Twenty-five-year-old Mohd Amin Fuad Ramli, a fisherman, spends his spare time burying cats who have died on the streets. There appear to be many. Mohd cannot pass by and leave them there. I think he feels that it is undignified to leave the cats unburied and I think he is right.
Apparently, though, according to the author of the article on the worldofbuzz.com website (via the Harian Metro), he has “faced a lot of stigma from people in his neighbourhood”. Why is that? I’d have thought they’d be pleased.
“I’ve done this since I was 12 years old. If I see a dead cat, I can’t bear to see it lying like that and I need to bury it.”
What about that? Two thoughts come to my mind. The first is that there must be a lot of stray, street cats in Malaysia where this kind person lives.
Secondly, they die where they live and their bodies are clearly visible to the people living there. You’d think it’d be sensible for the local authorities to do something about it such as instigate a TNR problem and to take over Mohd’s role. This is really a job for the authorities on health and safety grounds.
And the cats do indeed demand respect and the best way to do that is to take preventative action: as mentioned reduce their numbers humanely and while doing so take care of them. I expect that a lot of people do take care of a lot of them but TNR is the answer.
Photo: Hassan Omar on the Harian Metro website (hmetro.com.my).