By Georgia Tong
In the recent case of culling of chickens in Sin Ming, who can verify that all those birds culled were domestic fowls? There is a high probability that there are red jungle fowls among them.
A healthy brood of red jungle fowls which are protected endangered species has been featured in a few documentaries (besides Wild City). Thus it is unbelievable when Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) claims that those were all domestic chickens. It is unlikely that a healthy brood of red jungle fowls ‘disappeared’ overnight to be replaced by a brood chickens.
Besides, AVA also claims that the birds were killed humanely. However, that is no explanation on the method used. If the current method to cull pigeons is used – it is very cruel. Pigeons are first poison to incapacitate their motion, so we see pigeons falling off ledges and roofs after ingesting poison but still alive. Then they are stuff into bags to suffocate slowly to death.
It is an irony that AVA being the ‘gatekeeper’ for the act on cruelty against animals condone such inhumane culling method for years. Can AVA be trusted to be a reliable ‘gatekeeper’ for our protected endanger species?
What if the authority such as AVA has crossed the line and infringed upon the Act to protect endangered species and animals against cruelty in the Sin Ming fowl incident – who will prosecute AVA ?
Can we trust AVA to own self check own self?
Video of the chickens – Taken on 9 December 2016 by Tony Koh