Friday, November 17, 2017

Cute But Illegal: Hedgehogs Cruelly Abandoned At HDB Refuse And Nature Reserve

Cute But Illegal: Hedgehogs Cruelly Abandoned At HDB Refuse And Nature Reserve

ACRES (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore)) posted up unsettling photos of African Pygmy Hedgehogs, on the 15th of November 2017. Hedgehogs are illegal to own, sell or trade in Singapore, and it has garnered quite a lot of attention as a household Pet in many other countries. What was discovered is further proof that we should never succumb to obtaining a Pet just because they are cute, and later abandoning them when the thrill surpasses.
Animal Cruelty Singapore
Photo via ACRES
 According to the post by ACRES, five Hedgehogs were discovered in a plastic tub, at the refuse collection of a HDB building. The other photograph of a single Hedgehog found by Herpetological Society of Singapore in a drain— at a nature reserve, whom which unfortunately died from suffering severe infection of maggot wounds.
Dead hedgehog Singapore
Photo via ACRES
While Hedgehogs are undeniably cute, this does not account for the torture they have had to endure from irresponsible Pet Ownership. Not to mention, they are also illegal, and here’s why, as stated by AVA (Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore):

Source via AVA
 Wild mammals bred or kept in captivity such as Hedgehogs (though illegal) require a lot of care and responsibilities, just like any other Pet. Even permitted Pets are victims to abandonment, the number of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and even Birds getting left behind are appalling.
illegal hedgehogs
Photo via ACRES
Pet abandonment and illegal Pet Trade is against the law! And here's how you can help:

Report any sightings of advertisements online offering prohibited wild animals as pets— by clicking “Report/Flag Ad” on the respective social media platforms, inform the authorities (AVA), or write to

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