is this story of a financial adviser FA taking a break on a remote
island and one day in a bar, he saw a villager coming home early from
fishing every day. He advised the young man to work hard to buy his own
boat, then a fleet and then a listed company. The young man asked what
would he do after he acquired all that wealth. The FA replied, "Then be
like me taking a vacation here to relax." The young man replied, "But sir, I am already doing that NOW!"
When Lucky was found abandoned in Bukit Batok about 4 years ago, she was a still a young cat. Aunty, an old lady in her 70s, had been feeding Lucky since then. She could not keep Lucky at home because she had 3 cats. One of them was especially hostile towards Lucky. Aunty said Lucky appeared with a "chopped" off paw one day. Despite not given proper treatment, Lucky's wound healed leaving her with a stump where the paw used to be and she walked around with a limp. She had also made herself a resident community cat outside Aunty's ground floor unit. Aunty took good care of Lucky. On rainy days, especially during the monsoon season, she would place a carton box and umbrella outside for Lucky to shelter her from the rain. Lucky never wandered away and would always remain outside Aunty's home or the playground in front of it.
In early July, Lucky suddenly went missing. Aunty searched for Lucky for many days and even checked with the Town Council if they had caught Lucky. Another caregiver also helped to check with SPCA and AVA. Aunty was heartbroken when there was no news of Lucky and she had many sleepless nights. A few days ago, a caregiver from Jurong East posted about a cat with a missing paw found there. The other caregiver from Bukit Batok who had helped Aunty saw the post and recognised the cat as Lucky. To keep Lucky safe off the streets, she was fostered temporarily by a caregiver in Jurong West. Aunty finally had a reunion with Lucky last evening and she was overjoyed.
It remains a mystery how Lucky ended up in Jurong East from Bukit Batok. Lucky is going to a permanent foster home where she will be safe from the harsh life of a stray. As Aunty parted ways with Lucky, she quietly dabbed her tears and was silent throughout the journey home.
If there is anyone keen on adopting Lucky, she has a lovely temperament and is affectionate and absolutely trusting towards anyone .
To: Ministers and MOS of the Ministry of Law, Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Home Affairs & Animal Welfare Forum led by ACRES
Many pets have been abused in the privacy of homes in Singapore but authorities cannot act until there is an eyewitness report or solid proof that such abuse is occurring.
Animal Welfare groups also do not have any power to remove a suffering animal in question when members of the public come to them for help.
As reported by SPCA, reported animal cruelty is on the rise in Singapore and if left status quo, more and more abuses will occur in homes where it is hard to collect evidence unless there is an authority who can enter, investigate with the power to temporarily remove the suffering animal in question and power to refer the case for prosecution by Singapore courts of law.
For that, we need a Singapore Animal Welfare Police Division like most developed countries. We may also need to have registered animal welfare groups empowered with the power of temporary removal of victimised animals during investigation to stop the alleged abuse from continuing as well in partnership.
Cats have gotten a bad health rap, as new research suggests they may be beneficial to human health.
Cats could even help to lower human risk of cancer.
Cats may harbor T. gondii, but feline ownership does not predict risk of infection with this parasite.
News headlines over the past few years have linked cat ownership to everything from cancer to craziness, but new studies suggest that cats are actually beneficial to human health, and may even reduce our risk for cancer and other diseases.
Reports in this week's issue of Biology Letters, for example, counter the tabloid-suggested link between cats and human brain cancer.
Marion Vittecoq of the Tour du Valat research center and her colleagues conclude that cats should not be blamed for human cancer. In fact, studies show just the opposite.
Vittecoq told Discovery News that "according to our knowledge, studies that have focused on the link between cancer and cat ownership so far have found either no association at all or a reduced risk of cancer in cat owners."
As an example, she and co-author Frédéric Thomas cite a National Institutes of Health Study by G.J. Tranah and colleagues. It found dog and cat owners have a reduced risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The longer the duration of pet ownership was, the less chance the individual would suffer from this type of cancer.
Why cats and dogs may benefit human health remains a mystery, but another study from earlier this month provides some intriguing clues. It found that infants having pets at home suffered from fewer respiratory tract illnesses.
"Our findings support the theory that during the first year of life, animal contacts are important, possibly leading to better resistance to infectious respiratory illnesses during childhood," wrote Eija Bergroth and colleagues in the paper, published in the journal Pediatrics.
Countless other studies demonstrate the mental health benefits of pet ownership, particularly for students, seniors and people with chronic illnesses. In such cases, pets can provide much needed comfort and companionship.
Cats have gotten a bad rap over the years, however, for a few different reasons. One is based on old ridiculous superstitions, such as how black cats are bad luck. The other, however, centers on a scientific debate concerning cancer and the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii.
In earlier research, Vittecoq and Thomas determined that there is a positive correlation between this parasite and incidence of brain cancer. Cats can host this bug, and therein lies the "felines are bad for you" media frenzy over the past several months.
But the authors themselves indicate that cats have been mistakenly maligned, due to the other studies supporting the health benefits of cats, the fact that the connection between the parasite and cancer has still not been firmly established.
Thomas explained that "humans usually get infected through the consumption of undercooked meat, especially sheep, containing asexual stages of T. gondii" or through contact with contaminated soil (which good hygiene remedies). Other studies show that ingestion of the bug in contaminated water, fruit, vegetables, and raw goat milk can lead to infection. The parasite is therefore somewhat similar to E. coli, in terms of transmission routes.
Victoria Benson of Oxford University’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit, and her team also have a statement in the latest Biology Letters addressing this matter.
Benson and her team are conducting what's called the "Million Women Study," which investigates a tremendous amount of data concerning middle-aged women from the U.K. The scientists found zero association with incidence of brain cancer and women living with a cat.
"This, however, does not rule out the possibility that T. gondii infection from another source may be associated with brain cancer incidence," Benson and her team write.
If that other source, which may even be another parasite, is found, Thomas says it could "provide a means to reduce the risk of brain cancer, particularly in countries like France where the incidence of brain cancer andT. gondii are both high."