Tighter licensing rules for pet shops and pet farms

Pet shops and pet farms will face tighter licensing regulations from Saturday.

The new rules will improve the housing and management of animals, enhance traceability of animals and accountability of pet businesses, and improve healthcare, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said in a press release yesterday.

The changes include the following:

• If two or more dogs are kept together, they must be compatible, and each dog must be able to move, turn around without hitting the sides of the kennel, stand upright, lie down and stretch.

• All retired breeding dogs must be kept separately from breeding dogs and segregated according to their gender.

• Puppies must be microchipped by nine weeks old and kittens microchipped by 12 weeks old.

• All breeding dogs must undergo an annual health check by a licensed veterinarian.

Ms Jessica Kwok, group director of AVA's Animal Management Group, said: "We sought feedback from key stakeholders such as pet businesses, animal welfare groups and the Pets Enterprises & Traders Association, Singapore (Petas), to seek suggestions and understand concerns."

She added that AVA has been working with these stakeholders since last December to prepare them for the changes.

Anyone who encounters animal welfare issues can call AVA's 24-hour hotline on 1800-476-1600.

The full list of revised licensing conditions can be found on AVA's website.

Lester Wong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2017, with the headline 'Tighter licensing rules for pet shops and pet farms'. Subscribe