NUS PEACE

People Ending Animal Cruelty and Exploitation

October 23, 2018
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NUS PEACE annual accounts verified and will be transferred to an OSA WBS account

I am happy to report that I have completed my eighth annual audit for NUS PEACE!

As an Interest Group, NUS PEACE has no official reporting structure for finances. Since 2011, students have maintained their account on a shared Google Drive. A spreadsheet with credit, debit and balance is setup every year with the treasurer along with a procedure to log every entry. Corresponding receipts are scanned and uploaded in a folder with a specific filename.

NUS PEACE Receipts

At the end of their term, the treasurer, president and staff advisor get together with me for an audit of the group’s accounts. Each transaction is verified against the shared accounts page, bank passbook and receipts folder. When the exercise is successfully completed, the details of the verified account is posted on the Expenditure page here, for transparency.

Various presidents had cleared out their personal bank accounts to support NUS PEACE for more than a year, in order to ease the process for the incoming committees. The most recent had allowed used of her account since AY2014/15. Kudos to all of them!

Well, I just completed the audit exercise for Aug 2017 to Oct 2018 with the current treasurer, Tay Xin Ci. I am glad to report, everything is in order once again. This verified balance will be handed over to a dedicated WBS account with the Office of Student Affairs. This is an account which records the income and expenditure of the Interest Group and is subject to NUS financial procedures and oversight. The audits conducted by myself may no longer be necessary!

Congratulations to the various treasurers who maintained a good accounts sheet. This has importantly allowed the rest of the committee to focus on helping animals.

Well done folks!

N. Sivasothi aka Otterman
Staff Advisor, NUS PEACE

October 9, 2018
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NUS PEACE’s Upcoming Events Oct – Dec

October 2018

15th Oct 2018: VEGE Virtual Reality Experience

Organized by our newest animal rights subcommittee VEGE, experience first-hand the inner workings of factory farming through our use of virtual reality! Find us at the walkway of Central Library between 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Join us in our fight for animal rights and learn more about PEACE and VEGE as a whole during the event!

November 2018

2nd Nov 2018: CatCafe x Pawfriends Fundraiser

Said to be the most ambitious crossover since Infinity War, our subcommittees CatCafe and Pawfriends are having a fundraiser at Town Plaza in Utown! Support them by purchasing their goods, and play with shelter dogs in their playpen. Shelter dogs are from Uncle Khoe’s K9 Shelter, and let them tell you why adopting is indeed, better than shopping.

20th Nov 2018: SPCA Education Visit

Subcommittee TDP has arranged for a special visit to SPCA, where you can interact with the dogs there and learn all about dog mannerisms and behaviour. There are only 20 allocated slots, so keep your eyes open for the sign-up link coming soon! Additional costs may apply.

22nd Nov 2018: Dog Therapy Programme

Based on the popularity this event had last semester, we have expanded this to include more sessions! You’ve heard right! More. Sessions. This means more people can join us this year! Come release your exam preparation stress by plays with the dogs from Uncle Khoe’s K9 and SOSD! More information regarding sign-up will arrive at a later date, so follow us to get the fastest updates!

NUS PEACE FundRaiser 2017

October 4, 2017 by nuspeace | 0 comments

Come support NUS PEACE at our Fund Raising Event on the 26th of October outside the Cental Library! We’re selling many cute animal products such as T-shirts and animal-themed socks, as well as P.Osh brownies and cookies.

Pre-order your t-shirts and cookies at tinyurl.com/PEACEFR2017
Pre-orders are open to both NUS and non-NUS students!

We hope to see you there!

August 31, 2017
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NUS PEACE annual accounts verfication exercise!

For the past few years, NUS PEACE’s treasurer, president and staff advisor N. Sivasothi get together for an audit of the group’s accounts. Each transaction is verified against the shared accounts page, bank passbook and receipts folder.

When the exercise is completed, the details of the verified account is posted on the Expenditure page here, for transparency.

Well, we just completed the exercise and I am glad to report, everything is in order once again.

