Friday, October 05, 2007

World Animal Day Exhibition

If you're in the vicinity of Marina Square Saturday or Sunday(or if you have a free day!), do drop by Marina Square level 3, where there will be a World Animal Day Exhibition. Organised by Action for Singapore Dogs, CWS will be one of the organisations there, along with Noah's Ark CARES.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't WAD be on a higher profile? People do get bored with roadshows after a while.

5/10/07 12:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We did a big concert one year (though not that many people came) and another year we had a mass walk with the animals, and a third year we had a big day out at Fort canning with all the different animal groups. The problem is that these all take a lot of planning and with Spay Day being our WAD celebration, we don't have the manpower to plan two large events.

5/10/07 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree, the best way to celebrate WAD is to focus on sterilisation.

5/10/07 1:40 PM  
Blogger Hai~Ren said...

A pity that amidst all the attempts to promote a society more caring and compassionate towards fellow species, we still have the xenophobic and close-minded who seek to deprive us of the companionship of our beloved furry brethren.

The AVA ruling on dog licensing unfairly penalises those responsible owners living in HDB flats who happen to own too many dogs or a dog not belonging to the approved breed, while irresponsible owners living in condominiums and bungalows slip beneath the net. Not to mention the spike in dog abandonment as those half-hearted owners who cannot commit themselves would rather leave their dog to an uncertain fate instead of being brave and risk the consequences if eventually caught.

And now a letter to the ST Forum is drawing out the anti-dog folks like male dogs to a bitch in a heat (pardon the analogy):

http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Story/STIStory_164160.html

The latest news about the husky that attacked a child at Sentosa is only going to polarise the issue even further.

Tough times are looming for animal lovers in Singapore. =( I propose it is time that dog and cat lovers band together to show that collectively, we will not accept being the convenient targets and scapegoats of the intolerant.

5/10/07 3:49 PM  
Blogger Hai~Ren said...

Oh, and in my distress, I forgot.

Happy belated World Animal Day to all (which IMHO, ought to be celebrated every day; what a cliched statement =D)

5/10/07 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I happened to see the someone's copy of the New Paper today and the headline of dog ...on ear..i said.oh oh..NP sensationalizes again...

The greatest danger in Singapore is STRESS....

5/10/07 5:35 PM  
Anonymous no patience said...

It's time to have compulsory classes on dog training for dog owners wishing to buy pedigreed dogs. The puppy mills must be made equally responsible for the large number of dogs killed each year.

Why Huskies in hot Singapore?

Don't they know they are supposed to leased up their dogs in public places? Crazy to let a big dog like huskies run on the lose in a public place, the dog will pay for his life because of a #X!*@! owner.

Now medium size mongrels will be ban even more in HDB!

AVA should fund animal welfare groups to conduct responsible pet ownership programmes.

5/10/07 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The child could have lost its balance due to the size of the dog. Dog wanted to lick or pick the child up but perceived as aggressive by worried parents.

Why blame the dog...victim's father almost killed the dog. Can you imagine the tragedy?

There are too many cases of people letting their dogs run free in East Coast Park in early hours of the morning and that caused numerous cats there being torn to bits. Punish the irresponsible powers, Singapore has no space for ' born free ' romantic dogscape.

5/10/07 8:11 PM  
Blogger budak said...

In Russia, cats and the Hermitage museum go together...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7029370.stm?lsm

5/10/07 9:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

First of all I hope the little girl is okay.

Here's some information on the husky as a breed :-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_Husky

I do think that dogs in public should not be left off the leash in Singapore - it's too crowded and quite a few people aren't familiar with dogs and don't know how to behave around them, which can lead to problems. For example (and I'm not saying this is what happened in this case), I'm sure everyone is familiar with people screaming when they see a dog which is just walking with the owner - though the dog isn't near them. The dog is curious/excited/baffled and may react if the owner isn't quick enough to prevent the dog from checking out what the dog perceives to be strange behaviour.

No one knows exactly what happened, but the little girl may have understandly panicked when the dog approached her and the dog picking up on that, may have reacted.

What IS certain is that killing the dog isn't a solution. It's not the dog's fault because it reacted instinctively to some sort of stimuli - unlike people, animals don't attack without a reason.

