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AVA takes serious view of animal health and welfare

WE THANK Ms Aria Sim and Ms Anita Chew for their respective letters "Please stop the culling" and "Review and adopt best practices in animal welfare" (Oct 15). The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority is committed to animal health and welfare. We also recognise that the management of stray animals is a complex and emotive issue with no easy solutions. We share the concerns of animal lovers on this issue and strongly support sterilisation to prevent uncontrolled breeding. Our public education programme actively encourages pet owners to sterilise their pets and not to abandon them. Given a choice, euthanasia is an unfortunate task we would rather not perform. However, we cannot rely solely on sterilisation to keep the stray population in check. Strays can create nuisance and public health risk problems regardless of whether they are sterilised or not. For example, dogs in a pack...

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