SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) intends to review the regulation of pet boarding companies, said senior parliamentary secretary of the Department of National Development (MDN) Sun Xueling on Wednesday the 13th. February.
This will be part of a “holistic review” of the regulatory approach for the pet industry, she added.
“AVA will engage its stakeholders, including animal owners, industry players and animal welfare groups, to find the right balance between their diverse needs and interests,” she said.
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Ms Sun was responding to Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng, who asked if the ministry would introduce a licensing requirement for pet boarding businesses in addition to the standards and best practices listed in the Code of Animal Welfare.
His question shines a light on the pet boarding industry, which came under scrutiny after at least one dog from Platinium Dogs Club pet boarding was found dead in its care .
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Ms. Sun said all pet business operators, including pet boarders, have a duty of care to the animals they handle. The AVA currently licenses pet shops and pet farms, some of which have commercial pet boarding houses, she added.
Beyond the Code of Animal Welfare, AVA may take enforcement action against pet boarding companies under the Animals and Birds Act for breach of this duty of care or for cruelty to animals. .
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In December last year, authorities raided the premises of the Platinium Dogs Club as part of an investigation into allegations of animal abuse in the center.
In response to Ms. Sun’s comments on the revised rules for the pet boarding industry, Mr. Ng asked if there was a list of pet boarders that could be referred to in the meantime, so that spot checks can be carried out proactively to prevent abuse. .
Ms. Sun replied that the AVA maintains a list of commercial boarders on pet farms. Mr Ng, however, said the problem could lie in premises such as the Platinium Dogs Club, which are not housed on pet farms.
âPet boarders are currently not required to have a permit unless they are on farmland. I think we have to keep in mind that there are many pet boarders who are benefactors, well-meaning animal lovers who provide pet boarding facilities, âMs. Soleil responded.
Currently, under the Animals and Birds Act, offenders who fail in their duty to protect animals in the conduct of an animal related business may be subject to a fine of up to ‘to S $ 40,000 and / or up to two years in prison, if convicted.