don't release animals into our wild places
you will do more harm than good
From a pamphlet on animal release produced by the Nature
Releasing Animals: Good or Bad?
In Singapore, many people release animals. Here are some facts about
Many pet shop animals cannot survive in the wild. They no longer have
the ability and instinct to find food and shelter, or to run away
Many animals can only survive in special habitats, such as the rainforest,
desert or mangrove swamp. Releasing an animal into the wrong habitata
will cause it to suffer and then die.
If we release a foreign animal, it may not survive in our country
and climate. For example, a land tortoise from India can only survive
well in a seasonal climate.
If we release an anmal from a foreign country, it may compete with
our local wild animals for food, shelter, nesting areas and living
space. These foreign animals may also eat the babies of local animals.
Can we tell if an animal is sick or healthy? If a sick animal is released,
it may infect wild animals which have no immunity against certain
Infect animals may transmit diseases to humans.
When everyone releases animals, the combined quantity will upset the
natural balance. The areas of release will not be able to cope with
the sudden increase of animals.
We can stop these cruel situations
Do not buy birds and other wild animals for releasing. Do not patronise
Do not be directly responsible for the capture of wild animals to
Please do not release these animals:
Red-eared terrapin and Chinese soft shell turtle. These turtles can
grow large and are more aggressive. They will cause the decrease of
Singapore's own rare turtles.
Birds bought from bird shops. Most of the birds that are bought from
bird shops get sick when they are captured and imprisoned in a crowded,
Aquarium fish. Most of these fishes are forced to share crowded tanks
in the fish shop. Diseases spread easily in such poor conditions.
American bullfog. This aggressive, large frog eats up our smaller
Pet animals. It is extremely unkind to abandon your pet.
In Singapore, it is against the law to release any animal into our
public parks, reservoirs, nature reserves and many other places.
It is also against the law to catch wild animals. When we buy a wild
animal from a shop, we are therefore involved in a crime.
Do your part to truly show compassion for animals
Rescue and care for animals when needed. It can be a baby bird which
has dropped out of its nest or a turtle found in the middle of a road;
an injured animal or fishes trapped in a drying pond.
Encourage others not to buy wild animals to keep as pets, for consuption
or to release.
Encourage pet owners to love and give proper care to their pet animals,
and not to abandon them.
Volunteer your help to organisations that care for animals.
Make others aware about the importance of conserving nature and protecting
Join an animal welfare group to help protect and improve conditions
for all animals.
Join a green group to protect our nature areas. These are homes to
Life is cheap: Demand=Supply
When we buy animals to release, we are encouraging the shop-owner
to catch even more animals from the wild to sell.
For example, thousands of grass birds are captured from the wild for
people to buy for release. Bird and pet shops sell these 'cheap' birds
at a price of $1.50 or $2.
Many of these birds die when they are caught, and during the journey
to the shops.
Since these are 'cheap' birds, they are treated like dirt. Crowded
into dirty cages and standing in their own excrement, they are not
given any proper care, food and fresh water.
How can we help to protect and conserve endangered
Do not buy and keep endangered species as pets or to eat.
Do not buy any products made from endangered speices. For example,
jewellery made from sea turtle shell, elephant ivory and fur of wilds
Do not buy 'medicines' made from endangered species. For example,
tiger penis, dried seahorses, bear gall, rhinoceros horn, sea turtle
meat, etc. Use herbal remedies instead.
You CAN make a difference!
Join volunteers who support NParks in outreach efforts to educate
others about this issue.
articles on the issue
links about the impact of invasive species