Dangers of animal activism

Dangers of animal activism
Seven-month-old adopted puppy Tammy was put down in October last year due to its allegedly aggressive behaviour.

When Mrs Lisa Soh was thinking of adopting a mongrel from an animal shelter, the 40-year-old housewife was grilled by representatives on where she lived and her past pet history.

She was told she would have to let them visit her home and talk to family members "for screening and spot checks".

She would also have to pay an adoption and sterilisation fee and sign a contract agreeing to take good care of her new pet.

"I know they came from a good place but, honestly, I felt they were too intense. Was I trying to give a needy dog a home or were they doing me a favour? Then when I saw how previous adopters had been flamed online, it really made me think twice," she said.

In the end, she opted to adopt from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) instead.

Tensions have really boiled over since expatriate Alison McElwee had her seven- month-old adopted puppy Tammy put down last month, claiming the mongrel had become too aggressive.

Tagged a "puppy murderer", she was vilified by animal lovers who put her photos and personal information online.

Some made racist and disparaging remarks about the British woman and her family, and she was hounded into removing her details from Facebook.

The vet who did the deed was not spared either, with many swearing off the clinic's services, and some going so far as threatening to picket at its front door.

I am an animal lover. And, like most animal lovers, seeing Tammy's sweet "spectacle- ringed" face in media reports, and then reading of its fate, brought tears to my eyes. My instinctive reaction was: "What a shame."

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