The Straits Times Interactive ST Forum – December 21, 2006
At this time of the year, the weather turns cold with northern wintry winds
and frequent rain.
More often than before, I would find a community cat curled on the bonnet
of my car, seeking the warmth of its engine.
I felt joy seeing this. Compassion and the act of giving are part of the
I hope that the other car owners will be forgiving and not complain to the
Town Council about cats sleeping on their cars.
I hope that the Town Council officers will not engage the pest control firms to
trap the cats to be killed at the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority in
response to such complaints.
I am glad that this year, there were more letters published in the ST Forum
“speaking” up for our “dumb” animals because it shows that we have not
traded our souls for compulsive materialism.
For this I say “Thank you Straits Times”.
I have a wish for the New Year and the essence of this was voiced by Dr.
Tony Page, a well-known personality among people who are interested in
the welfare of animals, in an interview in 2000.
He said: “Yes. I dream of a world where animals are viewed as sentient and
sensitive people, whose right to be free from human-enforced suffering is
respected and where our only relations with animals are motivated by the
wish to love and help them.”
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
– Dr Tan Chek Wee