Letter in Lianhe Zaobao
Thanks to Kootoo Monster for sending this in. This writer is basically complaining that since the writer moved into his or her flat in May, the number of cats has increased. The writer complains that the noise is bad at night, the cats are unsterilised, and repeats the common misconception - if the cats are cared for by people, why would they leave? He or she also asks what laws are to protect people especially since he or she has spent thousands on his or her flat. He or she says that there are laws to protect animals but nothing to help people like the writer, who suffer sleepless nights. That's my bad translation - please feel free to improve it or correct any mistakes I made :)
The point is that the cats will always be there - the question is how to manage them properly. Plus I never understand the point of mentioning that you've spent a lot of money to buy your flat - sure, you do spend money to buy your flat, and of course you hope to be able to enjoy the quiet environment. However so what if you paid thousands of dollars? There are other factors at work that affect where you live - for example, construction noise (which is happening where I live at the moment), traffic, noisy neighbours. Does the fact that I paid money to live here give me the right to tell the contractors that they cannot make noise? Certainly, there are limits to how much construction noise can be generated - and that is the way it should be. If my neighbours make a lot of noise, can I have them removed? However, when it comes to cats, if they caterwaul, I can call the town council and have them hauled away - which doesn't solve the problems when the new cats come in.
I understand that caterwauling and fighting at night can be noisy and disturbing - but removing the cats is not helpful. It also doesn't solve the problem. Clearly sterilisation and management would be a better option. Unfortunately I do not know whom the feeders in this area are.