More laws to protect animals

More laws to protect animals
There has been a spate of mass cat poisoning in Pasir Ris. More than seven bodies have been found and along with food laced with poison.
PHOTO: Berita Harian

I write with regard to the article "Of helipads, candidates and mongrels" (The New Paper, July 4).

It was heartening to note that Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam is an animal lover and that he touched on the issue of cruelty to animals. In particular, the case where cats were suspected to have been poisoned in Pasir Ris.

When I was young, I looked after a number of cats, supported by my entire family. When one cat died after giving birth to three kittens, we became foster parents.

But when our last cat died from poisoning, we gave up. With hindsight, we should have intensified our efforts to look after these innocents and prevent such acts of cruelty.

But we were too overcome emotionally at the loss of a beautiful creature and could not understand why anyone would want to harm it.

Being much older and more mature now, my question is, are the laws in this country stiff enough to prevent such acts?

Poisoning a cat, let alone any other domestic animal, causes untold misery. I watched my last cat, which had been poisoned, suffer.

I finally agreed to put it to sleep and out of its misery, though with much sorrow in my heart.

Do the guilty parties, who carry out such unspeakable acts, ever stop to think about what they are doing and the suffering that they are causing?

Do they even realise that humans have the advantage of being able to communicate their sufferings to someone and get help, while animals don't? These cats must have suffered and certainly died alone, judging from the photos taken.

All these felines look for is a little love, food and shelter. It does not cost much to give them this. And the gratitude they show more than makes up for the effort.

Doing just the opposite is a sign that there is something seriously wrong with the individual. Such an individual should seek help. Admitting to the crime is a start.

Such anti-social behaviour should never be condoned.

Manoraj Rajathurai

This article was first published on July 6, 2015.
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