19 Sep '11, 2am

Does Halloween promote national values? Our reader says no, and hopes WRS focuses on conservation.

MR FRANCIS QUEK: 'I am glad Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) has cancelled the Halloween-themed event at the Night Safari ('Halloween Horrors event axed'; last Friday). Not only does Halloween have no relevance to wildlife conservation, but, as a mostly American festival, it has also little resonance with the wider Singapore society. Nor is it apparent how a night of mock Gothic revelry promotes the kind of national values we wish to inculcate in our people, both young and old. As with museums, the focus of WRS should be conservation, research and education. There will always be people who do not appreciate museums and zoos for what they are, no matter how well-curated or successful these are in their respective capacities. But there are equally many of us who enjoy nature and art for their own sake, unmarred by extraneous tricks or treats. I hope the axe on Halloween sig...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_714354...

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