ACRES chief executive Louis Ng Photo: Yahoo Singapore

A Non-governmental organisation specialises in animal rights has formed a dedicated unit to investigate crimes against animals.

Wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) has formed Animal Crime Investigation Unit to investigate complaints on animal cruelty and wild life crime. The methods used will include undercover work and sting operations. The evidence collected will be used by ACRES to prepare case for Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to be used in court.

The new unit will have four full time staff and headed by Noelle Seet, currently ACRES’ head of campaigns.

Ms Seet said: “Effective enforcement of the law and just sentences are key to deterring animal cruelty and wildlife crime. I am glad to lead this unit, and hope for greater public participation to bringing an end to animal cruelty and wildlife crime in Singapore”

Said Acres chief executive Louis Ng: “One of the challenges AVA has faced is the lack of or insufficient evidence in some cases of alleged animal cruelty or abuse or wildlife crime.

“We want to help gather the evidence and work with AVA to bring more offenders to task and ensure that justice is served.”

Louis Ng, a prominent animal rights activist and the founder of ACRES has officially joined PAP in June 2014. He once remarked that his work as an advocate for animal welfare has shown him that “things can change when we work from within”. He is last known to be based in Kembangan-Chai Chee ward in the Marine Parade GRC helping out Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.

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