Harsher penalties for feeding, releasing, trapping, killing animals under amended Wildlife Act

Harsher penalties are in place in Singapore for offenders who feed, release, trap or kill animals. The changes to the Wild Animals and Birds Act — now renamed the Wildlife Act — are the first substantial shake-up to the legislation since 1965. Private members’ bills such as this tabled by Louis Ng are rare, as they are tabled by MPs who are not ministers. Under the changes, feeding and releasing wildlife are now illegal islandwide, and not just in parks and nature reserves. There will also be stiffer fines for those who kill, trap or keep wildlife without approval. Offenders could be fined up to $50,000 and jailed up to two years.

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