Joint effort to curb mynah problem

Mynahs feeding off a bowl of food at a coffeeshop in Serangoon North Avenue 1

SINGAPORE - We agree with Mr Andrew Seow that resolving the mynah issue will require everyone's cooperation. ("Growing mynah menace"; Dec 15).

As the first responder for animal-related feedback, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) takes the lead in coordinating an inter-agency approach to address animal-related issues.

AVA has embarked on a study on the ecology and population management of Javan mynahs, a bird common in Singapore.

The study revealed that factors favourable to mynah presence are improper food disposal at eating establishments, uncovered rubbish dumps, irresponsible feeding of birds and cats, and littering.

AVA is reviewing the findings and recommendations together with the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the National Parks Board to look into long-term solutions in managing mynah nuisance issues.

To address improper food disposal that attracts mynahs, the NEA wishes to remind foodshop operators to keep their premises clean, ensure rubbish bins are properly covered and clear food scraps and soiled crockery from tables promptly.

Patrons can also help by leaving a clean table after a meal and returning used crockery to the return points if available. A clean environment will discourage mynahs from scavenging for food scraps.

Members of the public can do their part by not littering or feeding wild birds.

Alvin Goh

Director, Animal Welfare and Control Department

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority


Tai Ji Choong

Director, Environmental Health Department

National Environment Agency

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