It has been a week since Shangri-la Fort Manila (Shangri-la Hotel Fort Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines) management cobtracted Pest Busters Philippines to rid of the open park beside their hotel of the community cays in the area. Numbers of cats extinguished by the pest buster was still unsure but according to the #CatsofBGC community members there used to be 36 cats roaming the area. Shangri-la Fort made inconsistent statements of nunbers but they said 11 or 12 cats were “taken away” by Pest Busters for “relocation”. This happened February 14,2018 on the stroke of midnight, it is February 21,2018 now and Shangri-la Fort and Pest Bisters can’t, won’t and don’t show eveidences and documentation of the whereabouts of the community cats they stole from the park.
I was told to be a keyboard warrior getting angry on social media with Shangri-la Fort re the #catsofBGC as I was one of those who really got aggresive online tagging TV networks and news agency to pick up the story and tell the world about it and pressure the hotel to show the cats. Until now they can’t and won’t say where are the cats out of pride (and humiliation ?) You may check my Facebook personal account s I have the story in public.
It appears to me, maybe the one who order a pest buster to rid the park was a cat hater. So I did some research and found this cat trivias on why cats are not included in the Chinese Zodiac, why some love and some don’t love cats and what killing a cat could do to your karma.
To get you to start reading did you know in the ancient times esp in Egypt, KILLING A CAT IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH !!! Read on …
1. There were no pet cats in China when the Chinese Zodiac was made. pet Cats only came to China 1600BC before the Chinese Zodiacs was created from Egypt.
2. Only Royal families/ royalties are allowed to have pet Cats in 2600BC . While there are wild cats in China it was not a household animal then.
3. When the Jade Emperor decided to name the 12 characters of Chinese Zodiac under animal he assigned his close friend cat to invite his animal friends. The rat was not invited but because of the rats conniving ways he tricked the one registering the names that included rat which is why rats is the first of the animal sign. The Jade emperor did not notice the cat was not registered though as both thought he was already included since he was assigned to invite his friends.
4. The cat and the rat used to be best friends. When the Jade emperor announced he will name the Chinese Zodiac characters before each animals who register very early morning on a certain date. Cat asked rat to wake him up so they can go together but the sleepy head cat did not wake up and his friemd rat did not wake him wanting to be in the limelight and loved animal too. Since then cat and rat became sworn enemies.
5. Jade emperor held an animal race tondetermine which animal will be included in the 12 Chinese Zodiac. During the race it was said the rat pushed the cat in the river and so he did not make it in time. So cat was excluded from the Chinese Zodiac and the reason why rats ram away when they see cats.
Cats in history:
1. The last common ancestor of wildcats and domesticated cats lived more than 100,000 years ago
2. It is clearly established that, by 450 BCE, the penalty in Egypt for killing a cat was death.
3. The goddess Bastet, commonly depicted as a cat or as a woman with a cat’s head, was among the most popular deities of the Egyptian pantheon. She was the keeper of hearth and home, protector of women’s secrets, guardian against evil spirits and disease, and the goddess of cats.
4. Egyptians cared so much for their cats that they placed their safety above human life and property. When a house caught fire, the Egyptians would concern themselves more with rescuing the cats than with anything else, often running back into the burning building or forming a perimeter around the flames to keep cats at a safe distance.
5. When a cat died, Herodotus writes, “All the inhabitants of a house shave their eyebrows [as a sign of deep mourning]. Cats which have died are taken to Bubastis where they are embalmed and buried in sacred receptacles” (Nardo 117). The period of mourning was considered completed when the people’s eyebrows had grown back.
6. The Persian soldiers painted images of cats on their shields, and may have held cats in their arms, as they marched behind the wall of animals. The Egyptians, reluctant to defend themselves for fear of harming the cats (and perhaps incurring the death penalty should they kill one), and demoralized at seeing the image of Bastet on the enemy’s shields, surrendered the city and let Egypt fall to the Persians. The historian Polyaenus (2nd century CE) writes that, after the surrender, Cambyses rode in triumph through the city and hurled cats into the faces of the defeated Egyptians in scorn.
7. Cats in India were found to be particularly useful in controlling the populations of less desirable creatures like mice, rats, and snakes and so were honoured in the homes, farms, and palaces throughout the land The cat was seen as more than just a method of pest control is substantiated by the reverence accorded to felines in the literature of India ergo famous story of Puss in Boots.
8. Persian cats were magically created as a gift to a Persian her named Rustum who saved so many lives. It was created with stars and smokes.
