Monday, November 30, 2015   

Singapore cracks whip amid soaring animal abuse
(01-14 18:11)

Singapore will impose stiffer penalties for animal abuse, Law Minister K Shanmugam said, following a recent spate of high-profile cases including the poisoning of stray dogs and attacks on cats.
Speaking at the opening of an Asian conference on animal welfare, Shanmugam, who is also foreign minister, said Singapore wants to send a “strong deterrent message'' through changes in legislation.
Citing statistics on animal abuse in Singapore, he pointed out a “worrying growth'' in the number of cases reported.
Within the last five years, the number of animal welfare and cruelty cases handled by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore has surged by more than 65 percent, according to Shanmugam.
People convicted of cruelty to animals are currently subject to a fine of up to S$10,000, a jail term of up to a year, or both.
Shanmugam did not mention details of the planned legislation, but Louis Ng, chief executive of campaign group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, said a bill will be introduced in parliament this year to increase the maximum fine to S$50,000 for repeat offenders.—AFP

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