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After success of Chong Pang pilot scheme, animal-loving MP Louis Ng hopes HDB cat ban will be eased

In Singapore, a pet cat can legally live out its fabled nine lives in a Housing Board flat only if its owner lives in certain blocks in Chong Pang. Since October 2012, those residents have been allowed to keep cats under a pilot scheme called Love Cats. Elsewhere, cat ownership has been banned since the HDB's inception in February 1960. The reasons given by the HDB revolve round the potential for cats to be a public nuisance, due to their tendency to wander, caterwaul, shed fur and defaecate in public areas. But flat dwellers can own one dog of an HDB-approved breed. This apparent discrimination against cats has been a bone of contention for animal lovers for years. The issue has cropped up again, in letters - both for and against the ban - last month in The Straits Times' Forum page. BAD OWNERS MAKE BAD NEIGHBOURS If we look at the reasons for the ban put forward by HDB, ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/housing/is-it-time-...

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