SPCA Singapore’s new initiative, ‘Teach with Kindness’, is a movement that aims to spark community conversations on better regulation in the animal training industry.
Keeping in the spirit of World Animal Day (4 October 2020), the initiative seeks to promote humane, force-free, and evidence-based training methods among pet owners, for example, the use of rewards such as food, toys or praise to promote desired behaviours.
The SPCA is also continuing in its call for a ban on the use of the electric shock collar, as the device has no place in animal training. Its use is already banned or significantly restricted in numerous countries and jurisdictions such as the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and parts of the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia.
Here is SVA’s position statement in support of the campaign:
“Animal training needs to be based on up-to-date scientific research and force-free approaches to uphold animal welfare. This will bring us one step closer to a kinder Singapore.”