Updated: 01/15/2014 02:09

Singapore's own Bindi Irwin



Singapore's own Bindi Irwin

A gruesome video on the illegal fur trade. 

That's what sparked 10-year-old, Megan Tan's interest in animal welfare. 

The Primary Five pupil is now a passionate advocate and delivered the keynote address at the animal welfare conference Asia for Animals this morning.

The Newsdesk speaks to Megan to find out more about her "mission" for the humane treatment of animals. 

"I may only be 10 years old, but I've decided that I can make a difference too. I get very irritated when I see animals being treated badly."

She had her introduction on animal welfare when she was just five. 

Her mother, Jo Tan, a secondary school teacher came across a video when she was preparing materials for a lesson on the illegal fur trade. 

And Megan saw the cruelty involved. 

"They kept animals in cages and killed them for their skin to make shoes, clothes and bags. Sometimes these animals were even skinned alive. I felt really upset. So I drew this picture and stuck it outside my house. I wanted people to know that cruelty did not make them more beautiful."

Megan has been advocating animal welfare since then in her own little way. 

The most recent initiative by the Maha Bodhi School student - a series of four self-designed eco-friendly notebooks. 

They combine her two favourite things - art and animals - hoping that it would help raise funds and inspire people to treat animals well. 

One of them is inspired by a documentary she saw on Slow Lorises taken from the wild and had their teeth removed by poachers before being sold as pets. 

"I feel like it's very unfair because. It's abit like when you kill people it's murder. It's unfair that the penalty is not as heavy as when you kill a person. So i wanted to share with people what I thought."

She's donating the sales proceeds to animal welfare organisation, ACRES. 

-By Fann Sim

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