Charlotte The ‘Everyday Hero’
When you were 8 years old, what were you doing? Were you going around your neighbourhood asking people to sign a petition to save animals? Well one girl is doing just that.
Singaporeans’ incessant need to complain has once again landed innocent creatures in hot water. Earlier this year, complaints by Singaporeans led to the culling of chickens in Sin Ming Avenue — with some of the slaughtered chickens being endangered Red Jungle Fowl.
Some residents in Hillview have griped that the stray dogs in the area bark and are aggressive — demanding they be caught by the authorities. Dog-catching operations have begun, and won’t stop until every single dog is caught.
Fortunately, an 8-year-old girl is striving to save the day by petitioning to rescue the strays.
Charlotte To The Rescue
After discovering that the Hillview stray dogs are at risk of being caught, Charlotte decided to take it upon herself to fight for their rights.
She has started a petition, and at least 107 people have penned down their signatures in support of her cause.
SOSD Singapore, a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to the welfare of Singapore’s street dogs, has uploaded a video onto Facebook and commended Charlotte on her noble actions.
She can be found seeking signatures for her petition at the hard court at Hillview Avenue in the evenings – so do head down to support her.
Deserving Of Admiration
Netizens were full of praise for Charlotte, and rightly so.
Despite her young age, she is mature enough to understand that humans should live harmoniously with animals on this Earth and not get rid of them based on our every whim and fancy.
True Or False?
According to the video, these are the reasons cited by residents to cull the stray dogs:
- They are aggressive and chase people
- They bark
- Residents fear for their own safety
Are these claims really valid though? It’s time to take a closer look at these allegations.
1. They are aggressive and chase people
This is Cocopuff, a 3-month-old puppy and one of the “aggressive” dogs that residents want culled.
She was the one dog that was caught by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), but has since been bailed out by Charlotte and SOSD.
It look like this “aggressive” dog is actually timid and fearful of humans.
Netizens also chimed in to emphasise that the dogs aren’t aggressive at all, nor do they chase people.
Though the Agri-Food And Veterinary Authority (AVA) has claimed that the stray dogs did chase some people (however, do people actually care about what the AVA says any more after their much-derided change of tune over the Sin Ming chickens?), we think the dogs only would do so because they felt threatened. It could’ve been an act of self defence on their part.
Stray dogs 1; complaining residents 0
2. They bark
Why should we penalize dogs for barking? Going by that logic we should penalize the residents for complaining too, right?
It’s completely natural for a dog to bark — it’s how they communicate.
This one is a no-brainer:
Stray dogs 2; complaining residents 0
3. Residents fear for their own safety
The residents might be afraid of being attacked by the stray dogs, but what is there to fear if the stray dogs aren’t aggressive and just mind their own business?
So far there haven’t been any cases of the dogs attacking anybody.
Stray dogs 3; complaining residents 0
And there we have it, a resounding victory in favour of the stray dogs.
Stop Complaining Lah
It is difficult to comprehend why some Singaporeans enjoy making a mountain out of a molehill. And worse still, wanting to get rid of anything that they can’t tolerate.
It’s the complainers’ business if they dislike stray dogs, but the dogs are sentient beings with emotions too, and we have no right to take their lives based on flimsy accusations and irrational fear. They are animals, and need to be understood as animals — not expected to behave like humans.
We should learn from Charlotte, who has kindness, compassion and respect for wildlife. Not only that, she has the courage and initiative to take action for what she believes in, which is defending helpless animals that are in danger. A true “everyday hero” indeed.
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