Animal abuse is unacceptable and against the law in Singapore. As a nation that cares for animal welfare, we must take action when we see animals being mistreated.
If you witness rabbit abuse occurring in Singapore, here are some important steps to take:
- Remain calm and assess the situation. Do not put yourself in harm’s way, but try to observe what is happening to the rabbit. Note details like where the abuse is occurring, who is inflicting it, the type of abuse, etc. This information will help authorities.
- Document evidence if possible. If it is safe to do so, record videos or take photos as evidence of the animal abuse. Ensure your documentation is done in a discreet, non-confrontational manner.
- Report the animal abuse.Call the SPCA at 62875355 ext 9 (available 24/7) or the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) at +65 6805 2992 to file an animal welfare report. Provide them with details of the abuse and any evidence you documented. You can also file a report online at AVA’s website.
- Notify the police. Rabbit abuse constitutes animal cruelty which is against the law in Singapore. Contact the local police to file a report so authorities can investigate the abuse. Give them specifics like location, people involved, type of abuse, etc.
- Intervene only if safe. Do not put your own safety at risk. However, if it is possible to safely distract the abuser or remove the rabbit from the situation, consider intervening. Be cautious and use good judgement.
- Get the rabbit veterinary care. If you are able to rescue the rabbit safely, take it to a veterinarian for medical treatment. Inform the vet the rabbit may be abused so they can document injuries and tend to its wounds or trauma.
- Provide follow up statements. Cooperate with AVA and police during their investigation by providing witness statements on the rabbit abuse you encountered. Your information could help stop the abuser and save other animals.
Animals like rabbits depend on human protection. We must act on their behalf when we see abuse occurring. By responsibly reporting incidents to authorities and intervening only when safe, we can punish acts of cruelty and help vulnerable rabbits in Singapore.