Target: Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s National Development Minister
Goal: Pass new bill in Singapore that will dramatically strengthen the country’s animal cruelty laws
A new anti-animal cruelty bill in Singapore is poised to make history. If passed into law, the Animal and Birds Bill will amend the country’s current animal welfare laws and strengthen penalties for crimes against animals. This is the result of years of work and is expected to be only the beginning of even more legislative protection for animals.
In its Parliament’s history, Singapore has never had a Private Member’s bill submitted for Ministry of National Development (MND) matters. If passed, the bill will give teeth to recommendations made by the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee. A few of those recommendations include requiring owners to provide reasonable care for their animals, requiring all staff working within business dealing with animals to have extensive training, and stronger penalties for offenders, including up to $40,000 in fines and two years in prison.
Minister Khaw is confident that the bill will create an environment of responsibility surrounding animal treatment for both individuals and businesses. He also added that multiple consultations and viewpoints were taken into consideration in the creation of the bill. According to Khaw, this animal welfare is only the beginning and more bills intended to improve the lives of animals are in the works.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and support this landmark bill so that animals throughout Singapore can have the protection and consideration they deserve.
Dear Minister Khaw,
Several members of Parliament recently submitted a landmark bill that will strengthen Singapore’s animal welfare laws and increase penalties for those that violate them. It will also give more weight to future recommendations on behalf of the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee.
Thank you so much for your commitment to protecting animals throughout Singapore. I strongly support this bill and hope to see many more pieces of animal welfare legislation in the future. Hopefully, a firm government stance on animal cruelty will make potential violators think twice about their horrific actions.
[Your Name Here]
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