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[Taken from thedailyinquirer.net]
A photo of a white puppy pegged to a clothesline was posted on social networking site Facebook, from which it received a huge outcry from both netizens and animal lovers. A young Filipino, Jerzon Senador, had posted this picture up, and in response to the public outrage the photo had garnered, he boasted that he would not be jailed.
Animal activists, including the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), are hoping that the boy would be prosecuted for his blatant act of cruelty. The teenager has since removed the image from his Facebook site and has written an apology. It read, “I hope you could forgive me and I promise it would never happen again.”
Netizens have refused to forgive him, and his apology has prompted a whole host of Facebook pages expressing their outrage against this teen. In the meantime, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has launched an investigation into the case.
Source: Puppy left hanging on a clothes line The Straits Times 17 June 2011
Want to prepare a tasty and nutritious meal for your adorable pooches? Time to put your aprons on as Executive Chef Low Hoe Kiat conducts a mini cooking class for all participants!
Chef Low Hoe Kiat
Som Thai’s Executive Chef, Low Hoe Kiat, 39, is a well-versed chef who is able to prepare various types of delectable cuisine from Thai, Chinese to Western food. With up to 20 years of experience, the chef perfected his craft working at several fine-dining establishments in the hotel industry. He certainly believes in selecting the freshest ingredients for all his dishes and presenting only the best food to his customers.
Previously from Flourishing Court Restaurant (Temasek Club) as a Sous Chef, Chef Kiat meticulously oversees the operations of the restaurant, the poolside as well as the banquet production. He pays attention even to the little details. Following on, he progressed on as a Senior Sous Chef at Le Meridien Hotel Singapore by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group. Since then, he undertook greater responsibilities by managing the food operation of the hotel such as being involved in food production, purchasing and training.
After accumulating many years of experience, he is now working in Som Thai as an Executive Chef. Since February 2011, he has been working with his team of Thai chefs, establishing excellent relationship with one another. Together, they are continuously creating new dishes to please the ever-changing taste-buds of the customers.
Date: 29 October 2011, Saturday
Time: 2.30pm to 5pm
Venue: 11 Unity Street #01-27/28 Robertson Walk, Som Thai Restaurant
Cooking Demonstration (edible for dogs & people):
1.Braised Beef with Sweet Potatoes and Snow Peas, served with Brown Rice
2.Stir-fried Minced Chicken and Chicken Peas, served with Carrot Rice
Registration Fee includes:
Buffet spread for attendees including dishes for dogs
A copy of Epicure magazine (worth $8)
A 6-month subscription to Pets Magazine (worth $15 off the newsstands)
*DOGS ARE WELCOME!
Singapore World Animal day 2011 – PAW AT THE BEACH Videoz
World Animal Day began at a 1931 convention of ecologists in Italy. It’s celebrated October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi (patron saint of animals and environment). Today churches worldwide still give blessings to animals on this day. Rescue organizations and animal welfare groups also arrange events on this day to highlight issues in a fun and family-oriented way.
This September 25 (the F1 weekend) SPCA is holding its event at the East Coast Park. Some 2,000 animal lovers and their pets got together on Sunday at a carnival at East Coast Park to mark World Animal Day, a carnival including agility competitions, a meeting of animal welfare groups, stage games, and just a day out for you and your pooch.
“The dog learns when to play, and when not to play. So the principle behind this sport is what we call balance-drive. If the dogs don’t exercise, they get frustrated, but we teach the dog – okay now you can play, and now you ‘switch off’,” said dog trainer Stanley Yee.
This year, the SPCA wants to “make a stand against animal neglect. Causing intentional harm to an animal is abuse but neglect is not any less severe.” The SPCA saw a staggering 15% increase in animal cruelty cases (987 as of June 2011).
Today Dimples, the abused and neglected beagle in a 2009 case, was featured in Yahoo Singapore news. Shown by pictures taken by the informant, Dimples’ snout and front legs were taped to prevent him from moving and barking, left outside on the owner’s balcony. The owner was only fined. A mere slap on the wrist.
The SPCA believes most of these neglect and abuse cases can be chalked up to ignorance. Perhaps most people don’t realize that dogs have feelings. I guess if they “stored” their dogs on the balcony, with minimal to no interaction, there is no way these people would ever realize the truth of what a dog is. If anyone spent even a minute looking into the eyes of a dog, they would have no doubt.
It may be ignorance but there is more. I question how some people think. Even logically if you don’t have time, don’t get a dog. I also believe a well-balanced person, no matter the level of education or economic background, will not intentionally be cruel in thought, action, and speech to others, especially those under their care. If people had ways to constructively vent their frustrations or unhappiness (eg through nature walks, communication, even punching a cushion), we would see a decline in animal cruelty cases.
Along with awareness campaigns, I think we need support for the communities, to allow people to evaluate their values and beliefs. We need to teach our kids to be strong and be true to themselves, not to be pushed by mob mentality, peer pressure, or conventional concepts of machoism and masculinity. It doesn’t show strength of character or bravery to hurt another being, especially one more vulnerable. Strength and courage is the ability to do the right thing, when no one else dares to. I think it’s time that we dig deep.
