Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies 2012

On the 25th of February 2012, we welcomed the public to join us at the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies at Chong Pang Community Club; the largest and most diverse animal protection event in the history of Singapore. The event was jointly organised by ACRES, Chong Pang Division, Chong Pang YEC, NUS PEACE and Young NTUC, and supported by the PAP Community Foundation.

We were excited about the chance to inspire everyone to join in a meaningful dialogue about furthering the animal protection movement in Singapore. The event featured presentations by animal protection organisations, lively panel discussions on a range of animal protection issues, an update on the recommendations raised at the First Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies in 2011, and the exciting opportunity to take part in a Public Forum with Minister K. Shanmugam, Grassroots Advisor- change to his full title as in the press release.

The Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies drew hundreds of people to speak up for animals in Singapore- over 450 people turned up to show their support for creating positive change for animals, a sure sign that the animal protection movement is gathering pace in Singapore. The crowd also had the chance to hear about how their feedback from last year’s event has helped shape animal welfare policies and resulted in significant progress over the past year.

“By working together, by providing constructive feedback, and by engaging each other positively, we have achieved more for the animals,” said Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director of ACRES. “Let us continue this journey together, let us remain positive that change is happening, and let us continue to be the voice for animals.”

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Minister K Shanmugam, government representatives, animal welfare groups, and most of all the members of the public for joining us at the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies, and giving us the opportunity to inspire a diverse group of voices to join the conversation and create positive change for animals in Singapore.

Programme for the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies