Shangri-La at The Fort: Bring the cats back

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Sharing this forwarded message to me about Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila's action towards the cats at the adjacent High Street park beside their hotel, because I myself, am very saddened upon hearing about their disappearance:

This was once a place of beauty teaming with life, warmth, and the welcome allure of our community cats, bringing new energy and keeping the rat population at bay.

For those who are not aware, BGC has no rats, because we are protected by our awesomely friendly felines.

Now, all that is left is dead inorganic cement and a drab landscape devoid of life, devoid of energy, devoid of love..

Thank you very much Shang BGC! Within a span of a few months, You and PestBusters Philippines destroyed my community, and my dream of a beautiful and vibrant BGC..

Shangrila's overzealous managers gave the order to Pestbusters to deflect cats from their perimeter.

However, Pestbusters exceeded their jurisdiction, they took the cats that were located on Ayala property, and not the Shangrila perimeter.

And they mobilzed all of this in the dead of night, at a time when no one would notice them do their deeds.. But the Ayala guards saw them! Not once, not twice, but several times, and always at night..

Sadly, the first animals that were taken were the kittens nursing at the bookstop..

Even their milk bottles, feeding bowls, food and vitamins, everything was gone..

I could not hold back my grief, my panic, my heart sank to my stomach..

Were they poisoned? Were they exterminated? Were they put in a sack and thrown in Pasig River?

As i have heard from other sources, this is not the first time that a pest control company has exterminated a whole community of cats (or dogs) in manila. There were many past incidents, with cases still ongoing.. Like the supermarket on macapagal and a bank frontage in burgos circle..

Why are those people so selfish and evil? Are certain people so apathetic and driven by money that their respect for Life, beauty and nature is so easily compromised for the sake of wealth?

It is the Lunar New Year today, but i feel no sense of happiness, it feels like the day my daddy died..

Dear Pestbusters, have you no conscience and shame? We dont care who you are, we just want our pets back..

If you "really" did not kill them, then it would be easy for you to bring each and every cat back to where they belong. My 5 year old child begs you to bring back his friends alive and well and accounted for, however, if you are not able to do this, it means you killed them, and are covering up for it.. Shame on you, you broke so many hearts this Valentines Day, both children and adults..

I weep, I grieve.. These are my friends, my family.. These cats that my son has excitedly ran to the park to see, to be with, to play with, and my son has fed them everyday. Until yesterday, when he realized that adults killed his cats..

It is a very unhappy Valentines Day and Chinese New Year.. Please bring back our cats, dead or alive, we want to embrace and hold our fallen family..

I am so heartbroken and disillusioned, there have been too many who have died,

just so that corporations can make money..

these Corporations..

Words by
-Lucy M.
February 16 2018
Chinese New Year

Picture taken by me on Christmas Day.

End Note: I really hope that these cats are in a much safer place than where they were. They were friends and family to thousands of people and the BGC community. As disappointed as I am, lets not take it hard on Shangrila BGC. People make mistakes and make bad decisions. Also, there are people who do not like cats, nor the ecology of the system at the park. So, most likely, they complained to Shang management. A public apology and proof of the cats' well being would be nice though.



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