Animal Welfare Groups go Undercover at Pet Shops and Farms
Singapore, 24 February 2011 – “Can you help with the licensing of the dog? Can you tell me more about the puppy’s parents? Am I able to see the puppy’s parents?” These and more questions were posed to 35 pet shops and farms when the animal welfare groups went undercover over the period of November and December 2010.
The undercover operation was a follow-up from the ‘Stop the Cruelty in Puppy Mills’ campaign launched in October 2010 which saw the birth of a dedicated website (http://sgpuppies.com) a joint effort by seven animal welfare groups to raise awareness about the unethical and unacceptable practices of puppy mills in Singapore. The undercover operation (survey results attached) was aimed at establishing the current conditions for dogs in pet shops and pet farms, to observe the sales process first hand whilst ascertaining how much information was conveyed to customers, in terms of pet care and background of puppies on sale.
The outcome and findings from the undercover operations is far from positive. A total of 19 out of 35 establishments failed to comply with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority’s (AVA) standards and these cases have since been referred to the AVA. Of the conditions not being adhered to these included unsuitable flooring, small cages and unsatisfactory hygiene. In relation to assisting with application of dog licences, all 13 pet farms and 33 per cent of shops declined to help. 92 per cent of the farms and shops did not question prospective buyers on their knowledge of puppy care and very few shops were proactive in offering pet care tips.
79 per cent did not provide details about the puppy’s parents when asked, while 84 per cent did not allow viewing of parents. Two responses to a request to see the parents were “For what? You are buying the puppy not the parent”, while another question was met with a counterclaim “If you can find another pet farm which allows you to see the parents, the pup is free”.
Ms. Deirdre Moss, Executive Director of the SPCA says the disappointing results and glaring lapses are somewhat expected. “It is a case of puppies for profit and the results highlight the urgent need for setting higher industry standards and best practices, a robust licensing system and increase rigorous enforcement for the trade”, said Ms. Moss
Ms Shirley Goh a volunteer from Cat Welfare Society, who participated in the survey found that in many pet shops, the living condition of the animals do not meet the AVA stipulated standards, “This exercise shows how important it is that the public are made aware of animal welfare standards in the pet trade to make an informed decision when they are buying, as well as to act as community eyes and ears when it comes to safeguarding the welfare of the animals.”
Mr. Ricky Yeo, President of Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) said “the survey has exposed the glaring shortfalls of the pet trade with a blatant disregard for the standards set to ensure the welfare of the animals being sold. On top of enforcement, the public also needs to empower themselves with the knowledge and responsibility to discern the ethical pet shops and to report errant ones.”
The results from the undercover operation have been forwarded in a paper to the AVA with key recommendations such as improvements to flooring, abolishment of the use of water bottles, mandatory licensing at the point of sale as well as proper counseling on pet care prior to any purchase of a pet.
Other recommendations include a, “Think twice before you buy” poster (designed by welfare groups and endorsed by AVA) that should be prominently displayed in all shops and farms, and improvements to be made in all 19 premises that failed to meet AVA’s standards.
Meanwhile, an official reply was received from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), following a joint proposal last July, setting out recommendations and best practices for these establishments. According to the AVA, they had carefully considered each item in the groups’ proposal and had met the farm licensees to address the issues on the farms. AVA has taken all the input into consideration and will be adopting a holistic approach, whereby the farms will be required to provide AVA with their plan for improvement. The farms have been asked to ensure that the plans are followed. The AVA will also be registering existing kennel operators and introducing screening for new individuals who wish to practice dog breeding on the farms. In addition AVA officers will be conducting more frequent inspections.
Source: Animal Welfare Groups go Undercover at Pet Shops and Farms Posted on February 24, 2011 by sgpuppies
FOR Mr Joel Foo, offering to look after Yuki, an unwanted three-year-old husky, not only helped him overcome his childhood fear of dogs, but also saw him becoming the owner of not one, but three dogs.
The 44-year-old entrepreneur said yestarday: “I actually hated dogs, but I offered to look after Yuki while her previous owner tried to find someone to adopt her. (In the end,) I adopted her because we got along very well.”
However, not all dogs are as fortunate, based on figures from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
A total of 987 alleged cases of abuse and neglect were reported to the SPCA between July last year and June this year, a 15 percent rise from a year ago.
Ms Corrine Fong 47, executive director of the SPCA, attributed the rise to the “growing affluence” of pet owners here.
She said: “More people here now have more money to buy pets, and, as the number of pet owners rise, so do the number of cases of neglect adn abandonment.”
She was speaking on the sidelines of a World Animal Day carnival at East Coast Park organised by the SPCA yesterday.
“The most common reasons…are thet (the owners) have no time to look after the pet, that the maid has gone home, or that they are downsizing their house,” she added.
Ms Fong pointed out that owners needed to be responsible when choosing pets.
“People like to buy exotic pets, like chow chows or uskies, which are not ideally suited to Singapore’s climate. They require specail attention if they are to live in Singapore,” she said.
