As of today, it has been 19 days since the resident cats of St John’s Island were abducted and abandoned across different parts of mainland Singapore. Six were found roaming at Sembawang Park, and as of last night, six more were found at an HDB void deck in Bedok. This leaves six more island cats unaccounted for.
In an update today by the St John Island’s Cats Facebook page, one of the recovered cats needed an urgent blood transfusion and the volunteers have managed to find a suitable donor. That’s comforting news, but it speaks volumes about the treatment and supposed good intentions the unknown culprits had when they relocated the island cats.
On Aug 26, St John Island’s Cats — the group that has been taking care of the island’s native feline residents for years — reported that a posse of people who aren’t part of the group was seen abducting 18 of the cats to be brought over to the mainland for reasons unknown. The Agri-Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore is still investigating the group responsible for the deplorable deed.
Interestingly enough, someone in the comments section seemingly familiar to the culprits defended the people who abducted the cats, reasoning that the cats were simply “relocated” (not abducted) and that no laws were broken because no one owned the cats. Oddly enough, the person even claimed that the cats are now better off because they have “adapted well in their new environment”.
She can make all the excuses she wants, but even the Cat Welfare Society has condemned the act of abruptly leaving the poor cats in unfamiliar environments “an act of cruelty”.
Other folks swooped in and shot her down.