9. The prophet Muhammed was also very fond of cats. According to legend, the `M’ design on the forehead of the tabby cat was made when the prophet blessed his favourite cat by placing his hand on its head. The status of the cat, therefore, was further enhanced by its association with a figure of divinity.
10. An ancient Chinese myth relates that, in the beginning of the world, the gods appointed cats to oversee the running of their new creation and, in order for communication to be clear, granted cats the power of speech. Cats, however, were more interested in sleeping beneath the cherry trees and playing with the falling blossoms than with the mundane task of having to pay attention to the operation of the world. cats explained they had no interest in running the world and nominated human beings for the position. The power of speech was then taken from the cats and given to humans but, as humans seemed incapable of understanding the words of the gods, cats remained entrusted with the important task of keeping time and so maintaining order. It was thought that one could tell the time of day by looking into a cat’s eyes and this belief is still maintained in China.
11. In Japan, the famous image of the `Beckoning Cat’ (the maneki neko figure of the cat with one raised paw) represents the goddess of mercy. The legend goes that a cat, sitting outside of the temple of Gotoku-ji, raised her paw in acknowledgement of the emperor who was passing by. Attracted by the cat’s gesture, the emperor entered the temple and, moments later, lightning struck the very spot where he had been standing. The cat, therefore, saved his life and was accorded great honours. The Beckoning Cat image is thought to bring good luck when given as a gift and remains a very popular present in Japan. The cat was regularly considered a guardian of the home and was thought to be the special protector of valuable books. Cats were often housed in private pagodas in Japan and were considered so valuable that, by the 10th century CE, only the nobility could afford to own one.
12. A much later development in Greek appreciation for the cat is evidenced in the legend that the cat protected the baby Jesus from rodents and snakes and so is accorded the best of spots in a Greek home but, originally, they do not seem to have been regarded highly.
13. Greek mythology was the reason cats were feared back then as Hera transformed Galinthius into a cat and sent her to the underworld to ever after serve Hecate. This myth, then, associated cats with darkness, transformation, the underworld, and witchcraft and, in time, these associations would prove very unfortunate for the cat.
14. Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241 CE) issued his papal bull denouncing cats as evil and in league with Satan, cats – and especially black cats – were demonized to the point where they were regularly killed all across Europe. It has long been argued that the death of so many cats allowed the mice and rat populations to thrive and that the fleas these vermin carried brought about the Bubonic Plague of 1348 CE.
15. During the Victorian Age (1837-1901 CE) were again elevated to their previous high standing. Queen Victoria of Great Britain, who had always kept dogs as pets, became interested in cats through the many stories of archaeological finds in Egypt being published regularly in England. The queen’s interest in the cat led her to adopt two Blue Persians whom she treated as members of her court. This story was carried by the newspapers of the day and, as Queen Victoria was a very popular monarch, more and more people became interested in having cats of their own.
16.This trend spread to the United States and was encouraged by the most popular magazine in America. In an 1860 article, Godey’s stated that cats were not solely for older women or monarchs and that anyone should feel comfortable in embracing the “love and virtue” of the cat. Cat popularity in the United States grew appreciably after Godey’s article. Cats first came to North America, it is thought, in 1749 CE, from England, to help control the mice and rat population but they seem to have been largely considered utilitarian until the Victorian Age.
Meanwhile, to Shangri-la Fort and Pest Busters cat karma is a bitch, if you still don’t understand we have Republic Act 10631 or Animal Welfare Act of 1998 even with ammendments in 2013.
SEC. 9. Any person who subjects any animal to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect shall, upon conviction by final judgment, be punished by imprisonment and/ or fine, as indicated in the following graduated scale:
“(1) Imprisonment of one (1) year and six (6) months and one (1) day to two (2) years and/or a fine not exceeding One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect dies;
“(2) Imprisonment of one (1) year and one (1) day to one (1) year and six (6) months and/or a fine not exceeding Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) if the animal subjected to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect survives but is severely injured with loss of its natural faculty to survive on its own and needing human intervention to sustain its life; and
“(3) Imprisonment of six (6) months to one (1) year and/or a fine not exceeding Thirty thousand pesos (P30,000.00) for subjecting any animal to cruelty, maltreatment or neglect but without causing its death or incapacitating it to survive on its own.
Sa mga mamimilosopo animals for this law are defined as the following The killing of any animal other than cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, carabaos and horses is likewise hereby declared unlawful
Claws are out for the #catsofBGC.except in the following instances:
Be kind to animals , cats are not pests they are pets .
Be kind to yourself and be humble admit to your mistake and repatriate do not be abrasive and aggressive cat karma I tell you.