony Tan Tuan Khoon, residing somewhere in Seletar.

His cat toll began and continued through the SARS period when AVA’s service of providing cat traps for free was advertised and promoted. After SARS abates, he continues to fervently trap cats. He has, it seemed, developed a taste for sending cats to be killed by the AVA. DAwn has tried to help him solve his “cat problem”, but with the type of reaction she got for every single suggestion, it seemes all he wants is for cats to die.

I suggest we start a petition with his name so that if we can't stop him, hopefully the publicity will shame him!

5/11/07 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know which is worse, all I know is that the cats pay the price. :(

5/11/07 11:23 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - that's from calsifer's blog isn't it?

Anonymous - I agree, the cats are the ones who pay the price. The thing is that something has to be done also about the trapping, not just about abuse. People who feel that this shouldn't be done should speak up about it.

5/11/07 11:36 AM  
Blogger Surferket said...

This name is hiding behind the laws to kill cats. Not with his own bloody hands but those of the govt and wasting tax payers money. This is why he's actually laughing and boasting about his deeds.
This is pure evil from a person with a psychotic but intelligent personality.

How about putting him bragging film onto Youtube and let internet opinion pressure him?

5/11/07 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, putting him on youtube alongside the woman who crushed the kitten to death. They are from the same insane group of people. I pray he will pay for his evil deeds very soon. i just hope they don't fall onto his beloved ones..

5/11/07 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a group of beings on these planet earth who are pyschos or simply 'eat-full-nothing-to-do'.

they simply jus abuse/torture/trap animals to please their own urge.


5/11/07 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What reasons have he given for trapping and killing cats? About time we all shift our attention to his habitual killing and the estate management ought to be ashamed of themselves for not trying humane option.

Why the strong obsession to kill?
Driven by what motives?

5/11/07 1:02 PM  
Anonymous boiling said...

Please start a campaign, a petition against obsessive killing of cats by Tony Tan and his strong supporter, AVA for not counselling him but willing to travel to Seletar to pick up cats for destruction. If possible, have his photo on it and we all can sign it on internet, at roadshows at everywhere and tell children during educational talks, not to behave like him. Teach kids to choose humane option.

5/11/07 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The worst kind of abuses are those that are legal or govt-sanctioned so the perpetrators will never be punished.

David Hooi's case may attract the most attention, but they were able to nab him because he is poor and uneducated. On the other hand, those with the money and status can get away with murder..they simply employ others to do the dirty work for them

5/11/07 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is obvious that this individual derives sadistic pleasure from killing cats. He doesn't want to solve a problem...he just likes to kill.

5/11/07 2:12 PM  
Anonymous x-man said...

People don't sleep well when there is too much hatred in him.
And lacking of sleep over long period gives one eyebags on top of black rings.
For the eyebags on Tan Tuan Khoon, it is definitely the destructive emotion of HATRED which dwells within him.

5/11/07 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends, Mr Tony Tan the famous serial cat trapper will not last long, his worldly knowledge, landed property cannot save him, only compassion and kindness from right sources can lead him to the paths of forgiveness...forgiving the cats for trespassing his landed property.

He rejected humane option. Why is killing more attractive, more appealing? All his reasoning is a reflection of anger and hate, why is he teaching Seletar residents how to hate cats by loaning cat traps?

Why is AVA loaning death traps?

Is sickness of this nature becoming contagious to an unthinking, immoral society? Does making more laws better like new AVA ruling against dogs and strays?

5/11/07 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to last anonymous:

AVA has a free worker

5/11/07 4:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

To be fair - I don't think the AVA enjoys killing cats either. I do however think the policy needs to change - and certainly when there is an abuse of the system like this. As an analogy, say I wanted a special bench built outside my house - or a lift built JUST for me to stop at my level. And say I did this over and over again. Would public money be used for me? I don't think so.

5/11/07 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whom can we write to in AVA to ask them to stop using our money to fund this sadistic asshole!

