Wednesday, September 23, 2009

How do you recover from this?

Two old aunties rushed down to AVA after they found out that their cats were caught. A mother and her baby.

The officer brought the cats out but said he could only release one. The aunties had to choose.

The cats jumped for joy at seeing these familiar loving faces, not understanding the anguish and the tears.

They chose the mother. Because they had seen her as a baby, as a young playful adult and then an unwitting, unsavvy young mother. Then they witnessed the baby frantic, hysterical in the cage as she was carried back into the unspeakable backrooms.

How does anyone make such a decision? How do you expect them to recover from it? This happened some time ago but the aunties will never ever forget this.

32 comments:

choozm said...

Why the officer only release one cat?

Singapore Community Cats said...

Create an animated video of the scene and show this to the people whose policies result in the killing of the baby of the mother cat as well as the two aunties. Policy makers DO NOT SEE or WANT to see the sufferings they have caused. They choose to be bureacratically COLD and CRUEL!

animalfamily said...

choozm, to release the cats, you would need a release letter from town council. they probably only gave one.

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Singapore Community Cats said...

Aunties do not know how to kick up fuss! I can imagine the image of the kitten deep etched in their consciousness. Hopefully they are not ridden with guilt and not in anger either but to convert the emotion generated to do more to prevent such tragedies from happening again! The rest of us, who are empowered with better education, will have to speak out for the cats as well as fr these aunties!

Anonymous said...

i cant stand singapore. sighs.

eve+line said...

A heartless government deserves no loyalty from me. I know how I will vote during the next GE. This is the only way government officials will pay attention to you.

EJ. said...

Impossible for the aunties to forget this. even for us readers.

Anonymous said...

I am very upset by just reading this let alone those aunties.

I support you eve+line...I will do the same too in the next GE!

Periditite said...

How can they ask them to choose?? It's like asking a mother to choose between her 2 babies! What is wrong with that AVA! How cruel can they be! I'm so upset reading this...
I wish I had gone and given them hell...

Anonymous said...

What kind of rubbish is this..some kind of sick joke? Those **** are clearly abusing authority. And I'm certain this is not the first time they have pulled something like this. I've heard some pretty bad things about those people.

Victor Tabbycat said...

Victor's Mom here. I wouldn't read him this story.
How terribly sad and cruel. Cruelest to the Aunties, who know what will happen. We call ourselves civilized.

♥Da fambly cat-a-blog kitties♥ said...

This is HORRIBLE! But I would have chose the baby because new life should always have a chance and a mother will always sacrifice herself for her young.

Come see us today. We are talkin' 'bout sumpin' furry imPAWtant.

Anonymous said...

Im with EJ and SCC. I will never leave the AVA and make sure i kick up a huge big fuss and let the media know, let the whole of Singapore know. Never ever take NO from these unspeakable beings in AVA. The cats don't have a voice, but we do, and it must be heard.

Anonymous said...

This is an email I wrote to Tan Poh Hong of AVA today.

Dear Ms Tan

I read this article from several blogs with great sadness.

"HOW DO YOU RECOVER FROM THIS?

Two old aunties rushed down to AVA after they found out that their cats were caught. A mother and her baby.

The officer brought the cats out but said he could only release one. The aunties had to choose.

The cats jumped for joy at seeing these familiar loving faces, not understanding the anguish and the tears.

They chose the mother. Because they had seen her as a baby, as a young playful adult and then an unwitting, unsavvy young mother. Then they witnessed the baby frantic, hysterical in the cage as she was carried back into the unspeakable backrooms.

How does anyone make such a decision? How do you expect them to recover from it? This happened some time ago but the aunties will never ever forget this."

--- End of Article ---

I am posting it in this email in order that YOU, being the CEO of AVA, can understand how cruel AVA's policies can be.

It need not take an animals lover to be touched by this story and if you have a chance to read the blogs and the comments therein, you will definitely understand the anguish of the readers as well as that of the 2 aunties and the agonies of the mother cat and the kitten.

