Whistleblower is an ongoing direct action project where we take the initiative to identify and report polluters, illegal environmental, cruelty and other socially unacceptable practices to the relevant authorities. I have stopped shows using live fish as part of their act. I have reported supermarkets that overcrowd their tanks and leave fish gasping for air and HDB painting contractors that wash their paint brushes into drains that eventually pollute our rivers. More recently a friend of mine was at Sungei Road and saw someone selling tiger claw nails. He called ACRES who reported to the police and the claws were confiscated for proper identification by AVA. If they are indeed tiger claws, then vendor will be persecuted.
We, on our part, have to be socially responsible, how many times have we seen leaky taps, HDB lights on during the day, all that was needed was one phone call but how many of us let it slide hoping someone else would make that call?
Here are some useful numbers, key them into your mobile now :
1) SPCA: +65 62875355;ext 9
2) ACRES: +65 9783 7782
3) NEA : +65 1800-2255632
4) PUB : +65 1800-2846600
5) Police : +65 1800-2250000
6) MPA : +65 1800-2725880
Grant : +65 96840950
A camera is a valuable piece of equipment to have as a picture paints a thousand words. When you call the authorities, make a note of the date and time and more importantly the name of the officer you spoke to. Follow up by calling back to speak to the same officer to check on progress. If there's a court case, ask for date, time and court number and try to attend.
The HDB paint contractors was fined S$5000 (his second offense), I doubt he'll be doing this again real soon.
Let's not sit back and hope someone else will do something - Let's bring the fight to them!