Thursday, 23 October 2014

Abusing Animal Rights???

This is worse than the rat infestation problem, you may never look at your Snoopy collectibles with the same affection again. It's one thing to hide behind the special needs children for a political agenda, it's quite another when an animal rights cause is hijacked for ulterior motives.

Of course, the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) is not dedicated to the welfare of canines only, it did contribute to feline proliferation in Chong Pang by ending the culling of cats in that estate. ACRES is now setting its sights on promoting "a better bridge between the Government and civil society". Whether that means the founder is treating its new subjects of interest as dumb sheep or cattle is highly conjectural.

Institute of Policy Studies senior research fellow Gillian Koh was first to point out that "we sit up when a civic activist crosses over to the PAP." What made the talking heads really stand up was that Louis Ng broke protocol by making his own announcement about joining the People's Action Party as a bona fide card carrying member. And that he publicly fingered Tan Chuan-Jin as the recruiter. Tan was last seen at a television programme ("A Minute To Win It") with Gurmit Singh. Will the yellow booted contractor also turn to the dark side?

The President’s Office explained in a press release that they will also be transporting many animals from the Singapore Zoo to the Istana for the day to allow visitors to see some of the animals???

While the press statement did not outline which animals would be brought in from the Singapore Zoo, is it necessary to transport the animals to the Istana for just 1 day???

There can be quite a lot of stress involved in moving certain animals as they may have to be put in very small cages and handled excessively to put on display for just one day before being transported back again???

Why haven’t any animal rights groups spoken up about it? Is ACRES afraid to speak up about it now that the founder, Louis Ng, has joined the PAP???

ACRES founder Louis Ng to join PAP
“I’ve given this serious thought for some time. My choice was to join the PAP”

In what could be a rarity for Singapore civil society and politics, animal rights activists Louis Ng has announced that he will be entering politics, joining the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

Mr Ng, the founder and executive director of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), made the announcement on his Facebook page, saying that many have asked if he intends to enter politics, including joining opposition parties.

Some of his followers have already asked if his entry into politics will affect his advocacy work. Mr Ng’s fight to free the Resorts World Sentosa dolphins would notably pit him against the government, some noted.


Animal rights activist Louis Ng has joined the People's Action Party (PAP) and will help Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin at the Kembangan-Chai Chee ward, in the Marine Parade GRC.

Mr Ng, the 35-year-old founder and chief executive of wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), announced his entry into politics in a Facebook post on Monday evening.

He becomes the latest likely face on the PAP slate for the next general election, joining other potential candidates such as corporate lawyer Amrin Amin, 35, Hai Leck Holdings deputy chief executive Cheng Li Hui, 38, and Keppel Corp director of group strategy and development Ong Ye Kung, 44, who was also formerly a PAP candidate for Aljunied GRC.


I’ve now been working at the grassroots level, learning and gaining experience. My passion to serve the community will always remain the same, my commitment towards advocacy work remains steadfast and my determination to make this world a better place remains strong.

I want to stress that ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore) is and will always remain close to my heart.

Many of you have known me as Louis Ng from ACRES for the past 13 years. I remain the same person who passionately believes in making a difference.

ACRES founder Louis Ng to join PAP
Ng with Shanmugum at the Chong Pang Forum on Animal Protection Policies

Many of you know that I’ve been working closely with Minister K Shanmugam Sc for the past five years, helping residents at his Meet-the-People Sessions, serving in the CCMC and also as the Animal Welfare and Environment Secretary in the Youth Executive Committee.

Through the many projects we launched, we made a significant difference for the community as well as advance animal welfare. We have been able to embark on pilot programmes for the keeping of cats in HDB flats and also end the culling of stray cats in Chong Pang.

On a wider and national scale, the annual Chong Pang Animal Protection Forums resulted in momentous animal protection policy changes in Singapore. The increased penalties for animal cruelty offences that will be discussed in Parliament next month is one of the best examples of our success.

ACRES founder Louis Ng joins PAP
Louis Ng, Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Founded by Louis Ng, the ten-year old organisation has pushed hard to improve animal welfare. Its focus areas include the illegal wildlife trade, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and promoting a cruelty-free living. Since August 2009, Acres has rescued over 1,200 wild animals

Ng announced in a Facebook post on Monday that he is currently serving in the Kembangan-Chai Chee constituency under Marine Parade GRC and will be working under Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.

Ng, 36, said his decision to join a political party was one he had given “serious thought for some time”. The founder of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society Singapore (ACRES) said he had “seen that things can change when we work from within”, adding that he had worked with government agencies and Members of Parliament before in promoting his cause.

Citing his work with Law Minister K Shanmugam in establishing pilot programmes for the keeping of cats as pets in flats and ending the culling stray cats in Chong Pang, Ng wrote that these collaborations had helped make a “significant difference for the community as well as advance animal welfare”.

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ACRES founder Louis Ng announces move to join PAP
Analysts say it is unusual for activist to join party politics, but see no conflict of interest

Mr Louis Ng, 36, best known as the face of non-governmental organisation (NGO) Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), took the unusual route of announcing yesterday to a few reporters face-to-face and on social networking site Facebook that he has joined the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

But as political analysts pointed out, there is nothing common about a leader of a combative NGO — which has often taken on large corporations and government agencies on the issues of animal welfare — joining the ruling party.

Mr Ng, who founded ACRES about 13 years ago, said he was approached in May to join the PAP by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, whom he had been helping in the Kembangan-Chai Chee ward. He took a month to decide.

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