Well done folks!

N. Sivasothi aka Otterman

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L-R: N. Sivasothi (Staff Advisor), Vu Minh Phuong Jules (President 2017/18), Li Shaomeng (Treasurer 2016/17) & Tran Thuy Linh (President 2016/17).

March 21, 2017
by Shermaine Tay
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A Pet’s Day Out (Short Story)

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My secondary school friends probably remember me as someone who talks fondly of my pet, Embie. She was very small and grey. Compared to her peers, she probably stuck out like a sore thumb as their colours were much more vibrant than her dull features. But I love her for her cute little self. With her little feet, she climbed up a short flight of stairs, step by step. Darted past flat grounds. And hopped down the steps. Her chirps were always full of energy as she followed me around.

We had been very close as I was with her since she was a three week old baby, feeding her four times a day. As a kid, waking up at 5.00am willingly to do so probably was the craziest thing I did in my life.

I still vividly remember about the day out at East Coast Park with her even though so many years had passed. She was tailing behind me, running through the sand as I walked at a slow pace. Lots of people stopped to stare. I recalled little boy tugging his mother’s arm and pointing at us in awe. As I called Embie to fly up to perch on my hand, I could not hide my grin. Embie was incessantly making high-pitched chirps and flapping her wings in excitement, like the lovebird she was.

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Maybe it had spurred him to want a pet like Embie, I wouldn’t know.

For all that I would have known, that family could very well be in the small community of bird lovers as I am.

 

Bird people are just weird, as compared to our dog and cat loving counterparts. We let our birds scream at us. Are totally unfazed when they poop on us and well… I walk my bird. To my defense though, I heard of someone walking his terrapin. But I think all pet lovers would agree that a bit of out and about, fresh air and exercise can make one very happy pet!

March 2, 2017
by Shermaine Tay
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Fun Facts about Cats

#1: Cats can’t taste sweetness…

#2: Cats sleep so much that, by the time a cat is 9 years old, it will only have been awake for three years of its life!

#3: A cat rubs against people to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face, tail area and paws. Meow.

#4: When a family cat died in ancient Egypt,The cat was embalmed with a sculpted wooden mask and the tiny mummy was placed in the family tomb or in a pet cemetery with tiny mummies of mice.

#5: The smallest pedigreed cat is a Singapura.

#6: A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound. Woohoo!

#7: When cats leave their poop uncovered, it is a sign of aggression to let you know they don’t fear you.

#8: There is a legendary “monster” in Iceland called the Yule Cat. Farmers used to threaten their workers that the Yule Cat would devour them if they did not process the autumn wool before Christmas.

February 16, 2017
by Juliana Lee
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Interesting places to bring your dog

Happy Recess Week!!

Here are a list of places that welcome your dog for a great day out!

  • Tanjong Beach

Located in Sentosa is a large sandy beach that welcomes dogs for a fun day out in the sun and the sand! In the picture above, you can see Mango posing with the beautiful scenery. Your dog can roam around freely off leash (but you should still keep a watchful eye heh) and swim or run around on the long stretch of sand. If possible, get a floatation vest for your dog! More information on bringing your dog here can be found on Mango’s blog post.

 

  • East Coast Park (ECP)

Most well known for cycling and rollerblading trips, ECP is also a fun place to check out with your dog! With a 15 km long track, you can take your dog out for a run, it will be a healthy way to exercise and enjoy the amazing view while you are at it. It would be advisable to keep your dogs on their leashes!

 

  • Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Newly revamped Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is also a popular place for dog owners to bring their furry pal to on weekends. There are two designated dog run areas there, one for larger dogs and another for medium to smaller sized dogs. However, most of the time the owners are not discriminatory towards the size of dogs, all are welcome to join in the fun! Check out how much fun Zeus (above Golden Retriever) had at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park!

 

  • Punggol Point Park 

I’m sure you all have seen pictures on Instagram of people posing in front of Coney Island, which is where Punggol Point Park is at. There are bicycles for rental to accompany your day out with your dogs. In addition to the beautiful view, there are many places you can have your lunch before you kick start your day out, or dinner to end the day. Do check out this blog post for more detailed information!

