Due to irresponsibility or ignorance, many animals are abandoned once they have outgrown their cuteness. Some people release them for religious merit making, failing to realize that their apparent act of mercy is instead an extreme act of cruelty. It was estimated that 90% of the animals being released died within the day of release, being unable to adapt to the environment. For those that were found alive, many were found with skin diseases, suffered malnutrition or had broken limbs. The few species that manage to adapt and thrive in our environment feed on our native animals, compete with them for food or introduce diseases to them. This can lead to extinction of local animals. Some of them, such as the freshwater stingrays found in Seletar reservoir and the snapping turtle found recently in Mac Ritchie can kill and amputate fingers of human beings respectively.
I am interested to find out how much people who are residing in Singapore know about the harmful effects of releasing animals into the wild and their stand on this practice.
Reason for Attitudinal Survey
The issue regarding the release of non-native animals into reservoirs, parks and even nature reserves had been brought up repeatedly on news programs and newspapers. Yet, many invasive species are still being found in the wild, especially shortly before or after Vesak day. It is important to find out the awareness level and public opinions to enable suitable awareness campaigns to be made to curb such cruel and harmful practices.