Poisoning – Act and Take Action

We would like to share this story from one of our applicants.

One of our applicants informed us sometime ago that someone in his neighbourhood had been poisoning the cats. Some of his cats were found dead. We were very concerned about this. Poisoning is definitely an act of cruelty and is liable for punishment under the new Animal Act, but proof is needed.

As for CNRM (Care-Neuter-Return-Manage), it is the ideal and most compassionate way to manage the stray population. However, it may not be feasible to return the animals to their colony if they will not be safe there. In neighbourhoods, CNRM is only possible with the acceptance, cooperation, understanding and tolerance of the entire human community.

So, our recommendation is that if any area is not safe for CNRM, then it should not be practised. Instead, the caregiver will have to find ways to safeguard the animals and prevent them from being victims of any form of cruelty. Adopting into one’s own home (but keeping the numbers manageable) is one of the ways. Rehoming is another. Please do not release the animal if you already know his/her life is in danger and subject to any form of cruelty.

Yesterday, we checked with the applicant about his situation now. Here is his reply:

About the poisoning, I have confronted that person and warned him that I will make police report if I found any of my cats died due to poison. I showed him the news about animal abuse fine and prison punishment. So far so good, none of my cats died and even got new one coming to feed.

So this is what the applicant did and hopefully, the person will stop the cruel act once and for all. Kudos to him for confronting the perpetrator!

We also hope that this sharing will encourage all caregivers to do the needful should they encounter any similar problems. But granted, what works for one may not work for another, so please always rely on your own wisdom and compassion. Sometimes, confronting the perpetrators may make them even more hostile or revengeful as they might feel challenged, so other methods may be needed.

Whatever we do or say, however we act, the animals’ safety should always be our priority. 

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