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      Jail and fines for researchers who treat animals inhumanely

      30 October 2004

      SINGAPORE - Researchers who treat laboratory animals inhumanly will face a
      year in jail and fines up to 10,000 Singapore dollars (5,900 US) under new
      regulations starting November 15.

      Licensing of all research institutions using animals will be compulsory and
      granted only after the facilities meet such standards as providing training
      for researchers, caretakers and managers on the proper care, handling and
      housing of animals under the rules unveiled on Saturday.

      Policing researchers to make sure scientists follow the strict guidelines
      covering all aspects of animal use and care is the Agri-Food and Veterinary
      Authority (AVA).

      If spot checks cover any infringements, offenders face imprisonment and
      fines while the institute stands to lose its licence.

      "At this point animals have to be used for scientific purposes, that's a
      given," Professor Bernard Tan, head of the National Advisory Committee for
      Laboratory Animal Guidelies, told The Straits Times.

      "What we have tried to do is to ensure they are used humanely," he was
      quoted as saying.

      AVA chief executive officer Ngiam Tong Tau said the AVA has not received any
      complaints accusing researchers here of making animals suffer.

      While this indicates self-regulation has worked, the legal framework will
      formalise it, he noted.

      Institutes using animals have a two-month grace period from November 15 to
      submit their applications for licenses.

      The regulations were adopted from those existing in the United States,
      Australia, Canada and several international organizations.

      Nearly 90 per cent of the research using animals here relies on small
      creatures such as rodents. Research involving primates is rare in Singapore.



      "Live in peace with the animals. Animals bring love
      to our hearts, and warmth to our souls"-Colleen Klaum

      “The ultimate measure of a community is not where it stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where it stands in times of challenge and controversy.”
      -Martin Luther King Jr.

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