5/11/07 6:44 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Right now the courts have their hands tied too because they don't have a lot of leeway in sentencing. Hopefully if this comes up at the Community Court, they will have more ability to offer different sentencing.

5/11/07 7:09 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...
A letter from the man who is always complaining about pet cats and community cats and mixing up the two - plus he continues to trap and trap the cats even though as I understand it, the cats are mostly sterilised in his neighbourhood.

He also mentioned in our email correspondence that he would continue trapping and killing the cats even when I offered to speak to him and his neighbours about TNRM.

Sep 7, 2006
SITNews: Have rules for how cats are kept

NEUTERED or sterilised cats may not multiply, but they cause the same nuisances as those that are not.

Cats have territorial instincts, which is one reason why they fight in the dead of the night, disturbing people's sleep.

Such problems increase with the rise in number of cats. Their numbers must be controlled instead of talking about the rights of strays.

Sad to say, many pet owners do not understand their responsibilities to their pets as well as other human beings. How many cat lovers understand the frustration and anger of those having to clear cats' faeces and urine?

What do they have to say about cats that go about stealing food? Most of the stray cats suffer from malnutrition as they do not get sufficient food. They steal when they get a chance as it is easier than catching a mouse.

I have to fumigate my home twice to get rid of cat fleas though I do not keep cats.

Currently, there are no rules regarding the keeping of cats. I urge the authorities to come up with some regulations.

Tan Tuan Khoon

5/11/07 7:15 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...


(17 Nov 06, STRAITS TIMES)

There is a new mall in its place but some residents are finding that it does not serve their needs as well as the old market

RESIDENTS are yearning for the 31-year-old Seletar Hills market which was demolished last year.

A shopping mall has sprung up along Sengkang West Avenue to serve Sengkang, Fernvale and Seletar Hills residents, but residents say it is not a good-enough replacement for the market.

Fernvale Point, which was officially opened last week, has a wet market, a 24-hour food court and other amenities like a mini-mart and ATMs. The shops and stalls are on short, three-year leases, because they are meant to serve residents only until more people move into the area and a new town centre is built.

Besides complaining about the wet market being small and offering less by way of range of goods, the residents are also wondering why the plot formerly occupied by the Seletar Hills market is still vacant more than a year later.

The market, along with four blocks at Seletar Road, was selected for a redevelopment scheme to rejuvenate Housing Board estates in 2001.

This was shortly after $700,000 had been poured into refurbishing it following a fire in 2000.

In 2004, residents were told that a new shopping complex would take its place. Around 340 home owners, shopkeepers and stall holders were relocated.

The market - or lack of one - was a hot topic of discussion in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the run-up to this year's General Election.

Mr Tony Tan Tuan Khoon, 60, who lives in Jalan Redop and was among those against the market's closure, said: 'We were told the market was demolished so something could be developed. The mall is too far to walk to. Many of us are upset that there's been no news about the vacant land. We miss our market.'

Housewife Cathie Hwang, 60, who lives along Seletar Road, said residents also wanted to know why a URA 'for sale' sign at the plot indicates that only an eighth of the area - 5,002 sq m - was up for sale.

A URA spokesman told The Straits Times that the portion for sale is intended for a mixed commercial and residential development, while the rest is for future residential use. It added that nothing has come out of the few enquiries about the sale of the 5,002 sq m site.

Meanwhile, Fernvale Point food court stallkeeper Anita Lim, 54, is concerned that her business has been slow in picking up. One reason may be because some residents find the mall is not as convenient to get to.

But Fernvale residents like telephone operator Fadhlina Rahim, 28, have no complaints. This is because the mall is within walking distance of her home, and she can get almost all her necessities there.

Mr Nicholas Mak, director of consultancy and research at Knight Frank, said the plot has been left vacant probably because of an unexpected lack of demand.

