Relevant Legislation

Adpost Pets operates in accordance to legislation pertaining the sale, trade, and exchange of pets and animals locally and internationally.

Code of Animal Welfare

  • Section 3. Management of Pet Businesses
    • Accountability of owner
      • Any owner must not leave the animal at any place, or cause or permit the animal to leave his/her possession, custody or control, whether permanently or temporarily, without making reasonable arrangements for the care of the animal.
      • Any owner must take reasonable measures to locate and retrieve the animal if it is lost.
      • Owners who handle animals must be trained in and competent to handle the animals.
  • Minimum Standards and Best Practices for Pet Retailers
    • Section B3. Sale of Animals
      • All animals for sale must be healthy and well-cared for. Diseased animals must not be offered for sale or display.
      • Accurate information of each animal (date of birth, sex, type of vaccinations given and vaccination schedule as appropriate) must be provided where relevant.
      • Puppies and kittens must have received at least two vaccinations against common diseases, been de-wormed, and allowed to rest for a week after vaccination prior to sale.
      • Animals must not be sold to persons who are below 16 years of age.
      • Infant animals must be fully weaned and be able to take solid food before they are sold.

Individuals involved in the sale of animals must be knowledgeable about breed standards (i.e. the desired characteristics of the breed, such as size, proportion, coat, colour, and temperament) and breed-specific genetic problems.

Pet Shops and Pet Sales

Posters will need a licence from the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) before the pet shop is allowed to display, sell, distribute, or export pets. The types of animals allowed to sell will be printed on the pet shop licence.

Animals allowed for sale
The following animals are allowed for sale in pet shops:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Mice
  • Chinchillas

Under the Wildlife Act, a person must not offer for sale or sell any wildlife except with the Director-General, Wildlife Management's written approval to do so. Subject to the conditions listed below, the following wildlife species are approved by the Director-General to be sold or offered for sale:

  1. Red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans)
  2. All birds except house crow (Corvus splendens), white-vented or Javan myna (Acridotheres javanicus), common myna (Acridotheres tristis), feral pigeon (Columba livia), and birds which are prescribed as protected wildlife species
  3. All fish except piranhas and fish which are prescribed as protected wildlife species
  4. Land hermit crabs (Coenobita rugosus)
  5. Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)
  6. Green tree frogs (Litoria caerulea)
  7. American bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus)
  8. Crab-eating frogs (Fejervarya cancrivora)
  9. Malayan box turtles (Cuora amboiensis)
  10. Tubifex worms (Tubifex tubifex)
  11. Blood worms (Chironomidae and Glycera spp.)
  12. Daphnia (Daphnia spp. and Monia spp.)
  13. Sea monkeys (Artermia spp.)
  14. House crickets (Acheta domesticus)
  15. Mediterranean two-spot crickets (Gryllus bimaculatus)
  16. Mealworms and superworms (Tenebrio molitor and Zohobas moria)
  17. Black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens)
  18. Earthworms
  19. Sarong worms (Diopatra neapolitana)
  20. Microworms (Panagrellus spp.)
  21. Camponotus irritans
  22. Meranoplus bicolor
  23. Odontoponera denticulata
  24. Odontomachus simillimus
  25. Tetraponera rufonigra
  26. Conditions for items 1-9: These species can only be sold by a pet shop or farm (as defined under the Animals and Birds (Pet Shop and Exhibition) Rules and Animals and Birds (Licensing of Farms) Rules respectively), or a licenced importer under the Animals and Birds Act.

The pet shop, farm, or importer must hold a valid pet shop, farm or import licence (as the case may be) under the Animals and Birds Act and comply with all conditions of the respective licence.

The pet shop, farm, or importer must have a CITES permit or Certificate of Origin in respect of the wildlife which is listed in the CITES Appendices.

*This is only applicable to items 1-9 of the wildlife species list.

