05 May '12, 8am

Fewer animals released into wild on Vesak Day

Fewer animals released into wild on Vesak Day

SINGAPORE: An increase in awareness has led to fewer people releasing animals into the wild, according to the National Parks Board (NParks). But NParks is still urging members of the public not to release animals into the wild this Vesak Day. Birds and rabbits are some of the animals commonly released into the wild on Vesak Day. It is a common practice on this day and some believe it is an act of kindness. Fifty-seven-year-old Goh Juan Hui, a volunteer with the NParks, has spotted many such cases in recent years. Mr Goh said: "Over the years, I've seen some people who are ignorant about animals, especially the pets. "I've seen rabbits being released in the Lower Peirce Reservoir area, and also... bullfrogs in the reservoir. And you notice that they are not able to survive in that sort of environment, and eventually they die. "Even if they survive, other wild animals, like ...

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