The Housing Board, when asked about its decision to demolish the market and the housing blocks near it, said it worked with other agencies to consider prevailing demand, alternative uses and market sentiment.

- Jessica Cheam

5/11/07 7:17 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

This case should be brought up to an animal-friendly MP to persuade AVA not to be used by this fiend to legally abuse cats

5/11/07 7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5/11/07 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a serial cat trapper is also a mass murderer. I know where demon has placed one of his hell hole in Singapore.

6/11/07 4:24 AM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Please direct the energy from anger to writing to Ms Grace Fu to request her to stop AVA from giving ou FREE loan of traps. Instead advocate humane methods of resolving problems such as sterilisation and cat repellents such as catstop, etc.

Here's where you can write:
DID : 63257207


6/11/07 6:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

As Vegancat said, it's a good idea to channel all this energy to something positive. We don't want to stop just this man - we want to stop anyone else who might act like him.

6/11/07 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree CWS suggestion to have names of trap borrower available to caregivers.
The purpose is not confrontaional but allow caregivers to monitor the area. AVA may refuse info as usual but abuse often result from trapping as cats are exposed to sun, rain, food deprivation and fear.

Caregivers can keep an eye and also drop flyer when they see cat traps placed under the sun in the graden.

6/11/07 1:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The person trapping is not allowed to leave the trap in the sun or rain, or to deprive the cat of food or water for too long. If you see it happening, please DO call the AVA. They can ban the person from borrowing traps again.

6/11/07 1:24 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The idea of flyering is a good one and we would encourage caregivers to do this if they think someone is trapping.

One more thing - the person borrowing the trap must leave it on his or her own property. They cannot leave it on common property to my understanding.

6/11/07 1:25 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

If AVA continues to loan out traps to such people like Tony Tan and refuse to change the terms of their loan policy, perhaps we should get all the AVA traps loaned out and sit on them, while CWS loan out traps to caregivers who are truly in need of trapping cats to be neutered.

6/11/07 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH RIGHT. I know one guy who trapped a cat and didnt bring it to AVA..he dumped it somewhere and refused to say where. AVA pple know about it but they still allow him to continue

6/11/07 10:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Meow - I do agree it's not a bad idea to borrow the traps for sterilisation. It is free (as opposed to our traps) and would be put to good use.

Anonymous - I do know that people aren't allowed to just dump the cat.If you do know of a case, do report it to the AVA - they have signed a form to say that they will return the cat to the AVA.

7/11/07 2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but if they give the cat to AVA, the cat dies from culling. if guy traps and dump ( one guy told me when I saw him loaning a trap) it elsewhere, the cat has a chance.

You can't use AVA cat trap, too heavy, some nuts make it heavy.

7/11/07 3:22 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually they have the humane traps too - you can ask to borrow those if you need it.

I think the idea is to ensure that the cat doesn't get abused/killed by the person trapping. Also a relocated cat is going to in all likelihood end up getting lost/beaten up by other cats/disorientated.It's also not a good idea to be moving cats around - someone leaving cats in another person's territory could jeopardise THOSE cats when someone notices the number goes up.

It's better to address the person's issues directly rather than have him relocate.

7/11/07 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got this reply for my email to Ms Grace Fu

Our Ref:
QSM line: 1800-323 3331
FAX: 6325 7254

6 November 2007


Dear ****,

QSM MND ( ****** ) : QSM Email: Stop the FREE loan of cat trap to Mr Tony Tan Tuan Khoon of Jalan Redop, Seletar Hills

We refer to your email of 6 November 2007 to Ms Grace Fu, Minister
of State for National Development.

2 Ms Fu has taken note of your feedback and has asked AVA to look
into it. AVA will respond to you as soon as it can.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Sharmaine Mak (Ms)
for Quality Service Manager (QSM)
Ministry of National Development

7/11/07 6:07 PM  
Anonymous no patience said...

AVA must advise Tony Tan to refrain from obsessive trapping, use humane option instead.
Fence up his house and not use food to lure passing cats into his house.

