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Animal Lovers Rally to Save Stray Dogs in Singapore

Animal Lovers Rally to Save Stray Dogs in Singapore

 

Written by Kirsten Han

After a jogger was scratched and bitten by a pack of stray dogs on December 14 at a new park in Punggol in Singapore, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has stepped up efforts to round up the stray dogs around the area. Almost 30 dogs have been caught. About 4 have been deemed to be aggressive, and been put down.

Since then, animal-loving Singaporeans have rallied to the cause, setting up a Facebook page appealing to Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Member of Parliament Ms Penny Low and the AVA to stop the culling.

“There are so many ways we could meaningfully reduce the homeless animal population. Actively discouraging people from abandoning animals. Letting people give animals a home in their flats. Supporting and encouraging sterilization of animals. All of these solutions would be better than killing tens of thousands of homeless animals under the guise of ‘public safety’.”

Volunteers have also begun to rescue dogs from culling, putting their photos up on the group to seek fosterers and adopters.

Haslinda hopes that the episode won’t put people off visiting the area:

“Those who are familiar with this place may have seen the stray dogs several times. I hope this news have not turned off anyone from visiting this place. Just wish to point out some locations where I had seen the dogs. So don’t be surprised if you see them loitering around. They won’t attack anyone without reason.”

@jolantru blogs about her opposition to the culling of strays:

“…seeing them being culled hurts. It feels like SARS all over. I adopted Meow, a kitten picked up from the streets during that fateful year, and he is with me now, a healthy and extremely affectionate tom. Cat lovers were shocked and outraged by the indiscriminate culling. Perhaps, AVA was just doing its job – but killing wasn’t the answer.”

However, the AVA has cited the need to ensure the safety of Singaporeans, as well as to control and prevent the spread of rabies.

This post was originally published by Global Voices.

 

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9:33AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Singapore how about culling humans for a change, one human less would free resources for a hundred non-human animals, and with your love for exotic meat wouldn't human meat be the ultimate exotica?

1:47PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:32AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

PLEASE THERE MUST BE ANIMAL LOVERS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO CARE & WHO CAN HELP THIS TRAGIC & ALMOST DESPERATE SITUATION,, THESE ARE GOD'S CREATURES,THEY DESERVE LOVE & KINDNESS... SURELY A BETTER SHELTER CAN BE BUILT TO HELP THE STRAYS.. IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE A COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE COME TO WORK & LEAD A GOOD LIFE.. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THIS, THE ANIMALS CANNOT & MUST NOT BE ABANDONED WHEN IT IS OVER.. THERE SHOULD BE A LAW TO PROTECT THEM !

11:06AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

its great to hear this, good work.

6:48PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

"Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”...."

4:44PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Killing the animals seems to be the only solution for many of these governments, the easiest and cheapest solution probably. The culling of all animals needs to stop.

2:28AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

i am sharing it on facebook also and let's keep making a difference all over the world the more noise we make, more impact will come, better outcome

5:19PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Glad the citizens are stepping in.

5:27AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Thank the savers. Singapore is not poor that somethings must happen there.
Thanks for the article.

3:56AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I think a lot has to do with the price of spaying or nuetering. If they give people a decent price, maybe there would not be so many strays. Culling is NOT the answer.

As for the aggressive ones, maybe they were just hungry, or protecting their puppies.

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