Recognise those who promote animal welfare

We are accustomed to reading about animal abuse cases in the media (Animal welfare code for pet owners; June 16).

However, many are unaware of the tireless and selfless work of volunteers in animal welfare groups across Singapore.

Whether it be patrolling the neighbourhood late at night to keep stray cats safe, spending time over the weekend to clean an animal shelter, or even encouraging others to choose a cruelty-free lifestyle, ensuring that homeless animals are well looked after is no easy task and is often underappreciated.

There is a need to recognise and reward those who promote animal welfare, so that more people see animals as worth protecting and are motivated to contribute to their well-being.

To that end, the Government should consider formally presenting awards to individuals who show exemplary care and concern for animals, and who inspire others to do the same.

Subramaniam Jayavelu

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2017, with the headline 'Recognise those who promote animal welfare'. Print Edition | Subscribe