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Sat 26 Jun 2004

"Rise of pet shops fuels abandonment fears."

Category : animalwelfare

"Rise of pet shops fuels abandonment fears". Straits Times, 26th June 2004, [pdf].

Excerpt: 'There are 642 pet shops in Singapore, an increase from 291 in 2001. In 2003, SPCA picked up about 23,300 abandoned and stray animals, some half of which were dropped on its doorstep. Only about 9 per cent find homes.

Pet abandonment is illegal. Anyone convicted can be fined up to $10,000, face jail of up to 12 months, or both. But so far, no one has been caught.

SPCA has been pushing for measures like microchipping so that abandoned animals can be traced to owners, and limiting the supply from pet farms and the number of pet shops.

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) launched a campaign on 20 Jun 2004, with a series of news paper ads which appeal, "Do not abandon your pets".

'Education alone is not helping the statistics. As long as pets are being churned out by pet shops and pet farms, and people continue to abandon their pets, the situation can get out of control,' said SPCA's executive officer, Deidre Moss.'

Ed's note - AVA's reply of 11th June 2004 [pdf] to a letter (29 May 2004) by SPCA and the House Rabbit Society did not really respond to these suggestions but re-emphasised education as the long-term solution to pet abandonment.

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