At the same time, I think Singapore needs more places for dogs - more parks, puppy runs, etc. Right now, I live near a park in the US and tons of people walk their dogs there - and some do let their dogs off the leash to play but their owners are always nearby keeping an eye on them.

budak - I've always wanted to go to the Hermitage. Now there's an additional reason to go!

5/10/07 10:44 PM  
Anonymous fed up said...

There are hundreds of very devoted dog owners who celebrated joyous bonding with their wonderful pets but when a child got knocked down and her ear torn by an anxious dog, the reaction from public can be unforgiving and severe action may be taken by HDB and AVA or other groups to evict all medium and large dogs from HDB.

One silly girl who can't control a large dog may trigger blood bath.

Welfare groups with limited funds usually do not focus their attention on pedigreed dogs.
So the public must report on cases of cruelty and stupidity.

AVA must look into the atrocious breeding farms where animals are kept in small cages for long periods of time and review it's low
$650 breeding licence and do some soul searching whether they need to produce so many puppies.

What happens to the old dogs in a puppy mill? Every dog must be accounted for. And if they are missing or dead, breeder must pay for post mortum or produce a death cert from the vet. Are there adequate protection for all dogs in Singapore now in captivity as an ' economic ' good?

5/10/07 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is that animals including our companion animals are not treated as "sentient beings" and hence as far as AVA is concerned, as it is NOT a HUMANE society but merely ANIMAL CONTROL, it cannot interfere with the business aspect of dog breeding!
How do we get the government that dogs in breeding farms in Pasir Ris Farmway can suffer just like its human citizens? If this is not recognised, it is hard to close down these hell-holes!
It remains for us to set examples by adopting rescued animals and not influencing our friends with the truth behind the pet shops! Hopefully this will catch on.
Why the buying stops, the breeding will have to stop.

5/10/07 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typo

It remains for us to set examples by adopting rescued animals and influencing our friends with the truth behind the pet shops! Hopefully this will catch on.

5/10/07 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop blaming the dog, humans can wreck havoc swiftly if they are attacked so they must not lose their cool head and kill the dog.

The father of the child was understandably upset but he does not have the right to insist the dog must be put down. The case must be properly investigated but I fear the dog is up against the human race, a specie that ....have given very little rights to the animals. Animals have no rights.

6/10/07 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8/10/07 12:50 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, taking that off because it was potentially defamatory. Technically there are rules against backyard breeding - but again it's a question of proof.

8/10/07 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks dawn, didn't realize that would be defamatory. talking about proof - i've been trying to take photographs of these very very sick ill treatment and abuse in backyard breeding BUT. well, let's just say that if each time a bitch gives birth to a litter of 4 pups = $3,000 - $6,000 in pure profits (withOUT tax) and there are more than 20 bitches inside tiny cages, that'll easily average at $90,000 in profits. Do we think that these very evil bastards (both male and female versions) would let us gather proof easily?! (i've been trying - the last time i fell and sprained my ankle. nothing compared to the kind of endless torture the dogs were going through.) those breeding hell holes i mentioned? the poor tortured dogs are locked up 24/7 x death inside dark rooms without windows!!!! proof there sure is and AVA should be the ones gunning down proof!!

8/10/07 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly not impossible to catch.
Because animals are treated like econmic goods, they'll be reproduced and replaced so you know rumours of dogs and cats being drowned in backyard after their breeding days are over.

Those who knew and have no courage to report have become accomplice.

8/10/07 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those who in one way or another, enable the profiteering of breeding are guilty. it always takes 2 hands to clap. seriously, please take a pause whenever we buy products from petshops who are direct accomplice to these backyard breeders. petshops that takes pups on consignment to sell. petshop operators who pretends that unsold pups are returned to farm freedom. hello? all unsold pups are murdered after they grow out of their unsold cuteness. let's face up to evil. Do we really really want to patronise these pet shops and lie to ourselves that there isn't any choice, that it's really okay since we cannot do anything? we can! so please, choose to buy only from a responsible petshop.

8/10/07 11:05 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous it's what you implied about another group taking money for it that was potentially defamatory - ie you may be imputing corruption.

8/10/07 11:44 PM  

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