Animal-control ops: Contractors must comply with AVA rules

AVA officers inspecting chickens from Malaysia.

SINGAPORE - We refer to Ms Vinita Ramani Mohan's feedback ("Put a stop to illegal monkey trapping"; Aug 11).

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) engages external contractors to support our animal-control operations in response to public feedback on monkey nuisance, aggression and threats to public safety.

All contractors have to comply with the AVA's requirements on capturing, handling and transporting of the animals, including the location of the control operations.

This is to ensure that the welfare of the captured animals is not compromised. In addition, the condition of all animals sent to the AVA are checked upon arrival.

The AVA also conducts surprise inspections on our contractors regularly to ensure compliance.

With regard to the contractor highlighted by Ms Mohan, the AVA did not engage him while he was being investigated by the National Parks Board.

Members of the public who have feedback on monkey issues may contact the AVA on 1800-476-1600.

Wong Hon Mun (Dr)

Group Director Agri Establishment Regulation Group for Chief Executive Officer

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority

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