Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Calling All Animal Lovers, Cat Lovers in Particular...

When the SARS epidemic hit Asia, a rumor went around in Singapore that the disease was being spread by cats. This led to the organization of very large and misguided civilian efforts to hunt down and exterminate cats, particularly strays. Apparently during that time up to 200 animals were being killed per day. Well, the SARS epidemic has faded, but neighborhood groups (sometimes with official support) are apparently still rounding up and slaughtering cats.

My blog friend Robin, Singaporean lawyer, Buddhist philosopher, animal lover, and all-around nice guy, has teamed up with some acquaintances of his to provide temporary shelter for stray and abandoned cats while at the same time making efforts either to track down their owners or find homes for them. It's a very large and difficult undertaking. It is also costly.

I realize that Singapore is rather far from Japan, the U.S., or Australia (or the U.K., Macao, Germany, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Turkey, or wherever else my non-Indochinese readers might be), but if there are any animal lovers out there that would be willing and able to help, please either get in touch with Robin or consult the info on his blog. Keep in mind that he is not looking for cash donations. He and the team he is working with mainly need material support. They currently have over a hundred animals in their care, and that's a lot of cat food and kitty litter. Any contribution would be much appreciated.


  • Why do cats like sleeping in contortions?

    By Blogger Olivia, at 12:58 AM  

  • Because they can!

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 1:21 AM  

  • love this picture... and this blog post breaks my heart! i wonder why ppl won't let go of things after the fact... like killing these cats when it's obvious they aren't spreading SARS?!!! i'd love to help out... will check out robin's blog.

    By Blogger tooners, at 7:57 PM  

  • Thanks MM.

    Late but still so effective.


    By Blogger Robin, at 10:24 AM  

  • I think Robin should bring them all to the Tsukiji fish market.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 2:21 PM  

  • Meow for MM and Meow Meow for Robin!

    By Blogger YD, at 8:00 PM  

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