28 Mar '11, 12am

ACRES Letter in ST Forum Online today!

IT IS disappointing to read that animal smuggling is on the increase in Singapore ("Animal smuggling on the rise"; March 21). The illegal wildlife trade is exceedingly cruel and wasteful, and is now second only to the illegal trade in drugs and firearms. Reports have indicated that Singapore is ranked among the top 10 illegal wildlife smuggling hubs in the world. While measures are in place to curb this trade in Singapore, there is, without a doubt, a need to do more and do so urgently. In response to Animal Concerns Research and Education Society's (Acres) suggestion of using sniffer dogs to curb the trade, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) stated that "they were less cost-effective than other measures". Can AVA clarify what the other measures are and whether they are already in place? Sniffer dogs have been used successfully in several countries. Thailand, for...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_...

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