The recent news that neither the National Environment Agency (NEA) nor the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is responsible for the culling of mynah birds is quite a worrying sign in Singapore's preparedness for another possible and probable bird flu epidemic.
Crows come under the purview of the National Environment Agency (NEA) while the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) handles complaints of nuisance with pigeons.
But it gets a little complicated when it comes to mynahs.
Stall holders said the number of mynahs in their coffee shop has more than doubled in the past two years.
And when they approached the NEA and AVA, both agencies said they are not in charge of handling the birds.
Both the NEA and AVA confirmed this with Channel NewsAsia.
I am simply amazed that Ng Puay Leng did not ask the two authorities who will be in charge if the bird flu virus was found in the mynah birds patronising the coffee shops.
But if Singaporeans decided to take the culling of mynah birds into their own hands, the everythingalsocomplain.com blog has found that you are you’re legally exempted from penalty when you kill or trap the common mynah bird.
But I do caution you to take bio-hazardous approved equipment in handling the culled mynahs and not with your bare hands.