The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority's latest move is welcome news to animal welfare advocates in Singapore and is a long-awaited step in the right direction ("Stiffer AVA rules on pet purchases"; Tuesday).
Many people, including Dr Edmund Lam ("More ways to curb pet neglect"; Friday), have called for a cooling-off period for pet purchases.
We encourage the authorities to consider this suggestion.
A period of three to seven days to reconsider one's options is not unreasonable, seeing how many pets are purchased in haste and then abandoned.
Implementing this can only help the authorities in reducing the stray population due to abandonment, and in cutting neighbour complaints about pet-related matters, such as barking and irresponsible pet care through neglect.
The sanctity of life needs to be considered in pet purchases.
Many things can be bought and discarded as trash when one loses interest, but this is not the case for an animal.
Let us have the will to prevent impulsive shopping decisions that lead to unnecessary blame for pet shops, or become costly ones for the Government, animal welfare groups and, most of all, the innocent, helpless animals.
Eunice Amanda Wilbertine Nah (Ms)
Chief Advocate (Volunteer)
Agency for Animal Welfare
FORUM NOTE: The Agency for Animal Welfare is a non-profit organisation.
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