Another fowl culling has ruffled feathers. This time it is the killing of free-roaming chickens in the Sungei Api Api area in Pasir Ris.
It comes barely a month after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) took similar action in Sin Ming estate in Thomson, sparking a heated public debate.
The AVA, however, said it was “highly unlikely” the birds are the red junglefowl, usually found on Pulau Ubin and in the western catchment area near Lim Chu Kang.
Why don’t AVA test the fowls killed in Pasir Ris and give us the results. After all, after the first cull
Mr Ng said he had seen photos of the chickens at the Sin Ming area and at least some of them were red junglefowl.
In answer to this, Dr Koh acknowledged that AVA would need to conduct genetic studies to ascertain whether the chickens found in the area were red junglefowl or other breeds.
AVA is continuing to undertake research with academics, wildlife experts, and other public agencies to find the best ways to manage the population of free-ranging chickens and other birds, according to Dr Koh.
Btw, the ang moh director of the film shoot of Sin Ming chooks said of genetic testing:
I would dispute the assertion that they are “chickens, not jungle fowl” – They are exactly the same species (only genetic testing would be able to differentiate wild type fowl from domesticated birds, and even then the difference is debatable).
To end, a FB pal summed up the situation pretty well:
PAP MP, Grassroots leaders, Residents all pissed off by the lack of consultation and transparency in AVA culling operations.
Is AVA trying very hard not hearing the public outcry?
Err where are the Wankering MPs from the Worthless Party? Answer, they are running around like headless chickens over irregular payments.