You've seen an animal being
abused in Singapore and want to do something to stop
it, but you don't know what to do. Here are a few steps
to help you with a cruelty investigation.
and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore is the
statutory board that licenses all pet shops in Singapore.
No animals can be displayed or sold without the necessary
clearances from AVA.
here to download (PDF) the rules governing the display
and sale of rabbits in Singapore by AVA.
Despite these strict rules, HRSS receives many complaints
of pet shops abusing animals, particularly rabbits.
If you see a pet shop selling underage rabbits (rabbits
younger than 10 weeks) or mistreating them, please send
an email to AVA's Centre for Animal Welfare and Control
(CAWC). CAWC's contact information is:
Centre for Animal Welfare and Control (CAWC)
Agri-food and Veterinary Authority
75 Pasir Panjang Road
Animal exhibition/ pet shop licences contact
Please be very specific in your description of the
situation and include details such as the name of pet
shop, date and time of the incident, how the rabbits
were housed, what you saw, etc. This will make AVA's
investigations easier. If you can, photograph the situation.
In your correspondence with AVA, you must include
your complete contact information.
If you need further assistance from HRSS, please don't
hesitate to contact us. Though we have no legal powers
for policing pet shops in Singapore, we will do everything
we can to guide and help you.
Against Individual Pet Owners
If you see any rabbit suffering, you should report
the errant individual(s) to the authorities. We suggest
the following course of action:
First, confront the individual concerned. If he is
a youngster, demand to speak to his or her parent. Tell
them that this is not the way to treat a rabbit. If
they are willing to listen, counsel them on rabbit care
and behaviour. You might find HRSS’ basic rabbit
care flyers useful. Often, you will be amazed to
find how ignorant people can be.
If this doesn't work, please report the case to the
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
SPCA has inspectors who will personally go down to investigate
the situation. SPCA can be contacted at its hotline
62875355. Please click
here for more information.
If you need further assistance from HRSS, please do
not hesitate to contact us. Though we are an all-volunteer
organisation and our resources are often limited, we
will do everything we can to guide and help you.
As you know, in 2002, Singapore passed laws which
raised maximum fines and jail terms for animal-cruelty
offences to $10,000 and 12 months respectively. So please
express your strong disapproval of animal abuse. Animal
abuse is not only socially unacceptable but it also
reflects a lack of respect for life itself!