Petition Tag - pets

1. Fairness for pet lovers

I'm living in a block of flats and I rent this flat from the private landlord and dealing with a landlords agent. The whole street is managed by management agency. I had to take on a small dog who's my sister's dog as she's very ill and very likely will die. This dog is beloved dog in her family and also mine now. My sister's will is to take care of the dog when she passes away. Her will means everything to me.Since this dog been living with us ,it has helped me to cope with my depression and also my daughter's.
The management company has asked me to remove this dog immediately or the landlord will be charged. My landlord has no problems for me to keep the dog...On this street in other flats and houses are lot of dog's,cats and other animals...We have asked the management company why they let other people to keep their pets but mine has to go, they have replied that if the property is councils or rented directly from the management company they are allowed to keep the pets but as I live in a private property I can't have a pet. I can't see where is the difference as we all pay the same fees and follow the same rules...it's a bullying and discrimination.

2. Support People With Pets

As people with large dogs, we know how hard it is to find housing that allows pets and doesn't kill you with fees. We feel discriminated against by home owners and apartment owners. They allow children! To us our pets are our children, part of the family. We are just supposed to 'Get rid of them' when hard times come? We think there should be a law against charging people with pets so much and just being able to flat out say no. It is discrimination. Pets are family and have no one besides us.

3. HELP TO SAVE THE BORNEO PIGMY ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION

The Borneo pygmy elephant is a rare forest elephant subspecies, of which no more than 1,500 animals remain – almost all in Sabah.

Pygmy elephants live only in the forests and lowland river areas of Borneo. They feed on banana plants, palm trees, fruit and grasses. They are the largest land mammal in Asia, yet the smallest type of elephant in existence. They are also the most endangered species of wildlife in Borneo because their ivory is sought after and the forests they depend upon for food are quickly being cleared.

Because there are now so many people in Borneo, elephants face a great deal of danger from hunters seeking their ivory and palm oil ranchers who deforest the elephant habitat in order to plant palm trees. Logging also devastates the elephant habitat.

As their habitat shrinks, pygmy elephants often seek food outside of the rain forests, and this can lead to problems when they raid gardens as it damages the property of humans.

Pigmy elephants have become the latest 'must have' pet. Due to there size, which is absolutely ridiculous and needs stopping straight away. They like to live in groups of about 50.

4. Residential Speed Bumps for our neighborhood on Cold Spring & Parkland

On November 17th, 2016 in Moreno Valley CA, 92557 - A child was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike... People continuously drive their cars at a high speed on Cold spring/Parkland in Moreno Valley CA every day. There are so many children and pets in this residential area and it amazes me the amount of people that drive down this street at a high speed!

A child today was hit by a car and whether it was due to speed or not paying attention while driving he was injured. Thank God he is going to be okay! Do we have to wait for a death to happen before action is taken? How about we prevent this and slow these drivers down and help our children be safe and avoid having that dreaded phone call! Please for the safety of our children and pets please help us in our community by placing speedbumps on these roads...

Thank you.

5. Beware Bobcats

Bobcats and coyotes are a growing problem for both pets and people in North Texas.

Currently local government is reluctant to even acknowledge the problem, much less address the severity of this epidemic.

6. Save Gannons Dog Park Peakhurst

On Monday 5th September, council began works on the Gannons Park Shared Pedestrian & Cycling Path. This new development has apparently had extensive residential discussion about this topic, however, myself and MANY other residents who live within a 5 minute walk (including someone who has live across the road from the dog park for 20 years) have never been consulted or warned. I have lived here for approximately 5 years and have never had any information about this.

There is an extremely large amount of people who love using this off leash dog park, it is one of a kind! There is no where in Sydney like it. There is enough space that even dogs who are a little anxious can enjoy some off lead exercise without having other people and dogs (and cyclists) intruding their space.

People come from all over to enjoy this space with mans best friend. It is beautiful, spacious and safe. No where in Sydney can we enjoy such a large open space, without concerns of traffic nearby, without fences that force us to be too close to every other dog in the area!

Not to mention Hurstville All Breeds Dog Training. This is a fantastic volunteer run organisation who help 100's of people learn how to train their dogs every Saturday afternoon. Imagine how this will turn out with people speeding around a cycling track! They have been there for years helping the community learn how to train and handle their pets - and they weren't even made aware of this development until works were already underway!

People who try to do the right thing and train their dogs will have an awfully hard time doing so if there are cyclists speeding around. On any given Saturday there can be up to 50 people training down there.

Most afternoons there are so many people and their best mates enjoying this space. This will be destroyed.

No matter how well trained our canine friends are, a bicycle speeding past can set them off. They may be scared (i know my beautiful boy is scared of bikes, this is why we hang out down there as there are none), they may be excited and chase them - dogs chase things!

We dont let them off lead in upper Gannons for 2 reasons:
1 - It is not allowed
2 - sports with people running, balls flying and people riding bikes are a huge distraction and encourage dogs to chase!

Perhaps creating a cycling track in Evatt Park in Lugarno would be more appropriate? It is not an off leash area, therefore would not be affecting the small amount of freedom our dogs get.

The idea of putting in a bike track in an off leash dog park is clearly a bad idea. What is going to happen when a cyclist comes speeding through the park and a dog becomes over excited and chases it, or a small child riding their bike down there scares a dog and it chases them. Small children on bikes and scooters are generally a scary situation for dogs!

Please stop the works, please don't take away the best thing Peakhurst has! Please dont take away our only safe space to play off leash with our dogs!

