AVA issues warnings to three pet retailers after Acres report in May

AVA said this enclosure is slightly smaller than the required size dimensions, but still provides sufficient space for the puppies to stand, move around, lie down and stretch. It did not issue a warning letter to this pet retailer.
AVA said this enclosure is slightly smaller than the required size dimensions, but still provides sufficient space for the puppies to stand, move around, lie down and stretch. It did not issue a warning letter to this pet retailer.PHOTO: AVA

SINGAPORE - A pet shop and two pet farms have received warnings from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), following an investigation report by an animal welfare group released in May this year.

The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) had randomly selected 41 pet shops and farms which it visited from March to May. It found that 31 of them breached AVA's licensing conditions.

AVA thanked Acres for its "discreet observations on the ground"and said AVA's investigations had found "minor lapses".

In a statement on Tuesday, the AVA said it had checked on the 31 pet retailers to ascertain Acres' findings. While Acres identified 19 pet retailers which had cages smaller than required, AVA found 12 to have breached the size conditions.

AVA said it will allow some variation "provided the animals have sufficient area to move around comfortably, as well as lie down and stretch".

There should also be enough head room such that the animals can be comfortable in their usual standing position, it said. AVA found that only one pet farm failed to satisfy these requirements, and issued a warning letter.

Acres also identified 14 pet retailers that did not provide floor mats for pet cages, as required under licensing conditions. AVA said it will allow some variation for retailers using "alternative flooring, provided it is firm and comfortable for the animals, and does not trap the foot of the animal".

Out of the 14 pet retailers, AVA found that two of them did not use "acceptable alternative flooring", and issued warning letters to them, too.

Acres had also identified pet shops and farms that did not provide drinking water, but AVA's investigations showed otherwise. Thirteen pet shops were also found by Acres to not have displayed their pet shop grade decals, but AVA found that only seven did not do so. These seven pet shops now display the decals, AVA said.