Target: Government of Singapore
Goal: Use more humane methods to control stray animal populations in Singapore.
In Singapore, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has begun rounding up and killing stray dogs. Singaporeans and animal lovers around the globe have spoken out in protest, insisting that there are other, more humane methods of controlling the stray dog and cat populations. Tell the AVA to stop this brutal and unnecessary killing.
On December 14th, a jogger was scratched and bitten by a pack of stray dogs. The AVA cited this event, along with concerns about rabies, as their reasons for beginning a crackdown on stray dogs and cats in the city of Punggol. So far they have rounded up 50 dogs and killed 4 that they deemed to be aggressive. There has been an outcry from multiple members of the community about the AVA’s decision to kill the dogs. On the Facebook page created to protest the AVA’s actions, members have suggested that adoption and sterilization programs as humane alternatives to putting the animals down. One citizen insists that tourists should not be afraid of the stray dogs and that they will not harm you if they are left unprovoked. She suggests creating a map that highlights areas where strays might be encountered.
But the AVA is sticking with its round-up and kill strategy, claiming that safety is a priority. Singapore can be kept safe and clean without having to kill these innocent animals. Tell the AVA to change its strategy now.
Dear Ms. Tan Poh Hong, CEO of the AVA,
We understand that it is in the AVA and the citizens of Singapore’s best interest to keep the country safe and clean. But your recent decision to direct AVA officials to round up and kill stray cats and dogs is regrettable, inhumane and irresponsible. The citizens of Punggol disagree with your tactics, as do many animal lovers around the world. There are plenty of humane ways to control stray animal populations, including adoption programs and a sterilization campaign. In regards to the jogger who was attacked, stray dogs will usually remain non-aggressive if they are not provoked.
Please consider choosing a population control method that allows these poor animals a chance to live happy lives while protecting and maintaining the safety and health of the people of Singapore.
[Your Name Here]