Save our Dog Park!

7. Help Preserve Golden Forest Pond as a Clean, Safe, and Enjoyable Park

There are a number of parks in Vaughan that are littered with garbage and dog excrement. Golden Forest Pond is just one of them that I believe needs immediate action due to the impact the litter has on the environment where ducks and other wildlife live.

Golden Forest Pond is located in Maple, just west of Peter Rupert Avenue and north of Rutherford Road. For years, this pond has been littered with trash such as plastic bottles, coffee cups, bags, paper, beer cans, wine bottles, boxes, old toys, food wrappers, shopping carts and more! Not only is this garbage unattractive to look at, even worse, it is having a severely negative impact on the environment where the ducks and other wildlife live.

The garbage that is scattered near the pond is now getting into the water where wildlife swim, which could cause them to become trapped and die. It is upsetting that in this neighbourhood such a beautiful pond is being littered with trash—this is unacceptable. On October 16th 2015, I contacted the City of Vaughan, and a work order was created which addressed the problem of littering and people not picking up after their pets. I also sent them pictures as evidence. I emailed a list of the actions that they should take immediately before the problem worsens.

The list included:
1. The garbage needs to be picked up and properly disposed of soon.
2. There should be garbage bins placed along the pathway.
3. There should be “No Dumping” or “No Littering” signs near the pond.

I never received a response from the City. On Monday May 2nd and Wednesday May 4th 2016, I went to Golden Forest Pond with a garbage bin, gloves, and signs, and started cleaning the park myself. During the seven months since I made the work order no changes were implemented. The littering problem actually got worse…much worse. On May 2nd I took pictures, and I removed a shopping cart that had been dumped right beside the pond. On May 4th I spent 5 hours cleaning, and I ended up clearing out one full trash bag of dog excrement, and two full trash bags of recyclable materials. However, I was not able to finish; I only cleared about 20% of the garbage in the pond, and there’s still lots more that needs to be done.

On May 5th 2016, I called the City for an update on the work order. They told me that on November 17th 2015 City employees went out to inspect the site. They concluded that: “No dumping was found. Regular debris and garbage picked up. No illegal dumping signs required.” They closed the case. I refuse to accept this response from the City. Much more needs to be done.

The next step will be to escalate the issue by contacting the Councilor for Ward 4, as well as the Mayor of Vaughan. In order to do that I need the public’s help. Please support this cause by signing the petition. Together we can make change happen!

8. Pet Overpopulation in Pasco County; Raise the County License fees for those who choose not to Spay/Neuter

We have a pet overpopulation problem in Pasco County.

FACT: In 2015, Pasco County Animal Services had a total of 3729 homeless dogs and cats in their care. 2667 of those animals were strays. 590 of those animals were euthanized. **WE, the taxpayers, paid for this!

*Don’t be fooled by the euthanasia number or the illusion of a “90% no-kill shelter.” Irresponsible intakes and adoptions are skewing the numbers and 90% no-kill is NOT a long term or sustainable solution for pet overpopulation.

FACT: Pasco County shelter is overcapacity with dogs.

FACT: There are currently 4 dogs at the Pasco shelter that have been living there for OVER A YEAR! **Dogs/cats living in an overpopulated and understaffed concrete walled fenced cage for any extended period of time is INHUMANE! The noise, the lack of exercise, and the lack of proper veterinary care causes animal stress and behavior problems, which in turn causes animals to be inappropriately labeled as “unadoptable.”

We need to let the BOCC know, in this election year, that we want a sustainable solution to pet overpopulation without an increase in euthanasia. The only way to do this is to make it known that Pasco County residents and taxpayers prefer that all pets be spayed or neutered.

Why don’t we ask for a mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) ordinance in Pasco County? Unfortunately, animals are still considered “property” in the eyes of the law. For this reason, many other BOCC’s (Board of County Commissioners) from the surrounding counties, like Hillsborough and Pinellas, have rejected mandatory spay/neuter. We cannot force residents to spay/neuter their “property.” However, we can make it more “convenient” and “economical” for residents to have their animals spayed/neutered.


Pasco County Code of Ordinances Chapter 14 requires annual licensing for pets. Licenses are sold by veterinarians or the county after a pet has received an annual rabies vaccination. The current fee schedule:

Dog License Tags-Intact $35.00
Spayed/Neutered $10.00
Replacement Tag for lost tag $5.00
Voluntary Cat License Tags $5.00

9. Urge the Clark County (NV) Commission to Ban Animal Retail in Pet Shops

"Las Vegas passed the ban with two goals in mind: reducing the number of homeless pets in local shelters and stopping 'puppy mills.'

The Animal Foundation (Las Vegas, NV) took in nearly 34,000 animals in 2015, most of which were dogs and cats. About a quarter of the dogs and two-thirds of the cats were euthanized, according to the foundation's website.

Ban supporters contend that most pet stores buy their animals from puppy mills, which are known for mass-breeding dogs and cats.

The American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty classifies puppy mills as 'large-scale commercial' facilities where profit trumps the animals' well-being. It says the females are bred as often as possible without regard for their health, and the animals often live in overcrowded and unsanitary cages." Las Vegas Review Journal, 1/23/2016

10. Allow officers to rescue pets in hot cars

There are currently only 17 states that have laws to protect animals from being left in hot cars. Michael Vick is trying to make it 18.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will meet with State lawmakers inside the Pennsylvania legislature and lobby the Democratic caucus. School children from Harrisburg will accompany Vick. The goal is to pass an important animal welfare bill and teach children the political process along the way. State Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr. and State Representative Ed Gainey from the Pittsburgh area are hosting the legislative visit.

