Youth Animal Welfare Symposium 2021

Are you concerned about animals and want to play a part in protecting them? Do you want to be an effective advocate but don’t know where to start?

Join us this 31 July as we bring together passionate speakers who will talk about creating a better world for animals – covering topics relating to pets, community animals, wild animals, animals used for food and more! We also have a special guest speaker who will share about the history of animal welfare in Singapore, so we can all learn about what things were like for the animals in years past.

Date: 31 July 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Mode: Virtual
Participants: Youth aged 13-20 (Secondary Schools, Polytechnics, Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) or equivalent)


Thank you everyone who joined us and our speakers!
We hope you left inspired to take your first step into the animal welfare scene. ヾ(=`ω´=)ノ”


Want to help animals, yet unsure how to? Embark on your pursuit with us by applying for our Animal Action Grant – with awards of up to $1,000 for your project! All are welcome to apply, with priority given to youth and participants of our Symposium.


  •  Application Dates: 1 August 2021 – 3 September 2021, 2359hrs

  •  Project Objective: Raises awareness of animal welfare issues and / or improve animal welfare

  •  Project Theme: Companion Animals, Cruelty-free Lifestyle, Wildlife, or others

  •  Project Critera: To be completed within five months of notice of successful grant application / applicants under 21 will need a supervisor

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  Date Event
  01 August 2021 (Sunday) Grant registration open
  03 September 2021 (Friday) Grant registration close
  08 October 2021 (Friday) Email notifications for project pitches to grant panel
  19 November 2021 (Friday) Email notifications for successful project applications
  18 March 2022 (Friday) Receipts from grant awardees 


Registration will only open on 1 August 2021.
Contact our Education team for more information.


Edwina Lim, ACRES

Why Wild Animals don’t make Good Pets

For the past 6 years, Edwina has played a vital role in sowing seeds of compassion in young people through ACRES’s humane education programmes.

She’ll be touching on why wild or exotic animals should stay in nature, and what types of animals do make good pets!

Thenuga Vijakumar, CWS

Dispute Resolution for Community Cats

Interested in the Cat Welfare Society’s sterilisation, mediation and education operations?

Join us and learn more about our community cats and how we as a community can help foster a Singapore community that recognises the value of our community cats.

Dr Lin Anhui, AVS

Humane Population Management

Learn more about AVS’s nation-wide TNRM programme – a humane, science-based approach to managing the stray dog population.

Dr Lin Anhui will also be sharing more on Project ADORE, an initiative to rehome more local mixed-breed dogs to HDB residences.

Dr Charlene Yeong, WRS

Keeping Native Wildlife safe in Singapore

Dr Charlene Yeong is a veterinarian at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, part of the team that looks after the healthcare of collection animals. She also oversees rescued wildlife admissions, treatment and rehabilitation.

Find out together how we can keep native wildlife safe in Singapore!

Deirdre Moss, Guest

History of
Animal Welfare

Deirdre Moss worked under SPCA Singapore for 27 years, before returning to Australia in 2015 to volunteer in assisting students with animal welfare projects.

Focusing on her work experience, look back at SPCA Singapore’s history and its changes!

Rebecca Cappelli, ACRES

A Voice for Animals
in Consumerism

An award-winning filmmaker, Rebecca works aims to alleviate human and non-human suffering, with focus on how the health of our values are connected to the planet’s.

Don’t miss this chance to learn what difference we can make for the animals – covering diet, fashion, cosmetics, and house products.

Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, SPCA

The Future of
Animal Welfare

Jaipal has been involved in animal welfare for almost 20 years. He believes that all sentient beings deserve protection, including often forgotten animals such as animals used for food.

Join him as he wraps up the discussions at the symposium with a focus on the future of animal welfare in Singapore and beyond.

Haven King-Nobles, FWI

The Secret Life
of Fish

Have you ever looked at your dinner and wondered how that fish ended up on your plate? The answer: aquaculture and fish farms.

Haven explains how he and his international team at Fish Welfare Initiative work hard daily to better the lives of fishes in farms through research on innovative and practical farming solutions.

Jasmine Ng, HRSS


With House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS), Jasmine helps rescues and rehome rabbits in Singapore.

Take a stance with Jasmine as she shares her knowledge about the unseen and lesser known animal welfare issue of rabbit abandonment in Singapore.

Selina Sebastian, SPCA

Fighting Cruelty and Promoting Welfare

A long term staff at SPCA, Selina currently manages the Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) team.

Get together as she introduces the basic principles of animal welfare, and shares about cases of animal cruelty. She will also touch upon Teach With Kindness.

Vince Cinches, WAP

Farm Animal Welfare

Vince toils hard as the International Campaign Manager for Farming at World Animal Protection to improve the welfare for our famed animals. 

He’ll be sharing about the inextricable links between animal welfare, sustainable development, food security, climate justice, environmental protection, and a healthy lifestyle!

Anbarasi Boopal, ACRES

Cruelty-free Lifestyle

As co-CEO of ACRES, Anbu oversees education, fundraising, animal crime investigations, and campaigns. She strongly believes that each and every one of us can play an important role in protecting our environment and our animal friends

Tap onto Anbu’s varied experiences on how we can all play our part in creating a kinder world for animals!

Kerine Leong, SPCA

Ocean Noise Pollution

With passion for wildlife, Kerine embarked on a research project with SPCA on obscure animal welfare issues that often go under radar – seeing the importance in bringing these issues to the surface.

Be more conscious with Kerine, of the exponentially alarming phenomenon – Ocean Noise Pollution, a notable cause of mass beaching of marine mammals worldwide.

Roopali Raghavan, WRS


Roopali is the Assistant Vice President at Mandai Nature in Singapore; a non-profit entity, dedicated to protecting threatened species, nurturing healthy ecosystems, and creating vibrant communities where wildlife and people can thrive and co-exist.

Get ready as she answers all the burning questions you have on Wildlife in Singapore!

Event Materials


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