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Letter: Abandoned kittens demonstrate a need to address the problem

These are the latest litter of kittens abandoned in this rubber bin at Aldergrove Park on July 14.  - Contributed
These are the latest litter of kittens abandoned in this rubber bin at Aldergrove Park on July 14.
— image credit: Contributed

Ten kittens from two separate litters were found taped shut in a cardboard box and left behind a Langley garbage bin on a sweltering sunny July 3. They’d not have lasted another hour, for great lack of necessities of life, including fresh air.

This case is yet another clear cry out loud that society’s collective psyche needs to procure within itself an appreciation for all cats, most notably the homeless.

Being in such seemingly large disposable-drove number, there is an accompanying large quantity of suffering—indeed, abused and even tortured cats by vicious, mean-spirited people.

When cats are devalued because, most notably, they’re not readily obedient and are potential predators of cherished small singing birds, it makes it a lot easier to dispose of them in such a cruel manner.

My cynical side cannot help but to deride the inhumane side of collective humanity that may consciously and/or subconsciously feel, Oh, there’s a lot more from where they came …

More so on the matter of worth, contrary to popular belief, cats can be very pleasant pets if they receive enough genuine affection.

Such includes frequent talks to them (judging from my cat’s behaviour, they can appreciate an enthusiastic talking to) and especially physical contact. You pretty much get what you put into them, as with dogs.

As a priority rule and not as a half-assed effort, they should be collected and spayed or neutered; perhaps their eventual great reduction in number will then translate into proper appreciation or at least respect as sentient life.

Furthermore, it would greatly help if respective city halls should order that pet cats be confined indoors when not on a torso-brace leash and accompanied by their owners.

Yes, pet cats likely will go through ‘outdoors withdrawal’ and cry a raucous by the front door; however, keeping them healthy and safe should make their finite whining worthwhile.

 

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock

– On Saturday, July 26, the Langley Animal Protection Society is hosting a “Kitten Roundup,” encouraging anyone with unwanted kittens or pregnant cats to drop them off at the shelter, no questions asked.

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