Vick is pushing lawmakers to pass PA House Bill 1516, nicknamed the “Pets in Cars” bill. It would give police officers more authority to save a dog or cat in distress if necessary. An officer who removes a cat or dog from a hot car would not be held liable for damages.

On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 99 degrees in just ten minutes, and 114 degrees within thirty minutes. Animals do not sweat like humans, so they have difficulty cooling themselves down in hot conditions.

Vick is determined to continue his advocacy even after his NFL career. He wants his fans to become animal welfare advocates too. Vick is encouraging his fans to sign this petition for the Pets in Cars bill on his Facebook page.

He will deliver the results of the petition to lawmakers in hopes of getting the bill to become a law.

11. LEXI'S LAW Our beloved pets deserve better

In most of Florida, waste management contractors are appointed by county and municipality officials for the removal of all deceased animals from roads, sidewalks and other transportation infrastructure, these remains are then transported to landfills.

Numerous deceased cats and dogs are transported daily to landfills throughout Florida many are treasured family pets the owners have been frantically searching for.

Absolutely no records are kept concerning these animals. No collars or tags are inspected for identification and none of these animals are scanned for microchips.

Our beloved pets deserve better!

We as taxpayers and responsible pet owners deserve to know if our beloved pet met an unfortunate end as we frantically continue to searching for them day after day, week after week, months, sometimes years later with no closure, always in heartbreaking wonder.

Lexi's story is only one story where the owner had been fortunate enough to of gained knowledge from a witnessing neighbor concerning Lexi's unfortunate fate. Sadly, this information surfaced after 5 horrible days of hysteria while trying to find their baby, then to learn that Lexi was thrown away as trash in a landfill, is completely devastating and could have been prevented if the proper authorities who are responsible for animal care and services in our communities handled the affairs of deceased cats and dogs as they do stray domesticated animals.

Animal Control officers are much more adapted for this service, they are more knowledgeable in correctly labeling breeds and collecting pertinent information.

Animal Control agencies are also the first point of contact from citizens who are desperately searching for their lost pet.

Florida State Statutes 828.27(c) “Control” means the regulation of the possession, ownership, care, and custody of animals.

A Law appointing one main agency regulating ALL aspects of animal care and services is a necessity.
(possibly Lexi's Law)

12. Request to Allow Leashed Dogs at Pompano and Deerfield Beaches

The beach is a special place where friends and family convene to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, many people are forced to leave a valuable loved one at home each time they visit the beach: Their dogs. The restriction of dogs at our beaches means that many dogs miss out on valuable exercise, socialization, and bonding time with their families and other canines.

As stated on the website of Pompano Beach, dogs are permitted on the West side of A1A - across the street from the beach. However, this forces individuals to walk their dogs in front of parking lots and condominiums with numerous cars driving in and out, rendering it hazardous to exercise there. Additionally, should families with young children choose to walk their dogs at the beach then they are prevented from enjoying the fishing pier, beautiful playground, picnic tables, and restrooms on the east side of A1A. Deerfield Beach does not allow animals at all.

This rule generates a feeling of undue stress at what should otherwise be a place of fun and enjoyment, and means that many dog-owning families spend less time at the beach, beachfront restaurants, and beachfront stores than they otherwise would.

Changing this rule will not only allow local residents and tourists to enjoy time at the beach with their leashed pets, but will significantly contribute to the mental and physical welfare of the canines in our community.

This petition will be sent to Broward County Commissioner, Chip LaMarca, who represents Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach.

13. Lift the ban of having pet cats in a HDB flat

Taken from http://www.hdb.gov.sg/fi10/fi10326p.nsf/w/PetTypesOfPetsAllowed?OpenDocument


Flat owners in Singapore are not allowed to keep cats in HDB flats, as it is generally difficult to confine cats within the flat premises. Nuisance caused by cats such as shedding of their fur, defecating/urinating in public areas or even the caterwauling sounds that they make can cause a lot of disturbance, which affects the environment and disrupts neighbourliness in our housing estates.

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It is unfair that dogs are allowed in HDB flats but not cats. It states that keeping a cat in a household would be a disturbance to the neighbours. I don't find that true. Once they are bred in a household, their behaviours would change. They would not be that wild crazy cat you see outside. They would become a sweet litte furry lazy cat/kitten. And who says cats can't be trained?

In fact, dogs are a disturbance too. Morning, day or night i will sometimes hear them bark. And they are really loud compared to cats meowing.

It is not fair as you know that the muslims are not allowed to keep dogs as pets. Most muslim people or anyone that prefer cats over dogs would love to keep a cat as a household pet. But they can't because of the ban/law.

I am not against the people who owns dogs as their pets. But cats should be treated the same way a dog is treated. They need homes too.

Please help to lift the ban of having a cat as a household pet. Your help is much appreciated.

Thank you for helping.

14. Animal Parents' Rights

Recently my beloved cat was taken into someone else s home at that time the said person tied to pick up my cat that she did not know or the cat know her. My cat scratch said person as it is a cat. When this happened I was informed. I then said sorry that happen but my cat should not have been in the house.

The next day I was called again to claim my cat had went over and attempted to scratch said person again as they where attempted to make it leave. None of this has been witness by anyone. But the Animal Control feel it is necessary to come and tell me they are going to have to take my cat over a scratch. There are various time and experience that have been with this Animal Control person. This was not a isolated event.

