Tuesday, December 04, 2007

'Interfering' with nature

Someone just trying to start a programme wrote to their town council to ask if they might be willing to meet with her and talk about a TNRM programme. The officer wrote back to say that cats should be left to survive on their own because humans are interfering with their environment. The officer goes on to say that some animals will die, others will live and this is survival of the fittest.

The officer writes back to say that feeders are killing the cats by being kind, and that it is difficult to find them homes and this is as it should be, because there are homeless people around in third world countries and that in Singapore there are poor people with almost no food. The officer ends off by saying that if the cats are left alone, their population will control itself.

First of all, yes animals do survive - and if people remove and trap and kill the cats, then it has been shown that cats are actually more likely to have larger litters in an attempt to survive.

Secondly, the cats have homes - in the environment. They are in the environment, have been in the environment and always been in the environment. The question is how to control their population - not feeding them is NOT the answer, sterilisation and management is.

Thirdly, I fail to see what homeless people have to do with this. Of course it is a terrible thing that there are homeless people in other countries. Does this however mean that in the meantime this can be an excuse to refuse to do anything - ie there's no point helping my neighbour who is elderly and needs a bit of help sometimes because there are homeless people in third world countries? Or there's no point giving money to children's educational initiatives because there are homeless people in third world countries? Or there's no point helping to sterilise and manage cats because there are homeless people in third world countries? Isn't the idea to try and do good where you can, when you can?

Cats will breed unless sterilised. Period. If they are not sterilised, they will have more kittens and the attendant issues that entails. I also think it's a little disingenuous to argue that people should not interfere - we already interfere every day because of urbanisation. Plus if the TC wants to leave nature be, then clearly they should stop trapping too. Certainly THAT is interfering with nature as well.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

unbelievable stupidity - sounds like Hitler. Insulting and condescending - this TC needs to sit down quietly and learn from CWS and and animal caregivers.

TC reply is a talk-down, critical parent( Transactional Analysis ) that is more destructive than humane animal welfare in a civilised society.

Perhaps they should just go concentrate on gabage matters than even attempting matters concerning social beings. When is all this stupidity ever goingg to end.

4/12/07 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This TC Officer is not only stupid but also ignorant. People like us put in so much time, money and efforts to help these community cats and who is this guy trying to say? Tell him don't talk nonsense and do his homework before he open his mouth.

4/12/07 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Management of the cat population via sterilization and education must be emphasized to this officer.Clearly,his views are not comprehensive as he's only looking from the feeding aspect which is also not the emphasis of TRNM.
With regards to his comment,due to expanding human activities these cats have less 'nature' around them to balance their population. That is why humans must step in to manage. My opinion.

5/12/07 12:24 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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5/12/07 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bureaucrats telling you community cats should starve till death is nature's way?

He is no authority on nature and cats, except sitting in his office
with his attractive bonus and lacking empathy for homeless cats and zombie reaction to the great sterilisation work by feeders.

When I look at my 'uneducated cats' they are smarter.
Nature always has the upper hand against human fools.

5/12/07 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't this TC officer stay home and "leave it to nature" instead of getting paid for being "lazy" so that he can be UNnatural by buying clothes,buying house, buying cars and artifically damaging the environmnent!
What an ignoramus pompous ass who gets paid! and two months bonus some more!

5/12/07 9:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

By the way, the officer is a woman.

5/12/07 10:06 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

By the way, the officer is a woman.

5/12/07 10:06 AM  
Blogger EJ. said...

Well said, Dawn, especially the last paragraph. TC should 'hands off' to be interference-free.
Dawn, your work,contribution and opinions will be missed with your leaving.
Thank you for helping out our Singapore's cats.

5/12/07 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While this is not totally related to the low intelligence of the TC officer, we should be aware of what the TCs are doing with residents' money, before they start getting proud and being condescending to residents.


5/12/07 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TC mentality is disturbing, as it is cruel. O yes, she will try to sound smart by saying it is kind to be cruel n a load of rubbish.

5/12/07 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the caregiver report such TC officer to the CEO as she is being supported by the caregiver's $$?
We don't need the whole bunch of moronic TC people if we leave things to nature!
TC people forget they are paid to SERVE residents not to lord over them, esp. those who are NOT loud and demanding.

5/12/07 1:54 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

Can CWS meet up with this woman officer and enlighten her?

5/12/07 6:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

For some strange reason not all the comments are being sent to me via email so I missed some of this! We wrote to the officer two days ago and offered to meet up. SPCA also wrote in. So far, no response.

7/12/07 4:57 PM  

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