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Friday, May 09, 2008

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick

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Comment on cat neutering, in response to angry cat lovers flaming DJs who said cat feeders should be fined (since monkey feeders are fined):

"Neutering, to put it simply, just doesn't work.

I live in an estate (West Coast) where neutering has been going on for years. You still haven't caught the big grey male that lives in the Mas Merah area, which just impregnates every female around that you haven't managed to neuter yet - either because the female is seen to be too young, or because you just haven't managed to catch it to spay it.

Net effect? The cat population is up. And the feeders just have to feed more cats. Yes, that includes the Chinese cooks behind Different Taste, who now care for 3 cats where there was once 1. The tortoiseshell there is now pregnant, even though it has a clipped ear.

It is time to acknowledge that the neutering/feeding strategy is counterproductive. If you don't do it for dogs, you shouldn't do it for cats."


If any of these aggressive cat lovers are anti-PETA, they should go for consistency checks.

People give a free pass to cats and dogs because they like them. Too bad people don't keep monkeys as pets.

'Save lives. Kill stray cats so you won't have to kill their offspring.'


I was trying to look for the law mandating jail for abusing cats and dogs, but disturbingly it applies to "any mammal (other than man) or fish and includes any other living creature that is prescribed as an animal for the purposes of this Act or that falls within a class of animals that is prescribed for those purposes", which is worryingly broad.

Random tidbit #1. This is considered theft:

"A puts a bait for dogs in his pocket, and thus induces Z’s dog to follow it. Here, if A’s intention be dishonestly to take the dog out of Z’s possession without Z’s consent, A has committed theft as soon as Z’s dog has begun to follow A."

That's quite screwy.

Random tidbit #2. If your vehicle knocks down a horse, cattle, ass, mule, sheep, pig, goat or dog on the road, you must stop and render assistance. You don't need to do this for cats (hah!):

"Duty to stop in case of accident

If in any case owing to the presence of a motor vehicle on a road an accident occurs whereby damage or injury is caused to any person, vehicle, structure or animal, the driver of the motor vehicle shall stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the motor vehicle...

If in any case owing to the presence of a motor vehicle on a road an accident occurs whereby any person is killed or any damage or injury is caused to any person, vehicle, structure or animal, the driver of the motor vehicle shall render such assistance as may be reasonably required by any police officer or in the absence of any police officer such assistance as it may reasonably be in the power of the driver to render."

As in the US, "full enforcement of every last law on the books would put all of us in prison for crimes such as "injuring a mail bag."" Fortunately, these laws seem to be enforced by the letter about as much as our favourite 377A (i.e. never).
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