15. Every Dog breeder should have his own identification number that should be included on microchip IDs

I think a big problem with shelters, homeless pets, etc. is nobody knows where these pets came from. Dead animals are found every day. Everyone talks about microchips, and they are only useful if the owners information gets updated after selling the pet or giving it away.

I do not understand that dog breeders don't get a unique identification numbers, and each puppy that gets sold has a chip with that identification number that can't be changed!

So no matter where that dog, cat goes. Owners information changed on the microchip or not. People would always know, what breeder sold the dog/cat.
And the breeder would have all the information from the first person that buys that puppy.

Also, I think it would be good if anyone that sells a dog or puppy, especially breeds like Pitbull, Bulldog, Rottweiler, etc. should fill out a puppy or dog questionary. With questions about why wanting this dog breed, have experience with this kind of breed, dog training and more.

There should be a Special commitment between the Breeder and the Buyer in bills of sales! Do a 2-week trial where the future pet owner and breeder agree to see if the puppy fits into the family and if the family is the right one for the puppy. Too many dogs get sold and end up on Craigslist or somewhere else with the words:" We got this cute puppy a week ago, but he/she doesn't fit in our family. I only want what I paid for it!"

And that's where all these dirty and crazy animal abuser lurk for new victims.
It should be a law in every contract that no matter when and for what reason the new owner can't keep the dog, has to bring the dog back to the breeder!

16. Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter

Palo Alto Animal Services operates from a small group of buildings that were constructed in 1972. The facilities have served their purpose, but after 43 years, the shelter is functionally obsolete and no longer serves Palo Alto's animals as it should.

The shelter in Palo Alto should follow the examples of other shelters in the Bay Area and construct accommodations for the animals that feel like "home," keep the animals calm, and show them at their best when potential adopters visit.

17. Make the release of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim from prison a top priority for Singapore's policy toward Malaysia

A good muslim is one that tells the truth and seperate the lies created by extremist muslim. Anwar is a good muslim that wrote this in his blog regarding the Charlie Hedbo attack that took lives of 12 people. Here's his words:


""""""Freedom of expression and double standards

Nevertheless, much as we must defend our fundamental liberties, the fact is that there is no such thing as absolute freedom of expression, not even in Europe and certainly not in France. When the comic book on the life of the Prophet was first published in France two years ago, I had deplored it as sacrilege against Islam. Indeed, I had called for calm and rationality in response even as we should denounce the cartoons as vile and contemptible.

To my mind, the Danish cartoons, Charlie Hebdo caricatures and the rest of the tasteless and insensitive publications ridiculing Islam and the Prophet are mere manifestations of Islamophobia in all its varied guises. They appear to betray a deep-seated Freudian prejudice or animosity harking back to the Crusades.

A clear line must therefore be drawn between freedom of expression and hate crimes.

So, while I condemn the Paris killings, I cannot subscribe to the chant of “je suis Charlie” because I do not support the portrayal of the image of the Prophet, let alone caricaturing him in any way. Likewise, I do not support blasphemy against Christians, Jews or any other religion. Neither do I support the freedom to incite hatred against anyone or community on account of religion, ethnicity or culture.

The publication of the Charlie Hepdo cartoons was highly offensive to many Muslims. The French government did nothing to hold to account the people responsible for that act of profanity. Now, in the aftermath of the Paris massacre, just a few days later the magazine republished the offensive cartoons and this was officially sanctioned by the French authorities. """"""

http://www.anwaribrahimblog.com

Now he was jailed in Malaysia because of Sodomy charges. Never did sodomy had sufficient evidence to jail him but due to the lack of integrity in Malaysia police and political power of UMNO (BN) government, he was jailed after fighting the rights of good muslim faith and humanity in the name of the Malaysia people.

18. Protect Children And Pets Left In Closed Hot Cars

This past summer, in spite of the high publicity one incident of a child dying in a closed, hot car, it seemed we were hearing about multiple instances of this horror happening. In Connecticut alone, there were three within a two week period.

On November 11, 2014, I heard on the news a Ct. man from Ridgefield was being arraigned for Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of his 15 month old son, after being forgotten in the back seat of his car. In Connecticut this charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum prison time of one year. In a discussion on the local news, this will most likely be settled out of court with no jail time.

At one point, it was suggested by someone, somewhere, that parents put their cellphones on the back seat so they will remember their child strapped into a car seat before locking the door with the child left to die. It is the most absurd solution to remembering what should be, the most important thing in your life.

19. Appeal to AVA

I am appealing for AVA to relook at the laws concerning the ownership of certain species of reptiles and mammals. I have grown up with many species of animals surrounding me as a kids and have grown a deep respect and love for all creatures great and small. Singapore is turning 50 next year and our government has asked us how we want Singapore to look like in the next 50 years.

I want an environment where our kids are not text book children, restricted to what can only be read in books or field trips to the zoo. Go to any national library and there is a huge sections on pets. My children always ask me why Singapore only have dogs ,cats and hamsters wherein other countries have so much more choices ranging from the tarantulas spiders to the ball pythons.

Your website states the following reasons for the following ban of animals.

• They may introduce and spread diseases to humans and domestic animals.

