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Sat 19 Feb 2005

Stray dogs abused, new guidelines for capture

Category : animalwelfare

"Tied so tightly strays couldn't breathe." By Teh Jen Lee. The New Paper, 14 Feb 2005 [pdf]

"Guidelines for strays - Looser lassos, bigger cages." By Teh Jen Lee. The New Paper, 14 Feb 2005 [pdf]

Alerted by an Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) email ,Wong Yueat Tin writes,

Hi Siva,

An article on animal abuse by The Jen Lee...quite disturbing...

Apparently, the driver of a pest control company caught the stray dogs and tied them up with metal wires around their necks. A concerned member of the public heard the cries of the dogs and alerted spca. Some of the dogs did not survive.. In addition, a rice-bag containing a dead dog was found too.

Two issues were brought up:

  • 1) Such barbaric / inhumane acts still exist in our society; the driver did not feel/know that it was wrong to do it.
  • 2) AVA had no regulations on how the stray dogs should be caught and transported by licenced-pest control companies., which meant the companies had no restrictions on the methods for catching strays. Strays are living creatures too!

Fortunately, there is now a guideline in place for the handling of strays. Though it might have come a bit too late for some of these dogs....

Best regards,

Yueat Tin

I was shocked to read about this loophole in the law concerning the capture of stray animals. There really are no enforceable guidelines.

If there are willing witnesses, culprits potentially be dealt with by the Animal and Birds Act, with its maximum penalty of a fine of $10,000 or jail up to 12 months or both.

Research institutions are beginning to introduce strict guidelines, administered by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee. The guidelines demand that scientist spell out and get approval (this includes looking for alternatives) for their procedures involving lab animals in their grants (i.e. during the research design stage). This committee will also have the right to hold back grant money if these procedures are not complied with.

That's progress.

It's about time AVA's efforts get legislative support.

Mr Thomas Fernandez, managing director of PestBusters for 14 years, said, "Pest-control companies shouldn't be in the business if they can't handle animals responsibly."

Posted at 2:49PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Sat 19 Feb 2005

Colugos on Channel 8

Category : tvradio

Norman Lim reports that the show, Celebrity Investigation Agent, will feature colugos this coming Wednesday, 23 Feb 2005: 8.00pm on Ch 8.

Posted at 5:06AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Sat 19 Feb 2005

New domain for the Pulau Hantu blog - pulauhantu.org

Category : marine

The Pulau Hantu blog, which is hosted by Habitatnews now has its own domain - you can find it at http://www.pulauhantu.org.

The Pulau Hantu blog was started by Debby Ng after she dived at the island in March 2004. Amazed by the diversity that many divers seem unaware about she decided to start writing about it.

Yesterday, she presented a recruitment programme to Toddycats, the volunteers of the Raffles Museum. She has also talked about Hantu on the Living Room on News Radio 93.8FM - you can listen to the mp3 there.

Posted at 1:24AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news