Advocacy for Change

Improving Animal Welfare Legislation in Singapore

The Cat Welfare Society is part of the Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration Committee for Animal Welfare (MSCC), comprising of representatives from Members of Parliament, the community, animal welfare groups, the pet industry, the veterinary profession and the AVA.

The MSCC was formed in October 2013 to serve as a platform for stakeholders to share their views and build up mutual understanding on animal welfare, and to enhance collaborative efforts in promoting animal welfare in Singapore.

We are glad to have seen the progress that has been made to strengthen our animal welfare laws in Singapore. On 6 Nov 2016, the AVA also announced its reorganization of its investigation and enforcement team into 2 units to enable its officers to respond more promptly to animal welfare cases.

There is still much to be done to improve enforcement of the animal welfare laws. We continue to ask for better communication between AVA and animal welfare groups on findings and outcomes to better harness the many opportunities for education and engagement to promote good practices and advance animal welfare in our society.

On 7 Nov 2016, AVA also announced that they will be amending the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules in early 2017. Under the revised licensing regime, all dogs intended for sale by pet businesses must be licensed before they are sold. When a dog is sold, pet businesses will be required to transfer the ownership of the dog to the new owner via AVA’s online portal for pet licensing. We seek that such rules will cover intended for sale too.

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