A pet keeper plays with a dog at a dog playground in Seoul. Photo by our reporter Ma Fei
A French citizen is collecting a pet manure cleaning bag on the street. Map provided by Toulouse Municipal Center, France
Dogs play in a pet dog area in Madrid. Photo by our reporter Jiang Bo
A Singaporean resident is interacting with his pet. Photo courtesy of animal and veterinary services, Singapore
With the change and development of society, pet keeping is endowed with more social functions, such as companionship and social interaction, and the number of pets is increasing. It has become a common practice in many countries to strengthen the registration system, formulate legal rules, standardize feeding behavior, and strengthen education and training
Pet owners need to pass the qualification examination
Our reporter in Thailand Lin Rui
In Singapore, pet keeping is strictly regulated. In case of violation of laws and regulations, the owner will not only be fined or imprisoned, but also lose the right to pet.
In 1965, the Singapore government promulgated the “animal and bird act”, which provided comprehensive provisions on the prevention of pet rabies and other diseases, the prevention of animal abuse, and veterinary licensing. In the same year, the “Wildlife Act” introduced restrictions on pet breeding, stipulating that residents can only choose cats, dogs, rabbits, ornamental birds and fish as pets, and that no one can capture or import wild animals as pets unless permission is obtained.
Singapore has a special government department to regulate and manage pet keeping. In April 2000, the agriculture, food and Veterinary Bureau of Singapore was established. In 2007, the agency issued a rule requiring dogs to be implanted with electronic chips. The chip has information about the owner and pet, which provides convenience for finding lost pet dog and effectively preventing infectious diseases. In 2017, the agriculture, grain and Veterinary Bureau issued the animal welfare code, which stipulates the minimum standards for pet owners in terms of living conditions, management and care.
In April 2019, Singapore restructured the agriculture, food and Veterinary Bureau, in which the pet management department was changed to the animal and veterinary Affairs Section of the national parks Bureau. The panel stipulates that when adopting or purchasing pets, residents need to register in the panel’s pet licensing system to complete the transfer of pet ownership and obtain a breeding license. The license can be divided into one year, two years, three years and other types, which need to be updated in time. In case of change of the breeder’s residence, loss of pets, etc., it should be updated in time in the system, otherwise it will be fined up to S $5000 (S $1 is about 5 yuan).