Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's A Dog's Life After All

Businessman Lim Soo Seng was fined the maximum S$10,000 for “unreasonably omitting” to bring his female cross-breed dog to the vet for treatment. Under the present Animals and Birds Act, anyone convicted of animal cruelty can be fined up to S$10,000 or jailed for up to a year or both.

Members of Parliament have now tabled a bill to amend the Animals and Birds Act to propose harsher penalties for those convicted of acts of animal cruelty. A person convicted for animal cruelty for the first time can now be fined up to S$40,000 and/or jailed up to two years. Subsequent offenders can be fined up to S$100,000 and/or jailed up to three years, if the law makers have their way with the proposed changes.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) thinks Lim has been let off easy and has appealed to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for a heavier sentence - lock the bugger up and throw the key away. Which means somebody else will have to house and feed the three other toy dogs belonging to Lim. Looking at the horrific picture of the dog that died, another body may even suggest that Lim be put out of his misery.

Quite obviously, dog lovers are getting a bit overboard here.

Especially when you consider how our senior citizens have hardly been given a fair shake after years of toil. When MOE scholar Sun Xu - who objected to some seniors looking his way - said "there are more dogs than humans" in Singapore, he wasn't paying us a compliment. In one particular poll, 39 per cent of respondents felt the punishment meted to him was too lenient - his scholarship was terminated, and he was required to pay back about $8,200 for the first tranche of the semester’s scholarship benefits - while 35 per cent said they were too little, too late. It was too late to save the canine's life, but is it too late to come to the aid of seniors trying to access their CPF? What we need is a SPCA that stands for Society for Prevention of CPF being Abducted.


  1. Any two ends of our universe might just be next door neighbours, never too far for our dear, dear Tattler!

    I await eagerly the next exposé - Write on!

  2. Had been pondering on what kind of retribution will befall on those that refuse to treat and care for the sick and destitute.
    Now that there is punishment for pet owner who neglect or ill treat their living toys, who is and are going to be held responsible for sick and destitute Sinkies? Their kins and rulers, cant imagine these folks consider themselves responsible for their kins' wellbeings.

  3. No one has suggested that the person who sticks spurs into the citizens be incarcerated. Sun Xu was wrong to equate Singaporeans with dogs - they are regarded as worse than dogs.

  4. No offence to dog lovers, but this country is going to the dogs, literally and figuratively. What did old fart, the top dog, say? "We had to train adult dogs who even today deliberately urinate in the lifts.”

  5. Be careful with what you wish for. You may just get a new SPCA - Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Aliens.

  6. Animals cannot speak
    So, its ok to have them... better than citizens who make too much noise.. and non compliance.

    That is why there so much support for animals: from little boys & girls to ah kong & ah mah, to MPs... easier to deal than humans.

  7. I wonder whether Animals and Birds Act applies to protecting pappy "lap dogs" too. May be the PA (Puppy Act) suffice.

  8. Pity there's no 'Cruelty to the People They are Suppose to be Looking After', act. Don't hold your breath - there's none coming any time soon.

  9. It was the 'founding father' himself who metaphorically referred to voters as dogs that needs training not to pee and shit in lifts. Now they are saying be kind to dogs, how ironic.