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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A step towards curbing puppy mills

Condition of puppies in a puppy mill at Pasir Ris

Animal activists have met with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) to discuss puppy mills in Singapore.

In a written statement from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the meetings took place "to appeal for a strong stance against the unethical and unacceptable practices of puppy mills in Singapore."

Key points discusses included setting higher industry standards and best practices, the urgent need to implement a robust licensing system and increase rigorous enforcement for the industry.

This is to happen while sending a strong positive message to the public about what constitutes good practices in the pet trade.

Currently those working at pet shops have to undergo formalised training on pet care in the retail trade.

A spokesperson from AVA said that this would eventually extend to the dog breeding farms, according to space allocation for the intakes of the courses. A date was not provided.

In a written statement, AVA stated it has been monitoring the situation on the farms and is involved in assessing the welfare of the dogs.

AVA looks beyond basic grooming to the overall condition of the dogs, the infrastructure and facilities provided for the dogs.

The animal welfare groups involved are:

  • Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES)
  • Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)
  • Cat Welfare Society (CWS)
  • House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS)
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

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