Source: Affluence behind rise in cases of pet abuse; World animal Day Carnival at East Coast Park organised by the SPCA; My Paper by Shaun Tan 26 Sep 2011
Animal Communication Workshop – Level 1 (Foundation)
Date: Sat, 15 Oct and Sun, 16 Oct, 2011 (2 Full Days)
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Animal Communication Workshop – Level 2 (Intermediate)
Date: Tue, 18 Oct, 2011 (1 Full Day)
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Venue for Animal Communication Workshops: Hort Park Function Room (located at Alexandra Road/Hyderabad Road)
Energy Healing for Pets – Angelic Healing for Animals
Date: Wed, 19 Oct, 2011 (1 Full Day)
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Learn how animal communication can help enhance our relationships with animals, bringing clearer understanding about their needs, behaviour, wishes, humour, wisdom and purposes in our lives. It’s amazing what our wise and loving animal companions have to teach and share with us. Truly feeling and respecting an animal in such a way can reveal the most wonderful and insightful information about them. They have so much to share, and it can be a lot of fun healing and understanding them along the way.
Date: 17th Sept 2011, Saturday
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: Bukit Timah Plaza
Entry for Pet Grooming Contest is open. Please fax your entry to 6241 6646. You may call Bernard @ 9431 0969 for information and entry form.
Date: 17th Sept 2011, Saturday
Time: 10am – 7pm
Venue: Bukit Timah Plaza
6th ACANA & 7th EARTHBORN Championship Dog Show is comming, conducted by UDC at bukit timah plaze, Phone in entry service is available @ a nominal donation of $10 for 2 shows to the Club. All are welcome to use this service.
Entry for UDC dog shows are open. Please fax entry form to 6241 6646. You may call Vincent @ 91138188 for entry form.
AN interagency task force will be formed to review current pet ownership and stray animal management policies, the Ministry of National Development (MND) said on Monday.
Kicking off in July, the four-month review will focus on concerns and issues related to dogs and cats. This will include a Stray Cat Sterilisation Programme as an alternative means of managing stray cats.
The programme, which will see the AVA subsidising 50 per cent of sterilisation and microchipping costs, will take place in specific zones of Sembawang-Nee Soon, Tampines, Ang Mo Kio and Marine Parade Group Representation Constituencies.
The inter-agency task force will comprise of senior officials from the MND, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.
Efforts will include public engagement to collect feedback and suggestions from residents, town councils and animal welfare group
There is a pressing need to address these issues, especially since pet ownership has increased in recent years, as indicated by the 59,000 dog licences issued last year. Cats, on the other hand, do not need to be licensed.
According to BG Tan, what is important now is to scrutinize pet ownership policies in detail, as well as to find a common space for animal lovers and non-animal lovers to co-exist harmoniously.
Another initiative that will take effect this month is the Stray Cat Sterilisation Programme, which aims to promote sterilization as an alternative to culling. Led by AVA and supported by participating town councils and the Cat Welfare Society (CWS), this programme will be carried out in specific zones under the Sembawang-Nee Soon, Tampines, Ang Mo Kio and Marine Parade town councils.
How this programme works is that the AVA will subsidise $20 to microchip each cat, as well as half of the sterilization costs—up to $30 and $60 for male and female cats respectively. Additionally, CWS will subsidise $10 per cat, with the caregiver paying for the rest. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will subsidise half of the sterilization costs in the MacPherson division under the Marine Parade town council.
Previous attempts under the Stray Cat Rehabilitation Scheme by AVA and the various welfare groups and town councils proved fruitless, as the number of strays and complaints were not reduced.
Animal welfare organizations agree that the review of pet ownership and welfare policies is much needed and are happy that the public will be involved in formulating the new policies. The financial subsidies granted for the sterilization of stray cats will also lift a huge burden from the shoulders of caregivers.
Source: Task force to review pet ownership policies; AVA to pilot stray cat sterilization scheme The Straits Times 12 July 2011
Date: 10th September 2011, Saturday
Time: 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Alessi @ Ion Orchard, #04-22/23
Cost: $48 per person OR $39 each for two persons
The first session of the PETS Gourmet Series is here!
Always wanted to cook for your canine pal? Here’s your chance to learn from the best. PETS Magazine is giving you the opportunity of a lifetime to learn how to cook a healthy Western meal for your dog with chef Robin Sing from Concorde Hotel Singapore.
Chef Robin Sing
Having spent over 37 years in the culinary profession, Executive Chef Robin Sing has been with Concorde Hotel Singapore since 2000 (when it was still known as the Le Meridien). As Executive Chef, Chef Robin oversees all food operations for the Hotel including the F&B outlets and banqueting.
Chef Robin is the co-founder of the Society of Professional Chefs (SPC) where he currently serves as Honorary Consultant & Adviser. The SPC has represented Singapore in culinary keynote events promoting Singapore’s cuisine. Under his charge, SPC won the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) & the Guiness Book of Records for Longest Popiah and Largest Pizza. Chef Robin has also served as a judge for high profile events such as Asian Cuisine and has represented Singapore in the Singapore Food Festival (1992 – 1998) as organised by the Singapore Tourism Board & the Society of Professional Chefs.
Over the years, Chef Robin has established himself as a creative and experienced chef with a passion and flair for both Asian and Western cuisine.