Jun 8, 2008

They just don't learn...

I just read a letter from the Department of Health to the National Park Service. They are trying to justify the extermination of the Old San Juan cats, but they are saying a few things that doesn’t make any sense. First, they had the nerve to refer to the situation as “the situation that the cats have created” when in fact cats are not creating anything—people are. They said that the population of stray cats has increased because of the spayed/neutered cats were released—since when spayed/neutered cats have the capacity to “increased” the population? They said that the cats attack people—I’ve been there, and in fact the cats just hide from people unless a tourist offers them some food. Most people that live in San Juan prefer the presence of the cats mainly because they control the rat population. They don't think the government will do anything to address the rat problem if the cats are removed. And most people agree that the cats add a charming atraction to the place and visitors enjoy that.

If they are spayed/neutered and vaccinated, what’s the problem? Cats usually do their “business” where they are able to cover them and frankly I’ve seen more excrement on the the city streets that belongs to the homeless people that live there than from animals. These agencies are all set to eliminate every animal on the streets but they are not doing anything to prevent people from throwing their pets into the streets. Really, “denial” is not just a river in Africa. When they acknowledge that some people's attitude IS the real problem and if they are capable of dealing with that, everything will be ok.

I suspect that everything is rooted in the Tourism Company’s hysteria. The fools are still thinking that if visitors don’t see stray animals is because everything is under control and we don’t have any problem—yeah, right…

2 comments:

kjbaker said...

Sandra you are so right. When will they the PR government and the PR tourism board learn killing animals will decrease their tourism not increase it. Tourist like seeing the cats it is evidenced by all the petitions signed to stop the atrocity of trying to kill them. Also when will the government wake up the cats keep down the rats. PR government better wake up soon or they are going to lose the tourists. Haven't they heard of MSN, CNN, the Ellen show. All will air if they are back to killing animals again. WAKE UP PR Government and Tourism!

Trish said...

I can't believe this. First, the mayor in Barceloneta thought that it would be nice to throw almost a 100 stray dogs off of a bridge. Now this. The mayor killed most of the dogs, and severely wounded the others - leaving them to die. I can't believe it. I love living here on the island but some of the political faux pas just make me sick.