The Importance Of Animal Abuse

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Introduction In today’s society, animal cruelty is a nationwide problem that is rapidly increasing. Animals are being tortured, beaten, mistreated or forced to struggle for existence by heartless owners. Humans pose as a major threat to animals as they are often responsible for inflicting pain and causing suffering to these loyal and innocent creatures. According to the annual report published by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2014), 1750 animals were allegedly rescued due to animal abuse. Similarly, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore have noticed an increase in the number of animal welfare cases from 292 cases in 2007 to 443 cases in 2013 (Ava.gov.sg, 2015). In order to combat the increasing occurrence of animal abuse in Singapore, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) together with the help of the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee (AWLRC) was able to propose the Animal Welfare Policy to the Ministry of National Development (MND). The Policy As stated by Statutes.agc.gov.sg (2015), the policy was introduced in 1965 and has since had some alterations for stricter punishment towards offenders. The policy introduced, applies to any person who is found guilty of animal cruelty or is in animal-related businesses (Spca.org.sg, 2015). The objectives of the Animal Welfare policy is to guarantee that animals are being treated compassionately, to stop unkindness to animals, and to encourage public awareness
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