Updated: 05/07/2014 23:43

Advisory on "No Animal Release"

Advisory on "No Animal Release"

The National Parks Board, Nparks, would like to remind members of the public not to release animals into the parks and nature areas during the Vesak Day period. 

Director of Conservation at Nparks, Wong Tuan Wah, says some of these animals are kept as pets and are not likely to survive in the wild. 

While others may be able to adapt to the new environment, they may disrupt the ecological balance when they compete with native species for resources or introduce new viruses.

President of the Buddhist Fellowship, Yap Kheng Guan, says while some Buddhists may mark Vesak with the act of animal liberation, it is good to refrain from releasing them in nature reserves and reservoirs. 

He says the released animals may become prey to natural predators or may cause harm to the eco-system.

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