“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”
— Albert Schweitzer

Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies

SAWS & Public Forum

On the 25th of February 2012, we welcomed the public to join us at the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies at Chong Pang Community Club; the largest and most diverse animal protection event in the history of Singapore. The event was jointly organised by ACRES, Chong Pang Division, Chong Pang YEC, NUS PEACE and Young NTUC, and supported by the PAP Community Foundation.

We were excited about the chance to inspire everyone to join in a meaningful dialogue about furthering the animal protection movement in Singapore. The event featured presentations by animal protection organisations, lively panel discussions on a range of animal protection issues, an update on the recommendations raised at the First Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies in 2011, and the exciting opportunity to take part in a Public Forum with Minister K. Shanmugam, Grassroots Advisor- change to his full title as in the press release.

The Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies drew hundreds of people to speak up for animals in Singapore- over 450 people turned up to show their support for creating positive change for animals, a sure sign that the animal protection movement is gathering pace in Singapore. The crowd also had the chance to hear about how their feedback from last year's event has helped shape animal welfare policies and resulted in significant progress over the past year.

SAWS & Public Forum "By working together, by providing constructive feedback, and by engaging each other positively, we have achieved more for the animals," said Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director of ACRES. "Let us continue this journey together, let us remain positive that change is happening, and let us continue to be the voice for animals."

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Minister K Shanmugam, government representatives, animal welfare groups, and most of all the members of the public for joining us at the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies, and giving us the opportunity to inspire a diverse group of voices to join the conversation and create positive change for animals in Singapore.

Programme for the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies

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Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies

25th February 2012

Chong Pang Community Club

 

Time

Activity

0800 – 0900

Registration. Viewing of exhibition booths by:

 

1.          ACRES.

2.          Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD).

3.          Animal Lovers League (ALL).

4.          AVA.

5.          Cat Welfare Society (CWS).

6.          Chong Pang YEC.

7.          House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS).

8.          Mutts and Mittens.

9.          NParks.

10.       NUS PEACE.

11.       Project FIN.

12.       Save our Street Dogs (SOSD).

13.       Shark Savers Singapore.

14.       SPCA.

15.       Veggie Thursday.

16.       Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).

17.       Young NTUC.

 

0900 – 0905

Welcome Address by Mr. Tan En, Vice-Chairman, Chong Pang YEC.

 

0905 – 1030

Session on Humane Domestic Animal Management.

Chaired by Mr. Ong Say Lin, President, NUS PEACE.

 

0905 – 0915: Community Dog Management - Mr. Ricky Yeo, President, ASD.

0915 – 0925: Getting to The Heart of The Stray Cat Issue - Ms. Veron Lau, Vice-President, CWS.

0925 – 0935: Puppy Mill and Animal Welfare Legislation Change - Ms. Selina Sebastian, Education Executive and Ms. Deirdre Moss, Animal Welfare Director, SPCA.

0935 – 0945: The Rabbit Problems in Singapore - Ms. Betty Tan, Vice-President, HRSS.

0945 – 1030: Q & A with panellists:

Mr. Mohan Div, Treasurer, ALL; Mr. Ricky Yeo, President, ASD; Dr. Lou Ek Hee, Assistant Director, Animal Welfare Section,  AVA; Ms. Veron Lau, Vice-President, CWS; Ms. Betty Tan, Vice-President, HRSS; Mr. Cohen Ng, Director, Mutts and Mittens Foundation; Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Chairman, SOSD; and Ms. Corinne Fong, Executive Director, SPCA.

 

1030 – 1100

Refreshment break.

 

1100 – 1210

Session on Tackling Wildlife Crime.

Chaired by Mr. Tan En, Vice-Chairman, Chong Pang YEC.

 

1100 – 1110: Tackling Wildlife Crime: AVA’s Role in Wildlife Enforcement – Mr. Gerald Neo, Manager (Wildlife), AVA.

1110 – 1130: ARREST: Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking - Mr. Steve Galster, Director, FREELAND Foundation and Chief of Party, ARREST.

1130 – 1140: Sniffing Out Wildlife Crime in Singapore - Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director, ACRES.

1140 – 1210: Q & A with panellists:

Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director, ACRES; Mr. Gerald Neo, Manager (Wildlife), AVA and Mr. Steve Galster, Director, FREELAND Foundation and Chief of Party, ARREST.

 

1210 – 1300

Session on Addressing Zoo Animal Welfare Concerns.

Chaired by Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director, ACRES.

 

1210 – 1220: Tools to Improve and Measure the Welfare of Captive Wildlife - Dr. Sonja Luz, Director of Conservation, Research and WRS Learning Centre, WRS.

1220 – 1230: Addressing Zoo Animal Welfare Concerns in Singapore.- Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director, ACRES.

1230 – 1300: Q & A with panellists:

Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director, ACRES; Dr. Lou Ek Hee, Assistant Director, Animal Welfare Section,  AVA; Ms. Deirdre Moss, Animal Welfare Director, SPCA and Dr. Sonja Luz, Director of Conservation, Research and WRS Learning Centre, WRS.

 


1300 – 1400

Lunch and viewing of exhibition booths.

 

1400 – 1420

Safeguarding the Welfare of Animals in Singapore – Dr. Lou Ek Hee, Assistant Director, Animal Welfare Section, AVA.

 

1420 – 1440

Updates on the Recommendations Raised at the First Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies - Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director, ACRES.

 

1440 – 1500

Keynote speech by Minister K Shanmugam.

 

1500 – 1625

Public forum on animal protection legislation in Singapore.

Moderated by: Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director, ACRES

Panelists: Minister K Shanmugam; Mr. Ong Say Lin, President, NUS PEACE and Ms. Low Wei Ling, President, KeepCats.

 

1625 – 1630

Closing Address by Mr. Ong Say Lin, President, NUS PEACE.

 

1630 – 1700

Touring of booths by Minister K Shanmugam.