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Code of Animal Welfare (for pet owners) 

The Code of Animal Welfare (for pet owners) was issued by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)*, on 15 June 2017. The code specifies the minimum standards for animal housing, management, and care which pet owners are expected to comply with 

MSCC and the Code of Animal Welfare

The Code of Animal Welfare (for pet owners) and the Code of Animal Welfare (for the pet industry), launched in October 2016, were both drafted and submitted to AVA by the Multi-Stakeholde Collaboration Committee (MSCC). 

Chaired by Mr Alex Yam, Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representative Committee, MSCC was formed in October 2013. It serves as a platform for stakeholders to share their views, build mutual understanding on issues relating to animal welfare, and enhance collaborative efforts promoting animal welfare in Singapore. 

MSCC comprises representatives from Members of Parliament, the community, animal welfare groups, the pet industry, the veterinary profession, and AVS. While formulating the codes of animal welfare, MSCC took into consideration the varied interests of various stakeholder groups represented in the committee, and also the views of the wider public.

Resources on the Code of Animal Welfare (for pet owners)

The Code of Animal Welfare (for pet owners) is made available in the form of a booklet and infographics. These materials can be obtained from veterinary clinics, pet shops, animal welfare groups, public libraries, and at our community events on responsible pet ownership. 

*The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore is dissolved, effective 1 April 2019. All farm, food and fishery functions will be managed by the Singapore Food Agency, while the animal and veterinary functions will come under the purview of the Animal & Veterinary Service, a cluster of the National Parks Board. For more information, please refer to our website/press release.