“The sooner we acknowledge that animals are emotional beings, the sooner we will cease destroying them and embrace them as our brothers and sisters.”
Dolphins, otters, dugongs, whales, crabs, mudskippers
Birds-of-paradise, parrots, hornbills, songbirds, owls, ducks, kingfishers, storks, pelicans, herons, hawks, kites, eagles
Porcupines, mousedeer, lemurs, bats, squirrels, shrews, weasels, mongooses, elephants, porpoises, rats, monkeys
Snakes, lizards, crocodiles, cobras, scorpions, bugs
You may see small domestic animals such as dogs and cats sometimes placed in cages and then left in a corridor without human companions. It is a common practice by some pet owners to prevent pets who are too active or not toilet trained from destroying the house. Abandonment of dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs is rare but can happen. In public housing, you may also see stray cats and dogs that are called community animals and taken care of by all. You might witness a higher percentage than in the West of dogs that are muzzled when in public. This is considered responsible pet ownership in Singapore.
Chickens are caged to avoid lurking in the countryside. Farm animals such as horses are also chained.
On passing laws sanctioning cruelty to animals (from A -best- to G -worst) according to the World Animal Protection Index:not rated
As of 2014, there were new developments and additions to the Animal and Birds Act. The law penalizes first time offenders (both of animal-related businesses and pet owners) of animal cruelty and abandonment.
It is illegal to kill, take or keep any wild animal or bird without a license.
Involvement in any business or incident related to animal fighting are included in the punishable acts of cruelty in the Animal and Birds Act.
We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.