Investigate animal abuse cases fully

I read with sadness about the two cats that were abused ("Two kittens mutilated at Tampines dormitory"; Wednesday).

It is not the first time that animal cruelty cases have occurred; they have proven difficult to solve due to the lack of evidence and witnesses.

Such abuse needs to be fully investigated and firmly dealt with.

I am glad the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is working with animal welfare groups in investigating the case, and has asked those with information to come forward. It should also work with the dormitory management and staff.

Animal welfare organisations must work with the authorities to step up community patrols in increasing enforcement efforts. A feeder network can help safeguard the welfare of the animals and prevent more abuse.

Better channels of education through social media and outreach initiatives can help to educate the public about reporting acts of suspected animal abuse and about ways that they are able to help.

Through such efforts, the public will be more respectful and understanding towards animals.

A strong message against animal abuse needs to be sent. More effort needs to be put into investigating abuse cases and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Darren Chan Keng Leong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2015, with the headline 'Investigate animal abuse cases fully'. Print Edition | Subscribe