Wednesday, February 13, 2019

NParks to be lead agency for animal and wildlife management

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/nparks-be-lead-agency-animal-and-wildlife-management
By Kok Yufeng, The New Paper, 13 February 2019 at 06:00 am

 

Starting April 1, the National Parks Board (NParks) will be the lead agency for animal and wildlife management, as well as animal and plant health.
PHOTO: Starting April 1, the National Parks Board (NParks) will be the lead agency for animal and wildlife management, as well as animal and plant health.
ST FILE PHOTO - Ms Sun Xueling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of National Development (MND)
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This comes after an amendment Bill to transfer the non-food plant and animal-related functions from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to
National Parks Board (NParks) was passed yesterday.

This follows the establishment of the Singapore Food Agency, which will take over AVA's food safety and food security responsibilities.

The AVA will thereafter cease to exist.

BENEFITS
Ms Sun Xueling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of National Development (MND), told Parliament that the move will bring several benefits.

NParks, a statutory board under MND, will now provide a one-stop service on animal management and animal welfare issues and a new Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) will be formed as the main touch-point.

The AVS will take on AVA's current role as the first responder for animal-related feedback, whether issues occur in parks, nature reserves or other parts of Singapore.



Increased expertise, more holistic overview of flora and fauna for NParks
PHOTO: Increased expertise, more holistic overview of flora and fauna for NParks
The transfer of animal-related functions from AVA to NParks aims to create a more holistic understanding of flora and fauna and better manage human-animal interactions.
The move will combine NParks’ expertise in wildlife conservation and horticultural science, and AVA’s in animal and plant health, said Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), and
Ministry of National Development (MND).
Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee said: “While we have done well to balance urban development and conservation of our natural heritage, there are opportunities to achieve greater synergy by bringing together the plant and animal roles.
This comes as the Government announced that a new government agency, the Singapore Food Agency, will be formed on April 1, 2019, and take over the work of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.
Having a single lead agency in wildlife management will also help reduce the time needed to coordinate different agencies in certain cases.
For example, under the old structure, if there is public feedback about wild boars roaming in a public place, NParks will handle the case if the animals are spotted in a park or nature reserve. If the boars appear in urban areas, the case will be referred to the AVA.
However, vector control, which is the management of disease-carrying pests such as rodents, cockroaches and mosquitoes, will still be carried out by National Environment Agency (NEA).
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NParks will also take over the existing Animal Response Centre from AVA, which members of the public can contact if they encounter wildlife like snakes or wild boars.

Ms Sun added that NParks will be better positioned to manage human-animal issues, which are becoming increasingly complex.

It will also be able to better detect and respond to zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, as the changes will allow NParks to look at all potential points of incursion.



Zoonoses can be caused by a range of disease pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites; of 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% were zoonotic.
PHOTO: Zoonoses can be caused by a range of disease pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites; of 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% were zoonotic. ... In direct zoonosis the disease is directly transmitted from animals to humans through media such as air (influenza) or through bites and saliva (rabies).
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Ms Sun said: "Disease response can also be enhanced with the consolidation of NParks' existing expertise in ecology and animal population studies, with AVA's expertise in veterinary science and diagnostic testing."



Ms Sun said: 'Disease response can also be enhanced with the consolidation of NParks' existing expertise in ecology and animal population studies, with AVA's expertise in veterinary science and diagnostic testing.'
PHOTO: Ms Sun said: "Disease response can also be enhanced with the consolidation of NParks' existing expertise in ecology and animal population studies, with AVA's expertise in veterinary science and diagnostic testing."
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NParks will also take over the administration of the Animals and Birds Act, giving its officers the power to take enforcement action against animal abusers or those who do not take care of their pets.



NParks will also take over the administration of the Animals and Birds Act, giving its officers the power to take enforcement action against animal abusers or those who do not take care of their pets.
PHOTO: NParks will also take over the administration of the Animals and Birds Act, giving its officers the power to take enforcement action against animal abusers or those who do not take care of their pets.
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Ms Sun said it will undertake a holistic review of the regulatory approach for animal-related businesses such as pet boarders, pet breeders and veterinary centres.



Ms Sun said NParks will undertake a holistic review of the regulatory approach for animal-related businesses such as pet boarders, pet breeders and veterinary centres.
PHOTO: Ms Sun said NParks will undertake a holistic review of the regulatory approach for animal-related businesses such as pet boarders, pet breeders and veterinary centres.
 
"And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so." (Genesis 1:30).
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By Kok Yufeng, The New Paper, 13 February 2019 at 06:00 am
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[1] Kok Yufeng, The New Paper, NParks to be lead agency for animal and wildlife management, posted on 13 February 2019 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/nparks-be-lead-agency-animal-and-wildlife-management


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