Singapore should adopt stronger measures to protect animal welfare: Shanmugam
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.