Home News Featured News Restaurant on SPCA's watch list owner says of claw machine - "we...

Restaurant on SPCA’s watch list owner says of claw machine – “we dont play, we just display”

The Jurong outlet owner says that it now uses the machine only as a tank for displaying lobsters...




- Advertisement -

Sea Tripod Seafood Group, whose sole restaurant is its Jurong outlet, said it uses an arcade claw machine as a tank and does not allow people to play with the mechanical claw function.

It became the second restaurant under fire for using such a machine on live animals.

The seafood restaurant in Jurong initially used the machine on live lobsters when it first opened in January but was asked to stop the practice by the then Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) as it was cruel to the animals.

The Jurong outlet owner says that it now uses the machine only as a tank for displaying lobsters, The Straits Times reported.

- Advertisement -

The restaurant’s manager, known only as Mr Li said they bought the machine from China for $3,000 and added: “We don’t want to offend any people or break any laws.”

He said if they receive any complaints from government officials, they’ll definitely take more action, “but for now we don’t play, we just display.”

Currently, the machine had a plastic claw inside it, and a black signboard on top of it that read “Catch lobster, and enjoy it! (Cook with no extra charge)”, but it had tape placed over the controls.

The SPCA said its concern and worries are that it becomes a trend and is normalised, thus they are taking action quickly to stop this from becoming a norm.

While Dr Gill appreciated that the agencies were in agreement with the SPCA, he said the restaurant should better clarify its stance. “Using the claw machine for display still sends a wrong message.”

This “alertness” with claw machines came after a restaurant in Punggol, House of Seafood, used a claw machine on its crabs and earned the ire of the public and drew criticism from the SPCA.

While government agencies are making efforts to stop such inhumane practices, can it be said that the restaurants using these claw machines had profits and entertainment in mind and never worried about cruelty to animals? / TISG

- Advertisement -

Kindhearted Chinatown resident draws praise for helping pedestrians cross the road without getting wet in the rain

A kindhearted Chinatown resident who helps pedestrians cross the road by holding an umbrella over them whenever it rains has won praise online. The resident, a housewife who lives with her husband and daughters, has been spotted repeatedly escorting pedestrians who do...

“Common sense has prevailed” – Dr Chee celebrates cancellation of Bukit Batok upgrading projects

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan has welcomed the news that some proposed upgrading projects at Bukit Batok SMC have been cancelled. Bukit Batok SMC has been close to Dr Chee's heart, ever since he first contested the ward in...

Infectious diseases expert Paul Tambyah set to hold Q&A session on COVID-19 vaccines

Infectious diseases expert Prof Paul Tambyah has called on members of the public to send in their burning questions about COVID-19 vaccines for an upcoming virtual Q&A session. A Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Senior Consultant...