SINGAPORE - Singapore Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, praised MPs Yeo Guat Kwang, Alex Yam, Gan Thiam Poh, Edwin Tong and Vikram Nair for tabling a bill in Parliament that would set new animal welfare standards for individuals and businesses in Singapore.
In a blog post on Friday, Mr Khaw noted that the Private Member Bill is a rare one. "In our Parliament history, there have not been many Private Member's Bills. On MND matters, there has been none," wrote Mr Khaw.
He said the new bill, which would amend the Animals and Birds Act, will aid the recommendations by the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee (AWLRC), chaired by Mr Yeo.
According to Mr Khaw, the bill will "engender greater responsibility amongst pet owners" and penalties for convicted acts of animal cruelty will also be updated.
Mr Khaw added: "The Bill is the fruit of more than two years of hard work. Numerous consultations were organised to ensure that all views were considered. It reflects a diversity of perspectives from animal lovers and those who are less comfortable being around animals. We need the understanding and cooperation of all, as we try to balance these diverse views.
"The key objective is to achieve a harmonious living environment for everyone. In this journey towards higher animal welfare standards, Mr Yeo's Bill marks a big step forward for us and our companion animals."