Proposed Amendments to the Wild Animals and Birds Act (WABA)
The WABA is the principal piece of legislation that deals with the protection of wild animals and birds outside Singapore’s nature reserves and parks.
The WABA was first passed in 1965. However, new challenges pertaining to the protection of Singapore’s native wildlife have emerged in the recent years that may not be adequately addressed under the current Act.
As such, Mr Louis Ng, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, will be tabling proposed amendments to the WABA. The amendments - which will then be known as the Wild Animals and Birds Bill - will be tabled in parliament as a Private Members Bill.
To discuss, review and refine the proposed amendments, the Wild Animals Legislation Review Committee (WALRC) was formed in January 2018. The WALRC is made up of representatives and experts from a range of stakeholders, including academia, nature groups, animal management companies and interest groups relevant to the WABA.
Invitation to submit feedback and comments
Members of the public and civil society groups are invited to submit their feedback and comments to the proposed amendments to the WABA via a short survey, below. A face-to-face public consultation was held on 4 May 2018, with another session to be scheduled later in the year.
The public can send in their feedback to the Secretariat of WALRC, Karen Sim at firstname.lastname@example.org , from 20 June 2018 to 18 July 2018 (5 p.m).
Period of consultation: 20 June 2018 – 18 July 2018