SINGAPORE: Four people were fined S $ 2,500 each on Wednesday (January 13) for feeding wild boars in Lorong Halus, with a total of 19 to be charged with the offense over the next few weeks – the most large numbers since the wildlife law came into force last June.
The location of the feeding site is “a few miles” from a Pasir Ris park where a wild boar attack took place on November 17 last year, the National Parks Board (NParks) said.
The 19 individuals were captured feeding wild boars bread or dog food between November 26 and December 7 by NParks staff during inspection rounds. Some were alone, while others were seen in groups of up to three.
NParks summoned and brought to justice the first eight suspected violators on Wednesday, while the remaining 11 will be charged over the next two weeks.
Of the eight indicted in court today, Miko Neo Hwee Li, Lee Jun Rong Jovan, Ow Congyang and Soh Cheng Luan were fined S $ 2,500 after pleading guilty to their charges.
Balu A / L Bala Raman and Ganga Devi Poobalan will plead guilty in February while Ong Jue Ying and Marcus Sim Jing Wei will return to court next month.
Comment: To reduce wildlife attacks on humans, stop feeding them
NParks said the actions taken signal an increasingly serious stance on feeding wildlife.
“NParks has a serious view of feeding wildlife,” the board said in a press release.
“Intentional feeding or irresponsible rejection of food changes the natural foraging behavior of wild animals and accustoms them to the human presence and the dependence of humans on an easy food source.”
“This results in a greater propensity for wildlife to approach humans for food and may cause them to venture into urban areas in search of human food sources.”
As a result, wild animals can roam the roads, endanger themselves and create dangers for motorists, and can also display aggressive behavior when encountering people. The latter may result in the euthanasia of animals in order to protect public safety, NParks said.
In June 2020, significant changes were made to the protection, preservation and management of wildlife in Singapore. The then Wild Animals and Birds Act was amended to include more severe penalties for those who feed wildlife or release animals into the wild. It was also renamed the Wildlife Act.
The law provides stronger protections for wildlife to maintain a healthy ecosystem and protect public health and safety, NParks said.
Since the law came into force on June 1, 2020, NParks has identified several “power hot spots”. He took coercive action against 62 people for feeding the wildlife and sued more than 20 in court.
Under the Wildlife Act, first offenders caught feeding wild animals can be fined up to S $ 5,000, while repeat offenders can be fined up to S $ 10,000.
As part of its outreach and education efforts, NParks has launched a “Say No to Feeding Wildlife” campaign, which is supported by the National Environment Agency and the Singapore Food Agency.
Comment: Are we unable to deal with the wild animals that come our way?
Members of the public can report wild boar encounters by calling the NParks Animal Response Center at 1-800-476-1600.
“NParks would like to remind the public that if they encounter a boar, they should stay as calm as possible and slowly move away from the animal. Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal,” he said. said the board.
“If adult wild boars are seen with young piglets, keep a distance and leave them alone, as they are potentially aggressive and may attempt to defend their young.