The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has issued the Code of Animal Welfare (for the Pet Industry) on 11 Aug 2016. It comprises:
- Minimum Standards on animal housing, management and care, which pet businesses are expected to comply with; and
- Best Practices on animal housing, management and care, which pet businesses are encouraged to adopt to further raise the standard of animal welfare in Singapore.
The Code takes effect from 1 Oct 2016, with a grace period of six months, from 1 Oct 2016 to 31 Mar 2017. During the grace period, AVA will not use non-compliance with the minimum standards in the Code as supporting evidence to prosecute for animal welfare offences. Notwithstanding this, AVA will continue to take enforcement action when there is direct evidence of animal welfare and cruelty contraventions.