ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) is a pioneering Singapore-based charity and Institution of Public Character (UEN T01SS0121K), founded by Singaporeans in 2001 with the aim of promoting animal welfare. ACRES was registered as a society on 24th May 2001 (Registration No.: 0176/2001). It was registered under the Charities Act on 11th January 2005 (Registration No.: 1849) and registered as an Institution of Public Character on 1st June 2007 (Registration no. IPC000559).
A world where animals are treated with compassion and respect.
To create a caring and socially responsible society where animals are treated as sentient beings.
To drive forward a collaborative and sustainable animal protection movement in Asia.
To foster respect and compassion for all animals.
To improve the living conditions and welfare of animals in captivity.
To educate people on lifestyle choices which do not involve the abuse of animals and which are environment-friendly.
In all projects undertaken:
- We aim for the research to result in practical changes for the animals.
- Our approach is Scientific, Creative, Practical and Positive.
ACRES is an animal protection organisation, driven by our concern for animals. We adopt research projects on the use of animals in various fields and use our findings to educate the public, empowering them with knowledge to make a positive difference for animals. We strongly believe in promoting community involvement in addressing animal protection issues and in building partnerships with all related bodies and the authorities to improve animal welfare.
Our Six Focus Areas
WILDLIFE RESCUE & REHABILITATION
In 2009, we opened the ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre (AWRC) in Singapore. We now rescue, treat and rehabilitate hundreds of wild animals every year, some from the illegal exotic pet trade and others native to our own forests that are found injured, lost or disorientated. We run our wildlife rescue services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The AWRC is a no kill shelter.
TACKLING THE WILDLIFE TRADE
Singapore is considered one of the top ten illegal wildlife trading hubs globally. This trade subjects billions of animals to pain and suffering, and threatens to wipe out countless species. At ACRES, we combat this wildlife trade through our 24-hour Wildlife Crime Hotline, undercover investigations, public awareness programmes, joint efforts with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) industry and collaborations with other NGOs and the government. Our investigations have led to the capture of many wildlife criminals. Our campaigns and engagements with the government have led to vast improvements to national wildlife protection laws.
We never forget that the key to ending animal abuse is education. Our talks, roadshows and Humane Education programmes touch a wide cross section of society, from children in kindergarten to the elderly in the heartland, reaching over 100,000 individuals each year. We travel to schools as well as malls, both downtown and in the heartland. And almost every other day, we get a busload of school children visiting our Education Centre and Outdoor Conservation Classroom at the AWRC. Our aim is to encourage empathy, compassion and respect for animals as well as other human beings, and to inspire and empower children to change their world for the better.
We currently have over 20,000 volunteers and supporters in our database. Our volunteer opportunities promote volunteerism in Singapore and create a more caring and compassionate society. We also distribute grants for local animal protection projects, organise conferences and forums and encourage people to become involved in global animal protection campaigns.
ADDRESSING ZOO ANIMAL WELFARE
We also conduct scientific investigations into the welfare of animals in zoos and marine parks throughout Asia. We use our findings to raise the standards of captive environments across the region, to ensure that at least the basic needs of the animals are met and to end cruel and exploitative circus-style animal shows. Our work with the zoo community, governments and local NGOs has led to improved welfare standards at zoos in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
PROMOTING CRUELTY-FREE LIVING
Through our Cruelty-Free Living educational materials, we raise awareness about a wide range of household products, food items and fashion accessories that are either tested on animals or cause needless suffering and death in animal labs and factory farms. Our aim is to get consumers to make more humane, considerate and compassionate choices in their daily lives.