  • Sunny Heights

Fancy a swim on a hot day? Head down to Sunny Heights located at 110 Turf Club Road for a dip in the pool. Opening hours are Saturday-Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 1.00pm to 6.30pm and Friday, 3.00 pm to 6.30pm. Do note that they are closed on Mondays! They charge $16 per hour and $2 for a life vest. Also, only dogs with current Annual Vaccine Records would be allowed entry. Sunny Heights also offers boarding services do check them out!

Do let us know if there are other places to bring your dogs in Singapore so that we can share them with other dog owners! Especially since it’s recess week and time for a break!

February 14, 2017
by Juliana Lee
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Suggested living conditions for Cats and Dogs

In this week’s article, we propose certain living conditions for your cats and dogs at home for your furry pal to stay in an optimal environment, keeping them happy and healthy in your company!

Firstly for cats, there needs to be a safe, secure food and water station and litter box area such as an area near the toilet as cats get startled by loud noises easily. This would allow your cat to eat and drink and do their business at ease.

Secondly, your cat needs a safe place to rest and hide. Cats like their own resting and hiding places which can sometime be the same place where they feel untouchable. Like humans, cats appreciate their personal space!
Thirdly, as cats are natural climbers and scratchers, you should provide a cat stand of some sort or a scratching post for your cat. It is in their nature and for the sake of your furniture, it is highly recommended to get one.

Fourthly, cats follow routines and are somewhat disciplined creatures in this sense. They would feel most at ease when its routine is predictable. Hence there is a need for consistency in your interactions with your cat. For instance, you could pet your cat when you leave the house for the day and give it a treat when you return. This allows the cat some gauge of what to expect.

Last but not least, cats can get bored easily and it is important to keep them entertained when you are not at home. Some cat owners leave music or their television switched on while they are out to stimulate their cat’s auditory senses. Do not leave your cat in an outdoor enclosure as they are prone to escaping and this could be dangerous to their safety.

Moving on to the dogs!

Firstly, dogs require a clean bowl of water that is readily available for them to access. The amount of water your dog drinks depends largely on its activity level at that moment. If your dog is resting at home, snoozing around, chances are that he/she would not be drinking much water. But if your dog has just came back from his/her walk, he/she would often head to their water bowl almost immediately.

Secondly, dogs should eat at particular timing. Most adult dogs eat twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This ensures that your dog does not overeat or starve throughout the day. Of course, treats during the day are always welcomed but not excessively

Estimate on how much a dog should eat 

Thirdly, dogs require a lot of exercise as they are usually quite active. Bringing them out for walks reduces the risk of obesity and also serves as a great way to bond with your pal!

Fourthly, puppies love to chew on things so in order to safeguard your precious furniture and your favourite shoes, it would be best to buy rawhide or chew toys to keep them occupied when you are not home.
Last but not least, it would be ideal to toilet train your dog from young or set aside a designated spot for him/her to do her business so you would not have to risk stepping on any landmines at home!

February 7, 2017
by Juliana Lee
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Interesting places to volunteer/visit as an animal lover

Do you love animals but can’t have one of your own? Does your busy schedule not allow you to keep a pet? Fret not because in this week’s article, we would be recommending some places you can volunteer at to spend some meaningful time with our furry friends.

