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Rise of animal abuse cases demands stronger measures: Shanmugam

SINGAPORE — More can be done to prevent cruelty against animals and encouraging responsible pet ownership, said Law Minister K Shanmugam at the Asia for Animals Conference this morning (Jan 14).

SINGAPORE — More can be done to prevent cruelty against animals and encouraging responsible pet ownership, said Law Minister K Shanmugam at the Asia for Animals Conference this morning (Jan 14).

In his speech as guest of honour, Mr Shanmugam shared that Singapore has taken many “substantive measures” in advancing the cause of animal rights here, including changing the law and nurturing compassion for animals in children by introducing it in the education syllabus.

This year, a Bill to increase the penalties for animal abuse will be introduced in Parliament, to increase the current fine of S$10,000 to $50,000 for repeat offenders who abuse animals.

Said Mr Shanmugam: “We will develop stronger measures, more penalties and focus a lot more on education.”

Citing statistics from the AVA and SPCA, he noted that “there has been a worrying growth in the number of animal welfare and cruelty cases” over the years.

“The changes to the legislation that have been proposed, which will substantially enhance the penalties, will send a strong deterrent message,” he added.

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