8/11/07 12:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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8/11/07 12:25 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Perhaps they have advised him and that's why he doesn't have a trap? Whatever it is, I am glad there is no trap out at the moment.

8/11/07 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: msgs posted at 2.30 and 3.22

It would be an entirely different thing if the person simply relocated the cat because he doesn't want it killed, but in this case the man did it purposely so that the caregiver cannot retrieve it. Even when the AVA people asked him where he dumped the cat he refused to tell. This is truly despicable and I don't see why he should still be allowed to rent traps.

8/11/07 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any free service will definitely be abused. It is ironical that the government promotes self reliance and yet panders to individuals who complain loudly, abuse public services and yet refuse to lift a finger to solve their own problems.

8/11/07 4:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That IS terrible - do you have any proof? If so, then you should bring this up to AVA and ask that they ban him from borrowing more traps.

9/11/07 1:40 AM  
Anonymous long tail said...

Revenge, just dump the caregiver's cats so poor craegiver couldn't claim and find and suffer from sleepless nights. Get the cruel guy, matter no longer about cats...

9/11/07 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, we know that he tried to leave the cat at SPCA but the staff told him to release it back where he found it. No one knows what happened after that. I think AVA counselled him because the second cat was sent to AVA but first one is lost...

9/11/07 3:25 PM  
Anonymous long tail said...

so is the second cta killed at AVA and did the animal welfare inform the poor caregiver? Man is determine to remove on his own and now someone willing to receive the cats, isn't the removal now made easier?

9/11/07 6:24 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Question is longtail, did the caregiver contact AVA? If he or she is known to AVA or has called, then chances are the cats WOULD have been returned. However some caregivers don't call. Or there may not be a caregiver there.

9/11/07 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, she did retrieve the second cat..she calls AVA frequently because she feeds cats at many locations. But now she can't even start to look for the cat because the bastard isn't telling where he left it. i feel sorry for her because she has many problems..

10/11/07 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One way is to know where this guy stays, go to his home or office and ask him to cooperate nicely as the lady is haveing sleepless nights and his behaviour is cruel.

AVA must be informed as well, don't let him enjoy hissadistic attack on a poor cat feeder.

I once mediated a case invloving 2 aggressive people, they had big fights, police called in etc. Now
the guy suspected of releasing his dog on the cats and harassing her has quieten down...people must try and give and take, give face to each other.

Which area is this?

10/11/07 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah i know where he stays, its just down the street. Serangoon Gardens area(i think im not supposed to say where)

My mom got someone from the church to talk to him but no use. I don't think he'll listen to anyone but thanks anyway...

11/11/07 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in the end, the poor lady and cats suffer...really nothing can be done, he so powerful?

11/11/07 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the eyes of the law he hasn't done anything illegal so he knows he can get away with it. I'm sure the same old story has played out many times, always with caregivers on the losing end, but there really isn't anything we can do as long as AVA continues with its current policies and free loan of traps.

12/11/07 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure you can remind him that animal dumping is a crime. Let him know you are monitoring his action and have informed SPCA, AVA and all the animal welfare groups.

He thought he could do whatever he likes, his lack of respect ofr cats and caregivers ...

12/11/07 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Mr J said...

How about sending emails to all your friends about his deeds? Definitely legal since he appeared on tv BOASTING about what he has done. would help to raise awareness also. Tony Tan Tuan Khoon, we'll remember you dont worry.

31/10/08 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sld we stop feeding the starving kids in Africa because they are uneducated, may not survive for long due to malnutrition and there is no point feeding them everyday coz they may die early or by killing them, they wont go through the cycle their parents did?

6/11/08 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats a very sad sad sad man

21/6/09 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


21/6/09 12:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, I don't believe these are his cats - they are community cats that unfortunately wander into his garden.

I just wish he'd stop sending cats to be killed and realise that there is a better method.

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