NParks is currently reviewing the species of aquatic invertebrates that are approved by the Director-General to be sold or offered for sale, and will update the list in due course.

The conditions may be amended at any time without notice.

The approval and conditions are valid as of 30 November 2020.

Selling and displaying Dragon Fish (Asian arowana or Scleropages formosus)

Aquarium shops and fish farms in Singapore must have a pet shop licence or fish farm licence from us in order to sell Dragon Fish. To display and sell Dragon Fish, you must fulfil Condition 10 of the Pet Shop Licensing Conditions (5) for Display and Sale of Fancy Fish. You are only allowed to sell Dragon Fish that are:

  • Bred in captivity
  • Second generation and beyond

Animals & Birds (Pet Shop and Exhibition) Rules

  • Section 3. Use of premises as pet shop. No person shall use any premises as a pet shop, or for any exhibition or distribution of animals or birds, except in accordance with a valid licence issued by the Director-General under rule 4 and in accordance with the conditions, if any, of that licence.

Animals & Birds (Dog Licensing & Control Rules)

  • Section 3. Requirement for licence and approval

(1) No person shall own or keep a dog that is over 3 months of age unless that person has taken out a licence in respect of the dog.

(2) No person shall keep more than 3 dogs in any premises (not being a dog farm) without the prior permission of the Director-General.

(3) The Director-General may grant permission under paragraph (2) for the keeping of more than 3 dogs in any premises (not being a dog farm), subject to - (a) the imposition of additional conditions of the licence; and (b) the payment of the appropriate licence fee.

(4) No person shall keep more than one dog of any breed specified in the Second Schedule in any premises without the prior permission of the Director-General.

  • Section 4. Application for and issue of licence, etc.

(1) Where a licencee owns or keeps any of the breeds of dogs specified in Part I of the Second Schedule, he shall comply with the following requirements:

(a) the dog shall be implanted with a microchip;

(b) the dog, if over 6 months of age, shall be sterilised;

(c) the licencee shall have in force a policy of insurance approved by the Director-General for an amount of not less than ,000 to cover any injury to persons or animals or damage to property that might be caused by the dog;

(d) the licencee shall furnish to the Director-General security in the form of a banker's guarantee for ,000, which shall be forfeited if - (i) the licencee allows the dog to be in a public place otherwise than on a leash and securely fitted with a muzzle sufficient to prevent it from biting a person; or (ii) the dog is reported lost; and

(e) the licencee whose licence was obtained on or after 15th November 2010 shall subject his dog to undergo obedience training in a manner and within such period that may be determined by the Director-General.

(2) Where a licencee owns or keeps any of the breeds of dogs specified in Part II of the Second Schedule, he shall comply with the following requirements:

(a) the dog shall be implanted with a microchip;

(b) the licencee shall have in force a policy of insurance approved by the Director-General for an amount of not less than ,000 to cover any injury to persons or animals or damage to property that might be caused by the dog;

(c) the licencee shall furnish to the Director-General security in the form of a banker's guarantee for BDY,000, which shall be forfeited if - (i) the licencee allows the dog to be in a public place otherwise than on a leash and securely fitted with a muzzle sufficient to prevent it from biting a person; or (ii) the dog is reported lost; and

(d) the licencee whose licence was obtained on or after 15th November 2010 shall subject his dog to undergo obedience training in a manner and within such period that may be determined by the Director-General.

(3) The Director-General may, in his discretion, give a direction to any licencee who owns or keeps any dog that is not of a breed specified under the Second Schedule to comply with all or any of the requirements specified in paragraph (1) or (2).

