Residents Evil: a python kills a cat; and residents were merely watching?!?!

Shame on you the disgusting crowd who chose to watch the cat killed by the python!! Yes, the victim may be a mere stray cat, but he doesn't deserve to be culled that way!! Should have learnt from Chong Pang residents who yesterday had launched Chong Pang Animal Welfare Programme to mark the end of cat culling in the constituency.

We can expect no secret murderous agents like pythons in Chong Pang to murder the stray cats there.

CURIOSITY didn't kill the cat - a python did.

Coiling its scaly body around the furry feline, the reptile slowly crushed the cat to death.

The "murder" was carried out near a HDB block at Saujana Road at Bukit Panjang.

It took place at 1am on Tuesday in front of a small crowd that had gathered around to watch the unusual sight.

Miss Mathana Subhas, 22, a tuition teacher, said: "I noticed a crowd at the next block as I was sending my friends off. We thought someone had committed suicide and rushed over."

While her friends were excited at the sight of the python, Miss Subhas was shocked and worried.

She said: "What if that had been a child? What if the python managed to get into a house?"

The snake is estimated to be 2m long. Miss Subhas believes it to be thicker than a man's upper arm. She recognised the cat as one which used to loiter around the area.

Miss Subhas said the police arrived at the scene two minutes after her. The officers prodded at the python with a long pole that had a hook attached at one end to agitate the reptile.

Drain escape

"It released the cat and tried to escape into the drain.

A man then stepped on the end of its tail to stop it from escaping."

She said the snake pushed out its head from the drain and whipped it around as if to see what was impeding its escape.

The officers told the man to release the snake and move away as it was dangerous.

The snake then slithered under a nearby car.

"I was worried that the snake would slither into the exhaust. But I was relieved that it wasn't my car that the snake had chosen," said Miss Subhas with a laugh.

Her car was parked just opposite that car.

The police then flashed a torchlight under the car and prodded the python again with the pole.

"The snake curled itself around the pole and the policeman then pulled it out from under the car and into a bag," said Miss Subhas.

A police spokesman said they received a call on Tuesday at around 12.15am about a snake near a carpark.

Two police cars arrived at the scene. Officers from the first car were tasked with capturing the snake while officers from the second car were tasked with crowd control.

After the snake was captured, it was handed over to the Singapore Zoological Gardens.

The body of the dead cat was then removed by the emergency service unit.

The drama was over in 20 minutes, Miss Subhas said.

She speculated that the python had come from Bukit Panjang Park, which is located behind the cluster of HDB blocks.

"I don't know what else is lurking in the parks. I've seen rats scurrying about, but now it's snakes!

"A lot of people go there to jog. But I don't want to go there any more," she said with a slight shudder.

From Asiaone, "Residents watch as python crushes cat to death".

Mr K Shanmugam, Law and Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for Nee Soon GRC, has said it is important to channel the energy of animal lovers towards constructive and feasible solutions to resolve concerns over the treatment of animals.

He was speaking at a public forum on animal welfare policies, the first such forum in Singapore.

More than 400 animal lovers turned up at the event at Chong Pang on Saturday.

They suggested the setting up of Miami-styled "Animal Police", micro-chipping for both cats and dogs and mandatory caning for animal abusers.

Mr Shanmugam said education for the young and public engagement is "the way to go" for a successful animal welfare programme in Singapore.

Could this forum signal a sea change in animal welfare actions in Singapore?

"Something like this would have been unthinkable five years ago, but the fact that we have a forum, a full house, all the animal lovers are here, yes, it is a huge step forward," said a participant.

"I was told that Singaporeans (have) no compassion, no feelings, very materialistic, so I hope after this, more people will come forward..." said another.

Saturday's event also saw the launch of the Chong Pang Animal Welfare Programme to mark the end of cat culling in the constituency.

Apart from sterilising strays, local animal welfare group ACRES says it will be engaging residents. It will also work with schools to reach the youth.

ACRES director Louis Ng said: "We're going house to house, to all the residents here, explain to them the policy, explain to them why we're doing this, and hopefully they will support it."

Organisers - ACRES and the Cat Welfare Society - said Saturday's forum will not be a one-off event. They hope to replicate it at other constituencies.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Important to channel energy of animal lovers constructively".

THE Chong Pang constituency will no longer cull stray cats - at least not the ones that have been spayed.

It will set in motion a humane cat management programme in two weeks, making it the first in Singapore to stop the culling of sterilised strays.

The programme allows the public to play a more active and vital role, while working with the town council, local group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) and the Cat Welfare Society (CWS).

It will be launched by Law and Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam at a public forum on animal welfare policies on June 18 - also a first - organised by Acres in collaboration with Chong Pang grassroots. The forum, a first, will give Singaporeans the opportunity to be engaged in shaping animal welfare policies in Singapore.

It comes in the wake of National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan's blog entry on June 2, where he wrote that the culling of cats in heartland estates is not the way to go.

Last year, about 5,100 stray cats were put down. The year before, the figure was 5,400 and in 2008, it was 6,800.

From Straits Times, "No culling of stray cats for Chong Pang". (06/06/11)

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