26 Feb '12, 3am

Witnesses to animal abuse should turn up in court: Shanmugam

Witnesses to animal abuse should turn up in court: Shanmugam

Law minister K Shanmugam, together with his wife, decides to bring home this rescued puppy after an animal welfare … Singaporeans cannot expect animal abusers to be prosecuted if witnesses are not willing to turn up in court to testify against them, Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said at an animal welfare forum on Saturday. The grassroots adviser was responding to animal lovers' concerns that some offenders seemed to have been let off the hook too easily. Shanmugam said that while the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have made recommendations "for bad behaviour to be punished more severely", "every case has got to be proven beyond reasonable doubt" at the end of the day. "You need witnesses who turn up in court, to give testimony from their direct knowledge," he explained. "It's not enough for th...

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