As Ghandi had said that "the greatness and moral progress of a nation can be judged from the way its animals are treated", and dear Ms Tan, being the CEO of AVA, I truly hope that you will do your best endeavour to make policy changes in AVA to make it into a more humane and compassionate organisation where we Singaporeans can be proud of.

Thanks you for taking your time to read my email.

Regards
Shirley Goh

Anonymous said...

is it possible for another person unrelated to the 2 aunties to come forward and request for the release of the kitten? that means a separate set of admin work for the authorities in order to release the kitten.

Anonymous said...

I received a reply from AVA to my email, citing that the article I quoted was not true. Can give me some pointers for reply? Thanks.

Dear Shirley,

I refer to your email of 28 Sept 09 to the CEO of AVA. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to clarify the issue.

We have investigated and concluded that the incident cited is not true. AVA does not require claimants to make a choice regarding the release of impounded cats in the manner reported.

I understand your concern for stray cats and would like to explain our approach in managing the stray cat situation in Singapore. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) encourages sterilisation as a way to help prevent the proliferation of strays. However, this alone is not enough. Stray cats, whether sterilised or not, can create problems to the public, ranging from nuisance to hygiene concerns. With an estimated population of 60,000 stray cats in Singapore, it is inevitable that culling has to be carried out, along with sterilisation, to alleviate these problems and keep the stray population in check.

AVA has to balance the interests of cat lovers and those affected by stray cat nuisance. We loan cat traps to residents troubled by stray cats coming into their premises, and cats that are not owned are euthanised humanely. We would like to take this opportunity to remind cat owners to sterilise their pets so as to prevent unwanted litters. Cat owners should also prevent their pets from wandering and posing a nuisance to their neighbours. This will in turn help to reduce the demand for cat trap loans and the need for euthanasia.

With regards to the Trap Neuter Release scheme, AVA had, in 1998, worked with animal welfare groups and Town Councils to establish the Stray Cat Rehabilitation Scheme (SCRS) under which AVA provided free sterilization. This was started as a voluntary scheme which depended on local community support and tolerance towards stray cats. In 2003, the Scheme was discontinued as it did not resolve the problems caused by stray cats such as cat faeces dirtying the environment and pest problems due to food remnants left by feeders. It was also observed that there was no reduction in the number of complaints received on stray cats.

Notwithstanding this, AVA in consultation with the Cat Welfare Society proposed a stray cat sterilisation programme in March 2007. AVA would subsidise the cost of the sterilisation of stray cats if the caregivers of stray cats, Town Councils and the community in the respective precincts agree to participate in the programme. Generally, stray cats from HDB estates surrendered to AVA are impounded. Impounded cats can be released to claimants if they are sterilised and with approval from the local Town Council. Town Councils have the prerogative to address complaints and nuisances faced by the residents in the estates under their management.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is fully committed to ensuring animal health and welfare and has adopted a balanced approach in the management of strays.We take into account the good intentions of cat-lovers and interests of those affected by nuisances caused by stray cats.

I would appreciate it if you could assist us by sharing with your friends and fellow bloggers on AVA's policy for stray cat control so that the truth may prevail.

Thank you and best regards.



Yours sincerely
Dr Cai Panqin | Senior Animal Control Officer | Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority
Tel 6471 9992 | Fax 6473 3687 | Website www.ava.gov.sg
Privileged/confidential information may be contained in this message. If you are not the intended addressee, you must not copy, distribute or take any action in reliance thereon. If you receive this message in error, please notify the sender immediately.

animalfamily said...

how they investigate? are they saying the aunties are lying?

Anonymous said...

I think he meant that no such incident ever happened when he "checked" with his staffs. Do you happen to know the date of the incident, which estate and the officer(s)involved?