Absolutely wrong…Dogs and cats also spread diseases as with rats. And if you say that reptiles spread salmonella , I have you know that a 4 year old boy just died from that diseases from eating nasi padang from a food court. Therefore this notion is absolutely unjustified to say the least. Please also take a look at our neighbor across the causeway if the creatures they are having have spread diseases in anyway to humans and domestic animals alike.
In UK, the 3rd most popular pets after dogs and cats are bearded dragons. Again they have not been known to spread diseases to humans and animals as long as one practice proper hygiene as with handling dogs, cats and hamsters.

• Collection of wild animals for trading will lead to ecosystem imbalance and threaten the survival of endangered species.

That is true. Hence captive breeding is what we should encourage. AVA has done a great job with the Arowana fish and many variations of it has been found that has been the result of selective breeding i.e. the red, gold, white etc.. This species have been captive bred and if release in the wild are unlikely to survive because their colors make them stand out against predators. It is with this notion that many species of lizards have also been captive bred example the bearded dragon, iguanas, chameleons certain species of Tortoises and snakes including .the many morphs of the ball python . They now come in a variety of colors not found in their natural habits. I don’t see why these animals that have been bred locally through selective breeding cannot be tag or license like the Arowana fishes.

• The welfare of the animals may be compromised due to reasons such as unsuitable living conditions, poor diet and pet owner's lack of knowledge of the proper care for the animal.

One bad apple does not spoil the entire bunch. Sure there are bad owners out there. Even with dogs and cats we have people that have no respect for such creatures. AVA has done a great job on education of responsible pet ownership. As Singapore turn 50 next year, are we going to continue to be a ‘nanny state ‘. Singapore can only be first world if the people becomes first world, and responsible pet ownership is an example of a first world society. Just look at US, UK, Japan .

• Singapore's biodiversity would be greatly affected if such exotic pets were released in the wild, as most of them are non-native.

Again this is fundamentally flaw. . I also notice that there are many parrots in Singapore lately, since they are not endemic to Singapore and could have been escape pets should we cull all of them. Most of this animals, are not cheap and people don’t just throw them away. Just look at our neighbor across the causeway and do you see that happening?
Yes there could be escape pets and just hypnotically they survive in Singapore wont that be interesting? I would love to see hedgehogs in Singapore which are clean creatures rather than the rat which live in the sewer.

• If the animal escapes, it may cause nuisance, fear and trauma to the general public.

Seriously this is a joke. Do you want to bring up your children in the fear of animals? The world is getting flat. Our children will be laugh at if they do not know the difference between a python and a king cobra. Or for that matter scream if they see a lizard. It’s time we grew up as a nation!

Therefore what I am proposing is for the relaxation of some species of animals. Singapore signing of the CITES in Nov 1986 needs to be relook in the like of fresh evidence concerning the ownership of illegal wildlife. Animal smuggling continue to threaten critically endangered species of animals like the ploughshare tortoise, and there are certain species of animals that can’t survive well in captivity as pets for example the Jackson chameleon. However there are many species that have been successfully captive bred which AVA should look at. I am not a commercial guy nor in the pet trade but just think of the spillover effect for MICE of such events.

Herpetologist have grown worldwide to promote interest in reptiles and amphibians both captive and wild. Career options in the field of herpetology include, but are not limited to lab research, field studies and survey, zoological staff, museum staff and college teaching. I would love Singapore to have a “crocodile hunter” aka Steve Irwin.

I am no expert in animals beyond some of which I have done some research. Species that are top most on my mind that should be approve in Singapore are those that have been successfully captive bred for more than 3 generations and not taken from the wild population. AVA should conduct a field study trip to some of the reptile convention available in the states or even across our causeway to understand in greater details concerning captive bred “ illegal wildlife”

http://www.herpcenter.com/reptile-shows/
http://www.rep-japan.co.jp/jrs/pg60.html
http://www.kjreptilesupplies.co.uk/uk-reptile-shows-i48

AVA responded on 19th Dec and herein please find the reply.
I will be working on a respond to AVA and you can email me at exoticanimal0@gmail.com to provide your inputs if you support this clause.

Thank you for your email to CEO of AVA, Ms Tan Poh Hong.

2 Currently, there are various breeds of dogs, cats and hamsters, chinchillas and many species and varieties of birds, fishes, shrimps and hermit crabs that can be kept as approved pets in Singapore. All these animals make good pets, and many of these animals can be found at the SPCA where they can be adopted. We recommend that animal lovers consider this option of acquiring a pet. In addition, herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) such as the red-eared slider, Asian box turtle and green tree frog are also allowed as pets in Singapore. Horses may also be owned and kept at our local polo and saddle clubs.

3 AVA safeguards animal and public health, animal welfare and administers the CITES treaty, to which Singapore is a signatory. In assessing requests for the import, sale and keeping of an exotic pet, the AVA needs to consider various risks and possible impact of allowing such animals into Singapore, including impact on the animals traded, other animals, the community and the environment. Specifically, there are 5 areas of concerns that we need to address for any proposed new pet species, i.e.:

a) Animal & public health – The species is assessed on its potential to transmit animal and zoonotic diseases from its introduction to our local animal and human population;

b) Animal welfare – The species is assessed on the standard and skill of husbandry and care required, including housing, diet, maintenance and access to veterinary expertise, and how well it can adapt to Singapore’s climate. These are factors affecting the likely welfare problems;

c) Impact on Singapore’s unique biodiversity and the environment – The species, if it escapes or is abandoned and survives with possible breeding, would be assessed on its potential to become potentially an invasive species;

d) Public safety – Some species may be venomous/poisonous, aggressive and/or has the potential to cause injury/harm to people or other animals. It would be assessed for its propensity to attack or cause harm; and

e) CITES status of the species to be introduced - whether critically endangered, threatened or non-protected.

