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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Maybe there is hope afterall

I vaguely remember, just before I got sideswiped by bacteria in the food, I was ranting about Singapore's deplorable attitude and ignorance about the need to be compassionate for non-humans Guess what I found in my mailbox?

From: Amy (Acres) Date: Apr 21, 2006 4:29 PM Subject: [Acres Action Alert] Help stop Canadian seal slaughter To:

Dear Acres Supporters, This has been a very busy time for Acres in terms of our awareness programme, with four talks held during the past ten days at Meridian Junior College, the Canadian International School, United World College and Victoria Junior College. The replica model of a bear at a bear farm proved to be a major talking point, generating a lot of interest and discussion about the bear bile trade among the students. Several more talks are lined up for the near future at Singapore Sports School, Victoria Junior College and Tajong Katong Secondary school. These educational visits to schools are a vital part of our work, raising awareness on animal welfare issues among the younger generation. We would like to thank all those who have invited us to their schools and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future. Action alert: A number of our members have written to us expressing their concern over the slaughter of helpless baby seals in Canada, a barbaric practice which has received a lot of media attention worldwide. Acres is strongly opposed to this seal hunt and we urge you to take a few moments to sign the "Tell Canada to Speak the Truth About the Seal Hunt" petition found at the following link More on the Canadian seal hunt and ways you can help to speak out against this cruelty can be found on the website of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at Please continue to be the voice for the animals. Best wishes, Amy Corrigan (BSc)Director of Zoology Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) 11 Pasir Ris Farmway 2Singapore 519326(O): +65 6581 2488(F): +65 6581 6318(HP): +65 9155 7295

Now we're not saying we're the pioneer Singaporeans for awareness of animal welfare, and animal rights, btmao and I. But it used to be that anything that's not about the 5Cs, celebrity gossip, or very local-contextual stuff, drew complete BLANKS. We might as well have been pantomining or doing something like make like trees and drew utter disinterest (or artificial polite response, if lucky).

The fact that ACRES supporters wrote in to ACRES to voice their concerns is a start. Its a small start, but at least it's there. I really hope we see people speaking up in the public forums of newspapers and so on too.

As an aside, I wonder if ACRES had a chance to raise this issue atthe talk they held for the Canadian International School

Go here or here for more details on the CRUEL and UTTERLY unnecessary Canadian annual seal-slaughter. (Please also go to CARE! to learn about other issues needing your help.) Still, this is about a global issue. I'm still vacillating between hopeful and hopeless for Singapore cats:

Not to forget the other animals too (SINGAPORE UGLY / Casefile: Cruel Singapore. Hack-care Singapore.)

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