YES: Animal rights are well protected and advanced by various stakeholders, making the cause a progressive and proactive force in shaping Singapore’s future.
Laws are in place and rigorously enforced against those who violate animal rights, thereby deterring many from such actions.
Advocacy and activist groups are increasingly influential in raising public awareness and action in support of animal rights, leading to higher levels of support and care of animal populations.
Increasingly affluent citizens and residents pamper their pets and animal companions, consistently showering them with the best care afforded by money and financial means.
The mass media increasingly adopts animal rights as a worthy cause, encouraging public buy-in and support for the issue.
NO: Animal rights are marginalized or even undermined at various points by individuals or groups with their own agendas, thereby sabotaging Singapore’s potential and future as a progressive society.
While legislation serves to deter many from minor acts of animal abuse, the authorities may not have fully committed to solving severe acts of animal abuse due to their complex nature and demands on the investigative resources of the police.
The financial and corporate influence of some businesses enable them to persist in the exploitation of animals for commercial profits despite public disapproval and the efforts of activist groups to shame them into complying with more ethically acceptable standards.
Increasing affluent citizens and residents may not be fully cognizant of their obligations as pet owners and often neglect or abuse animals, often with little retribution by the law or society since such acts may either be under-reported or untraceable.
Some forms of animal rights abuse may have been normalized in our culture and the media may be complicit in advancing these views unwittingly rather than alerting the public to their potential ethical implications.