The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has finally broke silence and concocted a new spin for its culling of endangered red jungle fowls.
The AVA had earlier said that the agency had culled 24 chickens in the Sin Ming area after “getting about 20 complaints from residents last year, largely about noise”.
However, it turns out that the supposed chickens were not actually chickens but endangered red jungle fowl. The agency was swiftly lambasted by Netizens for its ignorance.
In its latest statement released to the media ”Free-roaming chickens culled due to health and safety concerns, not noise: AVA” (Today, Feb 13), the agency’s Director-General , Dr Yap Him Hoo now says that the birds (not chickens meh?) were put down due to concerns over public health and safety and not because of complaints over noise.
The risk of free-roaming chickens in Singapore being exposed to bird flu is real and significant, as we are a stopover node for migratory wild birds.
… Various media reports may have given the impression that the AVA is taking action solely because of complaints about noise. But that is not the case. Our concern is not about noise but about public health and safety. The noise issues only serve to bring attention to the relatively high numbers of free-roaming chickens in certain areas, which in turn raise the risk of exposure to bird flu in these localities.
Without acknowledging that AVA had actually culled endangered red jungle fowl, Dr Yap has spun a fresh ‘good reason’ to justify the culling of these birds.
If that was the case, why did it took so long (2 weeks) for AVA to inform the public since AVA already had a ‘good reason’ to cull the birds?
But then hor…
According to AVA itself, “Singapore is free from bird flu” [ LINK ].
Singapore is free from bird flu. AVA and the National Parks Board conduct regular checks on migratory birds which can be carriers. AVA and the National Environment Agency also conduct regular checks on crows, mynahs and pigeons. So far, no bird flu virus has been detected.
Then how come suddenly got bird flu?
Be that as it may, then why wasn’t the public made aware of the fact – that bird flu has suddenly appeared out of nowhere and is now a threat?
AVA spinning or not?
Maybe the AVA had initially out of convenience, culled the birds since residents were making so much noise and then after receiving flakes from Netizens and realising that it was actually endangered birds then concocted the new ‘good reason’?
What do you think, AVA spinning or not?