Thursday, 23 March 2017

AVA Culls More Chickens In Pasir Ris

Showing Us That Public Opinion Doesn’t Matter To Them
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Spore (AVA) has come under fire once again regarding chicken culling

Just earlier this year, what was said to be endangered Red Junglefowl were slaughtered by the AVA after receiving complaints by residents in Sin Ming Avenue.

After getting flak for that, the AVA then claimed that the chickens were slain due to concerns over public health and safety, and not because they were noisy.

This time, they’ve ruffled the feathers of netizens by killing free-roaming chickens in Sungei Api Api in Pasir Ris, citing complaints, without discussing it with the residents there or even informing them about it.

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Pasir Ris residents 'cry fowl' after AVA culling
Men from Mastermark Bird Control at Riverina View last month. An AVA spokesman said it has been getting feedback about the "growing free-roaming chicken population" in the area since last year. ST foto: Kevin Lim

Another fowl culling has ruffled feathers. This time it is the killing of free-roaming chickens in the Sungei Api Api area in Pasir Ris.

It comes barely a month after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) took similar action in Sin Ming estate in Thomson, sparking a heated public debate.

Residents of the private estate beside Sungei Api Api said they used to see flocks of 10 birds or more until around 2 months ago, when the culling began. Now, only scattered groups of 2 to 3 birds remain, said lawyer Chia Boon Teck.

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Free-roaming chickens in Sungei Api Api area culled

There are only scattered groups of two to three chickens in the Sungei Api Api area now in Pasir Ris after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) culled most of the free-roaming animals in their habitat.

According to The Straits Times, residents stated that there used to be more than 100 birds in the area.

Lawyer Chia Boon Teck, who lives in a semi-detached house in Riverina View, told The Straits Times that the residents in the area were upset as the culling, which began around a month ago by the Authority was done without any discussion.

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AVA learns its lesson from Sin Ming chickens, goes on to cull chickens believed to be red junglefowl in Pasir Ris

“Now that said, AVA (Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority) acknowledges that engagement and communications with residents and other stakeholders on this issue (culling of the Sin Ming chickens) ought to have been better managed”.

This was what Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State for National Development, said in parliament, exactly a month ago on Feb 20.

But it appears that AVA is still keeping to its old ways of managing the chicken issue.

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AVA culled chickens because they may spread bird flu
Economist Donald Low's 3 good reasons why AVA shouldn’t culled Sin Ming chickens

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Chicken-culling saga in Year of the Rooster
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore had said that the relocation option for the chickens that were roaming around the Sin Ming area was not viable as land is scarce in Singapore. Foto: Raj Nadarajan

As a debate flared up yesterday over free-ranging chickens that were put down by the authorities in the Sin Ming area, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) revealed that it received 250 complaints islandwide on free-ranging chickens last year, & they were mostly about noise-related nuisances caused by the birds.

Some of the areas in which chickens were found roaming include Pasir Ris Street 52 & Riverina View near the boundary of Pasir Ris Park.

The authority also disclosed that it put down 24 chickens that were wandering around Thomson View and Blocks 452 to 454 Sin Ming Avenue, after getting 20 complaints last year from residents there, also mainly about noise.

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