4 While all animals can potentially carry and spread zoonotic diseases such as rabies, Herpes B virus and Salmonella, the risks are significantly higher with wild species due to their less certain source and health status, and also the risk of emerging diseases in wildlife reservoirs. In Aug 2014, there were multi-State outbreaks of Salmonella in the US, linked to keeping of pet bearded dragons. Out of 166 persons infected, more than half were children (see http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/cotham-04-14/) and a third of ill persons were hospitalised. On the other hand, with respect to domestic animals, there are comprehensive veterinary import conditions to mitigate the risk of incursion of animal and zoonotic diseases. For example, we have rabies risk classification of exporting countries for dogs and cats, and disease-specific clauses for pet small mammals.

5 Countries including the US, UK and Japan that allow the keeping of exotic pets face major animal welfare and environmental problems. One good example is the problem associated with the Burmese python which has been introduced into the US as a pet. The snake has become an invasive species in the Florida Everglades; not only has it endangered humans but also threatened local animals due to its large size, aggressiveness and lack of a natural predator (http://www.nps.gov/ever/naturescience/burmesepythonsintro.htm). The Burmese python has since been listed, together with a few other species, as injurious wildlife and banned from import into the US and transportation. Introduced non-native species are more likely to damage our biodiversity than enhance it. In New Zealand, where the hedgehog was introduced, the animal has become a pest and an invasive species as it preys on local species of snails, insects, birds, frogs and snakes (see http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?fr=1&si=176). Therefore, it is necessary to consider each species every carefully before introducing it into Singapore as a pet. It will take much resources, costs and efforts to manage, remove and control invasive species. Animal shelters in these countries are also burdened with animals that have been surrendered, rescued or abandoned, and suitable homes cannot be found for them. We wish to highlight that countries such as Australia and New Zealand also restrict the introduction of exotic pets.

6 Allowing more exotic pets would encourage illegal wildlife trade. Dealers could also pose sales through the internet. The herptiles are made up of a very large group of animals, for which it requires expertise and knowledge to identify individual species/subspecies/variants and the look-alikes accurately. CITES-protected species can be passed off as non-protected ones, venomous species as non-venomous ones etc. It would be a challenge to control the trade and sale of such animals effectively.

7 Many wild non-domesticated animal species do not take well to captive breeding. Encouraging captive-breeding does not always solve the problem. Thousands of wild animals are illegally captured from the wild each year and smuggled across continents to supply to the pet trade, many of which die in the process and passed off as captive-bred through unmonitored tagging and fake licenses. Demand-driven captive breeding may also result in illegal backyard breeding, inbreeding and weakened animals, causing more suffering to the animals. With regard to tagging, some species may not be suitable for tattoo or microchip identification, or may need to be anaesthetized for to such procedures.

8 Singapore is a densely populated city state with majority of our population living in apartment blocks with shared facilities. Exotic pets such as snakes and tarantulas may not be tolerated by everyone and are likely to cause discomfort in many. Escaped exotic pets would also be a concern with residents. Tarantulas have urticating hairs that are periodically shed or when mishandled. These hairs or bristles may cause serious allergies to children, the elderly and people with weakened immune system. Tarantula owners have reportedly been hurt by the hairs lodged in their eyes (see http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2013/10/23/new-thing-fear-getting-tarantula-hairs-stuck-eyes/).

9 Finally, we share your views on importance of exposure of our younger generation to different species of animals, and to develop love and respect for all creatures. We also feel that many parents that bring their children to zoos, wildlife parks and sanctuaries that have been set up for education and conservation would find these visits to be purposeful and adequate to inculcate such values and knowledge in children, without needing to own some of these animals.

10 Once again, we thank you for your feedback and hope our explanation above clarifies our views on the keeping of exotic species as pets.

Please feel free to contact me if you may have any further questions.

Our respond to AVA on 27th Dec 2014

First of all thank you for your response. In regards to the areas of concern that AVA has highlighted I have to agree with you that with any introduction of “new things” there is bond to have a cause and effect for example the introduction of IRs in Singapore. It brings in “excitement” to the country, creation of jobs, economic benefit etc and of course the potential for crimes in our nation state, addiction to gambling , and other potential social ills etc which was why the government set up the Casino regulatory and authority body in Singapore. Of course this cause that I am appealing won’t need that kind of massive social evaluation, public debate etc. because the appeal is not from the majority but potentially only the minority.
I also do agree with you that every potential creature to be introduce as pets in Singapore need to be evaluate carefully and you have also listed out the guiding principles and the thinking process behind it. However to draw reference to New Zealand and Australia may not be a good example as these are nations that have many unique wildlife not found anyway else in the world primary because they drifted off from the main continent many many billions of years ago. You would know that these countries won’t even allow an apple to be brought in because of the strict quarantine law in a land adrift with a fragile ecosystem.
Singapore on the other hand is very different; we are connected to Malaysia and have been subject to much “invasion”, rats , otters, hornbill, cockatoos, crocodiles and even the occasional elephant.
We understand that the government can never please everyone, in Singapore we are very much a “nanny state” , seriously nothing wrong with that and we have enjoy the wisdom of the people’s elect for a long time. However with the invasion of the internet as well as more well-travelled individuals, believe you me when I say it would be a matter of time when people ask for more freedom like what we have seen during the last election.
It is a misdemeanor that reptile keepers or for that matter exotic pets creatures are irresponsible with no knowledge and just want to show off. Yes there are bad apples out there for everyone with a clear respect for animals big and small. I have stated some of the benefits to society and the potential spill-over effect and making Singapore “more happening” in my previous mail and hence don’t have to repeat it.
Maybe what I can propose or suggest to have some common ground is that AVA slowly but surely loosen our strict laws. Singapore with technology and know- how from those countries that have succeeded and fail can surely do a better job. We did not become 1st in the world by being a follower but a leader that the other nation state emulated.
1) Can we not license very kids friendly animals like the hedgehog, bearded dragon, iguana, ball python and some species of tortoises all of whom have been successfully bred in captivity for many generation with many different morphs not seen in the wild? We can surely microchip these animals with very very strict rules on enforcement for pet abandonment.
2) For every individual that wants to own these pets a strict assessment on the individual means and knowledge should be done. Yes make it difficult to own these pets but not impossible. Our many vets in Singapore already have the knowledge to treat these animals to say the least.
I know some of my suggestion may sound radical but with a working committee in AVA and a detail study I am very sure we can see some very good outcome in the city of Singapore.

