Acres sets up animal crime unit to deal with animal cruelty
A new dedicated Animal Crime Investigation Unit (ACIU) has been set up in Singapore to deal with cruelty and crimes against animals.
Run by the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES), it will investigate animal cruelty and wildlife crime, collate the necessary evidence, and prepare the case brief for prosecution by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in Court.
The announcement was made at the fourth Chong Pang Public Forum on Animal Protection Policies today (Mar 7).
CEO of ACRES Louis Ng said staff from the unit will also go undercover to detect animal crime and work with authorities on conducting sting operations to nab offenders.
ACIU, headed by lawyer Noelle Seet, will comprise four full-time staff members with qualifications in law, psychology, environmental management, life sciences, criminal justice, criminal investigation, forensic psychology and security management.
"We are confident that with this new unit and by working with AVA, we can help bring more offenders to task and ensure that justice is served," Mr Ng said.