Fire Dog Catchers Who Used Cruel and Illegal Traps


Target: Tony Tan, President of Singapore

Goal: Fire dog control contractor that used cruel and illegal trap that resulted in a dog’s death

A stray dog was recently left to die in a trap set by a dog control company in Singapore. The dog control contractor, hired by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), was using a modified trap that did not meet the standards set out by the authority. The contractor also failed to check the trap on a regular basis as mandated by their contract.

The traps use food to lure the dogs and employ a collar-type mechanism to trap their heads after they take the bait. With these types of traps, it is important that the dogs are freed in time to avoid strangulation. There was no attendant checking the trap, leaving the dog to die before being found by a citizen who posted photos on social media.

Ever-increasing numbers of stray dogs in Singapore create a need for trapping programs. Once trapped, strays are taken to AVA veterinarians where they are given check ups, sterilized, and put out for adoption.

While Singapore’s AVA said in a statement that they are considering taking action, there is clear evidence and witness testimony that prove wrongdoing on the part of the contractor. Due to the clear breach of AVA procedure, it is important that the company is punished appropriately for their negligence. Sign the petition below to demand that the contractor is fired from working with the dog removal program.


Dear Mr. Tony Tan,

The corpse of a strangled dog was recently found in a trap laid by dog catchers. The contractors, hired by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, were to help control the population of stray dogs by catching them and transporting them to veterinarians where they receive a checkup, sterilization, and are adopted to a new home.

AVA protocol requires all traps to meet a certain standard, and that the traps are checked regularly in order to endure the safety of any trapped canines.  The trap that killed the dog was modified in such a way to break these regulations, and with no attendant to remove the dog in time, the dog was strangled and found dead by a citizen.

As this is a clear violation of AVA procedure, the contractors should be punished according to the severity of their negligence. While Singapore’s AVA claims that it is looking into enforcement action, a more appropriate response would be to cancel the contract with the dog collection service. We, the undersigned, urge you to ensure that the cruel and irresponsible contractors are fired by the AVA.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Colombo222 via Creative Commons

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