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Singapore should adopt stronger measures to protect animal welfare: Shanmugam

Published on Jan 14, 2014 10:16 AM
 
Singapore needs to adopt tougher measures to protect the welfare of animals, said Law and Foreign Minister K Shanmugam at the opening ceremony of animal welfare conference Asia for Animals on Tuesday morning. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Singapore needs to adopt tougher measures to protect the welfare of animals, Law and Foreign Minister K Shanmugam said at the opening ceremony of animal welfare conference Asia for Animals on Tuesday morning.

These measures should be undertaken in two areas - penalties for animal abusers and responsible pet ownership, he added.

Currently, those convicted of cruelty to animals under the Animals and Birds Act are subject to a fine of up to $10,000, a jail term of up to a year, or both.

Changes will be made to substantially enhance the laws to send a deterrent message to abusers, he said in his speech.

 
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