Shirley

animalfamily said...

you know, if they have nothing to hide, the appropriate way is to ask if they can find out full details from the person affected so that they can investigate. isnt that how govt depts work? but to NOT even try and say that it never happened shows that they just want to close the case on it.

the aunty may not want to go up against them and will let the matter rest. but she remembers the officer.

Anonymous said...

Who is this "Dr Cai Panqin"?
A vet?
A PhD?
A medical doctor?
A Chinese national?

or a parrot repeating the same old tiresome template response!

or an arrogant civil servant like the rest!!

Anonymous said...

My reply to AVA.

Dear Dr Cai

I would also like to conclude that the incident cited is true despite AVA's blatant denial. The aunties may not wish to pursue this incident further but I truely hope that this shall be a one-off incident that will never occur again.

On the issue of TNR scheme, I wish to inform AVA that I am a cat caregiver myself practising TNRM and thus have the first hand knowledge that the scheme is effective if not for the abandonment of pet cats by irresponsible owners or allowing their pet cats to roam.

Sterilised cats are placid and do not create nuisance and hygiene problems. Hygiene issues are created by irresponsible cat feeders which should be reported to the authorities and these people must be penalised to deter others from such practise.

Many of the complaints on cat nuisance such as feces and scatches on cars by complainants are found to be untrue. These are just some excuses given by people with low tolerance to engage the authorities to remove their "thorns" from their vincinity.

The authorities such as AVA and town councils should therefore refrain from pandering to these complainants without questions and it is exactly the attitude of the authorities that have stifle the moral progress of our nation.

Regards
Shirley Goh

Anonymous said...

Thank you shirley. I'm going to write in as well but just wondering if you have any pointers. Even if the aunties don't want to follow up, if there's more people writing in, that would help to give a bigger voice for the issue.

v

Anonymous said...

Hi V

Yes, you should write in too. I believe that we MUST write in to the authorities speak up for these animals whether we can write good english or not. What I wrote in my emails are really from my own experience as caregivers. Many complaints are really unfounded.

Just write in and express your opinions on this matter, you may also wish to urge AVA not to lend out traps freely to private home owners as someone pointed out in another blog that these home owners blamed the cats for trepassing into their property, but they are actually enticing the cats to enter their property by puting food in the traps. Even if the cats do enter their properties, there are humane method available to resolve the issue.

Shirley

Anonymous said...

Thanks Shirley

On another note, next time AVA decides to pull another stunt like that, we can all quote that letter.

"...AVA does not require claimants to make a choice regarding the release of impounded cats in the manner reported.... "
v

Crystal said...

So at the end did the AVA give back the Kitten to the Aunties??

Anonymous said...

The kitten was executed!

fini mahadami said...

It broke my heart terribly just by reading the story. I cried.Although I dont know about AVA at first but when I checked it, well, it stated some of its goals are:
# Build a positive image and enhance community outreach.
# Promote animal welfare.
Yeah, right!!

Cruelty to animals are human problem!!

fini
malaysia

Anonymous said...

Im very sad to hear abt AVA cruelty to this animal..there are living things that are created by God same just like us..why would they want to end a living thing that need to live..PLEASE PPL.."CAN WE DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS ACT"

Anonymous said...

its just so upset. i just dont understand how can ppl works in ava. how can they bear to kill all those poor little babies.

Anonymous said...

It is easy to scream and shout at AVA and call them heartless.

AVA have better things to do. eg ensuring food safety for human beings. i.e. you and me.

In the first place, allowing cats to roam and creating a nuisance for non-cat lovers is wrong in the first place. All this talk about being humane and caring is out of whack.

If you have so much love, start by showing it to your fellow beings. Buy a pack of tissues from the old aunties at the hawker centres.

Or are you a bunch of socially maladjusted people who cannot communicated to fellow beings. At least the dog lovers are showing greater responsibility with their action. Pls don't allow your cats to shit all over the place and make all sort of noise in the cyberspace.

Anonymous said...

People like the above poster are part of the problem.

 

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