In Singapore’s context, there are relevant authorities
whose tasks are to oversee the welfare of all animals,
in particular the wild ones. Arrangement as such is in-line with the
Islamic principles which encourage preserving natural
habitat and safeguarding the safety of all creations of God.
Unauthorized feeding of wild animals, i.e. stray cats,
birds, etc. may interfere and cause disruption to the
life of wild animals. Therefore, feeding them should be carried out and managed
by the relevant authorities only, as they are in a better position to
ascertain the most appropriate way of intervention and the long-term effect of
any of such interventions.
As Muslims, refraining ourselves from feeding the animals
is not akin to purposely starving them. In
fact, we are responsibly contributing to the larger benefit of these animals,
as we are not changing their natural behaviour/ecosystem, that is to be able to
source out for their own food, rather than depending on humans – which may
eventually disrupt the natural course of life for the animals
and even cause nuisance to public.