 

 

  • Action For Singapore Dogs (ASD)

 

ASD is a non-profit organisation with the mission of improving the welfare of stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. They would rescue stray dogs and try to find them new homes. Learn more about how you can contribute to their mission here: Action For Singapore Dogs

 

 

  • SOSD

 

SOSD shares a similar mission as ASD, in addition to eliminating cruelty and abandonment of animals. There are many ways you can make a difference, even if you don’t have time you could also donate to their cause! Find out more about how you can help here: SOSD

 

 

  • Animal Lovers League (ALL)

 

ALL cares for an estimate of 700 abandoned dogs and cats. In addition, they feed strays in the neighbourhood. Find out more about their mission and join their cause here: Animal Lovers League

 

 

  • Uncle Khoe’s K9

 

NUS PEACE’s Pawfriends collaborates with Uncle Khoe in volunteering to care for the dogs. Our members would help to walk and bathe the dogs, which is what you can do too! Find out how you can volunteer here: Uncle Khoe’s K9

 

 

  • Gentle Paws

 

A small but strong privately run shelter that houses around 40 dogs. The dogs look forward to walks weekly so they really need volunteers to bring them out. Do pledge a walk with them here: Gentle Paws

 

 

  • Mutts & Mittens

 

Mutts & Mittens takes care of dogs, cats and even bunnies! They believe in doing the best for our furry friends and in believing the good of one another. Join their family here: Mutts & Mittens

 

 

  • Cat Welfare Society

 

The Cat Welfare Society aims to stabilise and reduce the stray cat population in Singapore. Stray cats are common sights in our neighbourhoods and should be given the attention they deserve, if you are a cat lover, there are many ways you can help out with their cause. Do consider joining their cause here: Cat Welfare Society

 

  • The House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS)

 

HRSS seeks to raise awareness on rabbits in Singapore. They rescue and foster rabbits as part of their cause with the goal of reducing the number of unwanted rabbits in Singapore. They need various volunteers helping out not only through physical labour but also creative writers, fund raisers etc. If you are interested, do visit their website to see how you can volunteer with them: HRSS

Shelters in Singapore constantly need the help of like-minded animal lovers.

Make a difference today!

 

February 4, 2017
by Shermaine Tay
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The Term, “Bird Brain”

Most commonly used to denote someone who is being dumb, the term, “bird brain” is seen as something negative. People condemn the use of it. No one wants to be associated to it at all. It is about time someone takes “bird brain” as a compliment instead.

Did you know? Comparing a macaw and a monkey, the parrot wins hands down by having proportionately more neurons in its forebrain — the part of the brain associated with intelligent behaviour.

Birds, despite having small brains, are able to perform complicated cognitive behaviors.

 

Alex, the African Grey

Alex was Dr Irene Pepperberg’s research subject in an experiment to better understand nonhuman intelligence, in particular, the cognitive ability of the parrots. Pepperberg employed a training technique for Alex similar to how one who teach a child with learning difficulties. The general idea was to make Alex learn how to describe things, how to make his desires known and even how to ask questions.

Throughout the process, it was made known that he had a vocabulary of more than 100 words – the names of 50 objects and could describe their colours, shapes and the materials they were made of. He could answer questions about the properties of objects presented to him. Alex could also ask for things and would reject an item if it is not what he wanted. He could comprehend and discuss the concepts of “bigger”, “smaller”, “same” and “different”. He even knew when and how to apologise if he realised he had annoyed someone. By the end of his lifetime, Alex had the intelligence of a 5 year old child and was assumed that he had not reached his full potential!

 

Crows

Crows are famously known for its cleverness. Crows can recognise human faces, along with the ability to recognise us as individuals. Researchers have learnt that crows can indeed, hold a grudge if there is any wrongdoing done to them on our part and spread the news quickly to their flock. These crafty birds would conspire with one another to attack that one person.

In the story of “The Crow and the Pitcher”, a thirsty crow was witty to drop stones into narrow jar to raise the low level of water inside so he can take a drink. These birds understand the concept of water displacement and can fashion tools to reach for their food, making hooks out of sticks and twigs.

Watch now: Crow Cracking an Eight-piece Puzzle

 

Puck, the Budgie


Not forgetting Puck who is the most talkative bird. Do not belittle his size and of his species of being a beginner’s pet for Puck, the Budgerigar, made it to the 1995 Guinness Book of World Records as “the bird with the largest vocabulary in the world.” He knew over more than 1700 words!

What a feat!

 

So the next time someone calls you a “bird brain”, smile to yourself. It is a praise.

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