This Vesak Day is a peak period for the practice of 'Animal Liberation' or 'fansheng'. RazorTV did a splendid series of video clips to explain the issues surrounding the practice.
A practitioner explains the reasons for the practice and NParks explains the impact of the practice. While the intent may be good, the consequences of releasing animals into the wild are not always positive.
In Singapore are birds sold for release?
Following an NParks volunteer on Operation Release, and what do ordinary people think about 'Animal Liberation'
Thanks to Debby Ng for the alert on these video clips.
Channel NewsAsia reports that this year, some temples have refrained from releasing animals and "have come up with activities that aim to take the place of this practice".
Related link: Help stop cruel 'Animal Liberation'