Here is wishing the team at AVA the best wishes in the year 2015!

20. Stop the bartering of dogs, cats, or other domestic animals

There have been numerous craigslist ads in Kentucky of people wanting to barter dogs. One breeder placed 2 ads on Craigslist wanting to trade bulldogs for either a dirt bike or scooter. On that same breeders website is a sentence that reads our dogs are family. I wondered when people started bartering family members for material things.

Someone may not have the money to get the pet so they will be tempted to trade to get it. In some cases they may not be financially equipped for the acquired animals' welfare. I called the Humane Society and asked if it is legal and was told yes. I was told pets are considered property and people can legally trade their property.

I assume pets were once labeled property to insure a form of protection. I feel that pets need more protection from being used as a form of currency. They do not deserve to be bartered into possible abusive situations. We must stop any domestic animal litters from being used for a line of credit. This will decrease a few puppy mills and the number of abandoned pets.

I hope with your signature that we can try to have state officials take notice. I also hope online classifieds websites will stop allowing any form of animal bartering offers.

Thank you.

21. Fight for your right to own a pet in strata managed buildings

Australia treats pet ownership differently to the rest of the world. Many strata companies in Australia will not allow pets, and some only with permission. The definition for 'suitability' is vague at best, and absolutely discriminatory at worst. It is not illlegal to own a pet in Australia, but many pet owners are made to feel like it is. A lack of pet ownership rights in Australia is infringing on the Aussie way of life, and is breaking up families all over the country. it is also contributing to a huge issue of dog rehoming, rescues and terminations because strata companies won't allow families to bring their pets with them.

Pets should be treated just like children. In other words - it is none of anybody else's business; but if the pet 'breaks it, you buy it' and you have to repair it, just like you would have to for anything else, covered in your bond.

We are currently being told that we cannot have our dog in our super spacious GROUND FLOOR apartment with a large yard, because our neighbours in the apartment may find the dog 'intimidating', even though he is not a dangerous breed and is a complete couch potato and absolute sook of a thing. (Some of you may have guessed that I am talking about a Great Dane.) We do not find this acceptable or fair, and certainly not just cause to break up a family.

Please sign up to support my cause. It may help us keep our dog, and it may help other dog owners in future who want nothing more than to keep their respective families together.

22. Regulate Seniors' Facilities to be pet friendly

We are a senior couple (75-82) wishing to find a seniors residence where we can take our small pet of 11 years. My husband has dementia from a stroke suffered 3 1/2 years ago and I have a heart condition, as well as a cancer survivor.

We have reached a point where we need to live in an affordable comfortable accommodation, but we are not willing to give up our pet. She is small, quiet, loves everyone and is non-shedding, non allergenic and we look after her as though she was a child.

Pets are allowed and catered to in some of the highest priced hotels worldwide, they are taken to Senior's homes to brighten the day, but we cannot live in a decent place, not needing three meals a day, etc. Why do so many of these developers who are only looking for the big buck, not older folks quality of life not adhering to this request.

23. Pets should be alowed in the cabin when traveling to or from UK

This is important as curently pets must travel in cargo on internal UK flights and also on flights into the UK. There are some airlines which allow travel in the cabin, such as the following: Lufthansa , Thomas cook ..and many more.

All flights outbound and inbound should be available to pet owners, so their pets can travel safely with them. Likewise travel on eurostar should do the same allow travel inbound and outbound of the UK available to pets.

Clearly some breeds may be excluded should it be deemed necessary.

24. Pass Assembly bill A6082-2013 - Pet Grooming Licensing

NEW YORK STATE NEEDS NEW LEGISLATION TO BE PASSED SO THAT PET GROOMING BUSINESSES ARE REQUIRED TO BECOME LICENSED AND REGULATED! OUR PET'S HEALTH AND LIVES CAN DEPEND ON IT!

I have noticed that many people's beloved pets have been injured or killed at the hands of a groomer. This has prompted me to support this type of change in state law.

Some groomers are not taking any accountability to help resolve any issues their customers have. There are no disciplinary actions in place for the pet owner. We can only rely on the character of the groomer or small claims court. This kind of haphazardly run business needs to be changed!

New York state does not have any laws in place for the pet grooming business. This industry is not required to prove skill, knowledge or even be licensed or insured. An assembly bill ‪#‎A6082‬-2013 was presented in March 2013 and referred to economic development committee. Presently, there is no licensing statute in New York. I believe that New York should license, test and regulate the dog grooming industry.

