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.