(4) Any licencee who is given a direction by the Director-General under paragraph (3) shall comply with the direction

Wildlife Act

  • Section 8. Sale or export of wildlife
  • A person must not offer for sale, sell or export any wildlife (whether alive or dead), any part of a wildlife, unless the person has the Director-General's written approval to do so.
  • A person who has the Director-General's written approval mentioned in subsection (1) must comply with the conditions of the approval.
  • A person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction -
    1. in the case where the offence is committed in respect of a protected wildlife, to a fine not exceeding ,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both; and
    2. in any other case, to a fine not exceeding ,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
  • Section 9. Import of Wildlife.
  • A person must not import into Singapore any living wildlife unless the person has the Director-General's written approval to do so.
  • A person who has the Director-General's written approval mentioned in subsection (1) must comply with the conditions of the approval.
  • A person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ,000 or to imprisonment for a team not exceeding 12 months or to both.

Endangered Species (Import & Export) Act (Cap 92A)

  • Section 4. Restriction on import, export, re-export or introduction from sea of scheduled species.

(1) Any person who imports, exports, re-exports or introduces from the sea any scheduled species without a permit shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ,000 for each such scheduled species (but not to exceed in the aggregate ,000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.

(2) Any person who has in his possession or under his control, or who sells, offers or exposes or advertises for sale, or displays to the public any scheduled species which has been imported or introduced from the sea in contravention of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ,000 for each such scheduled species (but not to exceed in the aggregate ,000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.

(3) Any person who sells, offers or exposes or advertises for sale, or displays to the public such scheduled species as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, specify shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ,000 for each such scheduled species (but not to exceed in the aggregate ,000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.

Wild Animals and Birds Act

  • Section 5.

(1) Any person who kills, takes or keeps any wild animal or bird, other than those specified in the Schedule, without a licence shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding %%,000 and to the forfeiture of the wild animal or bird.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

  1. All trade in specimens of species included in Appendix I shall be in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
  2. The export of any specimen of a species included in Appendix I shall require the prior grant and presentation of an export permit. An export permit shall only be granted when the following conditions have been met:

    (a) a Scientific Authority of the State of export has advised that such export will not be detrimental to the survival of that species;

    (b) a Management Authority of the State of export is satisfied that the specimen was not obtained in contravention of the laws of that State for the protection of fauna and flora;

    (c) a Management Authority of the State of export is satisfied that any living specimen will be so prepared and shipped as to minimize the risk of injury, damage to health or cruel treatment; and

    (d) a Management Authority of the State of export is satisfied that an import permit has been granted for the specimen.

  3. The import of any specimen of a species included in Appendix I shall require the prior grant and presentation of an import permit and either an export permit or a re-export certificate. An import permit shall only be granted when the following conditions have been met:

    (a) a Scientific Authority of the State of import has advised that the import will be for purposes which are not detrimental to the survival of the species involved;

    (b) a Scientific Authority of the State of import is satisfied that the proposed recipient of a living specimen is suitably equipped to house and care for it; and

    (c) a Management Authority of the State of import is satisfied that the specimen is not to be used for primarily commercial purposes.

  4. The re-export of any specimen of a species included in Appendix I shall require the prior grant and presentation of a re-export certificate. A re-export certificate shall only be granted when the following conditions have been met:

    (a) a Management Authority of the State of re-export is satisfied that the specimen was imported into that State in accordance with the provisions of the present Convention;

    (b) a Management Authority of the State of re-export is satisfied that any living specimen will be so prepared and shipped as to minimize the risk of injury, damage to health or cruel treatment; and

    (c) a Management Authority of the State of re-export is satisfied that an import permit has been granted for any living specimen.

  5. The introduction from the sea of any specimen of a species included in Appendix I shall require the prior grant of a certificate from a Management Authority of the State of introduction. A certificate shall only be granted when the following conditions have been met:

    (a) a Scientific Authority of the State of introduction advises that the introduction will not be detrimental to the survival of the species involved;

    (b) a Management Authority of the State of introduction is satisfied that the proposed recipient of a living specimen is suitably equipped to house and care for it; and

    (c) a Management Authority of the State of introduction is satisfied that the specimen is not to be used for primarily commercial purposes.

Click here for CITES Appendix I, II, and III.




 


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