Any person may open a pet grooming shop without any formal training, no education, no certification and with no oversight. This lack of regulation can lead to groomers harming or even causing the death of an innocent pet. There is no accountability for the groomer’s negligence and the pet owners are left with no recourse but expensive vet bills or having to say goodbye to their beloved pet and or watch them suffering. For most pet owners, the family dog or cat is a member of the family.

I am extremely concerned with this type of business who is working with live animals not having any oversight what so ever.

25. Add Pets to University of Maryland Student Health Plan

Students with pets care for their pets just as much as people care for their children. Furthermore, the emotional relationships students form with their pets can provide huge benefits to their emotional health.

But currently, the University of Maryland Student Health Plan allow absolutely no help to students in covering health costs associated with owning a pet.

26. Allow Vickie Dywer to rescue more animals

Vickie and her Partner Justin work tirelessly to save and re-home animals and ask for little to no help or funding.

Vickie and Justin 40+ animals (Cats, Kittens, Dogs, Puppies, Horses, Birds, etc) have been rehomed, (including the loving Cat purring on my shoulder right now) this year alone. With out them most of these animals would more then likely no longer be with us, Today (17/07/2013) Vickie and Justin were approached by a Kempsey Council Ranger telling her that if she did not re-home 8 of her 10 dogs they would be seized, we don't think this is right, if Vickie and her family did not help these animals in the way they did, the Rangers would have a lot worse of a problem on their hands.

PLEASE sign the petition and share with your friends, so we can get past the politics and worry about helping the animals!

27. Landlords should allow pets

So many people are having to move out of their homes due to the bedroom tax in UK and they have to downsize and can't take their pets with them.

People have to move due to relationship break ups, lease ending and various other reasons and they have to move quick. Pets go into rescue every day because of landlords not allowing them. They should ask for more of a deposit and allow pets.

Some people can't have children and pets are their only substitute and in some cases that can't be helped; this is taken away from them.

28. URGE LAWMAKERS TO REMOVE D-LIMONENE FROM PET PRODUCTS!!

D-LIMONENE IS A DANGEROUS CHEMICAL TO OUR COMPANION PETS.

A chemical called d-limonene has been used as a pesticide/insectiside in pet products for about 20 years or so. The EPA regulates this chemical along with the CPSC.

I researched what this chemical can do to our dogs and cats and below are just a handful of studies among the many I found:

~~Dogs experiencing epidermal necrosis associated with d-limoene are usually in pain and systemically ill. Anemia and liver and kidney damage may also occur. Supportive care is usually essential until the condition resolves. Severe forms of this condition are similar in severity to what is seen in third degree burn victims, with extensive skin damage resulting in skin sloughing, depression, shock, coma and often death. See Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XIII 1999. pp.556; Muller and Kirk's Small Animal Dermatology 1995; pp.590;

~~ Natural insecticidal dips or sprays containing citrus extract d-limonene, 50% of the 24 animal cases developed clinical signs of adverse health reactions whether or not product was used appropriately or inappropriately. 92% of animals experienced one or more of an adverse health condition. Study from Jrnl. of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society 2012 pp1-6

~~Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis associated with flea dips containing d-limonene --Vet Hum Toxicol 1992 Feb
TEN --a life-threatening skin condition that the top layer of skin (the epidermis) detaches from the lower layers of the skin (the dermis) all over the body. Sepsis is secondary problem often fatal disease.

~~Erythema Multiforme major and disseminated intravascular coagulation developed in a dog 24 hrs. following application of a d-limonene insecticidal dip. Despite intensive supportive care, the dog developed severe necrosis and widespread hemorrhage within organs and died -- J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1995 Nov.

People love their animals and they need to be made aware of these statistics to help pet owners make informed decisions regarding their pet's care. Dog and cat owners deserve to know this type of knowledge. Even I a doting pet owner never knew of this potent chemical. This chemical does not have the attention it should that it is this problematic to our companion pets.

Together we can demand our state law makers to not allow for another pet to become so ill or die by discontinuing the use of d-limonene in pet products. Please help our pets safety. If a chemical is proving over and over to have risks to our pets lives, it should not be allowed.

Dogs and cats have such a short life span on this earth so why shorten it even more by allowing a chemical like this to be used?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sQrCUv84xQ

29. SPCA Enforcement Program Suspension - Free all Animals

Effective April 1, 2012 the Nova Scotia SPCA will suspend cruelty investigations province-wide. The society will no longer be responding to allegations of abuse, neglect or cruelty. This is due to inadequate sustainable funding.

As animal lovers it is our duty to ensure a safe haven for any animal that is wrongfully treated.

30. Universal Canine & Feline Welfare Protection

Current animal welfare acts in countries such as UK, USA and Australia have been reformed in the past 10 years and now go a long way towards protecting animals, however they do not go far enough and The Dog Express would like to see unity, standardization and a universal approach to animal welfare acts, especially where it concerns domesticated and working dogs.

We call for much tougher penalties and sentences when acts of cruelty, neglect and suffering are committed as 51 week jail sentences and £500 fines are not a deterrent to these kinds of people. We call for prison sentences with a minimum of 6 years where the death of a dog or cat is the result of neglect or cruelty and lifetime bans for any act causing unnecessary suffering.

We also call for sentences, fines and bans to be imposed on those who knowingly fail to report or stop any act of animal cruelty, as those who do nothing as just as accountable as those who commit the crimes.