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HRSS' effort - Letter to ST Forum (Unpublished)

19 Feb 2010

Animal abuse takes on less obvious forms as well
Teeny Teh
Volunteer, HRSS

I refer to the “Cat abuser gets 10 weeks’ jail” article in the Prime News section of yesterday’s Straits Times.

For being found guilty of swinging a cat twice against a wall, ZamZam Ismail received 10 weeks’ jail. I applaud the authorities for taking such animal abuse seriously. However, I would also like to highlight that most animal abuse take on less obvious forms and are equally as cruel.

In the course of our rescue work, we have seen all kinds of rabbit abuse – from rabbits that have been kept in cages so small they are unable to even turn around, to those that are left untreated when they are sick and diseased. Some pet owners even allow their rabbits to go without food and water for days, saying they “forgot to feed them”, and some even leave their rabbit in its own excretions until the acidity burns their fur off.

And of course, the biggest misconception – that setting their rabbit “free” (in parks and reservoirs) is doing them a service. Domesticated rabbits cannot and will not survive in the wild and will end up dying slow painful deaths.

Pet abuse and abandonment, which is a crime where a person found guilty can be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up to 12 months, should never be an option.

I urge all who witness any forms of animal abuse to report it to the police, Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) or SPCA.

With a conscious, concerted effort, we can improve the lives of pet animals in Singapore.

House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to rabbit welfare and awareness. HRSS aims to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits in Singapore through education.


ST 18 Feb 09 - Cat Abuser gets ten weeks jail


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