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3,500 attend special outdoor screening of “Twelve Nights”

Some 3,500 people turned up to catch a special free outdoor screening of the Taiwan documentary film “Twelve Nights” with actress Sonia Sui and over a dozen local stars.

SINGAPORE: Some 3,500 people turned up to catch a special free outdoor screening of the Taiwan documentary film “Twelve Nights” with actress Sonia Sui and over a dozen local stars at the Marina Barrage on Saturday.

“Twelve Nights” looks at how strays and abandoned dogs are treated at a government-run dog shelter in Taiwan, where unclaimed animals are put down after 12 days.

The screening was presented by MediaCorp’s TAP online video platform in support of the Twelve Nights Movement, a movement which originated in Taiwan that aims to get people to “Adopt, not Abandon”.

Sui, who co-produced the documentary, said she was very excited that the Twelve Nights Movement has spread to Singapore.

“The issue of abandoned animals is not only relevant in Taiwan but in other countries as well.

"We originally wanted to just improve the situation for animals in Taiwan animal shelters, but it was so well received that the movement has spread overseas. It is quite unexpected!” said Sui happily.

She added that the movement’s message is an important one, as many people often get pets without thinking about just how big of a responsibility it is, and wind up abandoning their pets when the novelty wears off, or when they get tired of caring for the animals.

“Pets are living creatures. Once they become a part of your life, you have a lifelong responsibility to them.

“It is very selfish to get a pet on impulse, or just for the fun of it. If you are not ready, don’t get a pet,” advised Sui.

Singapore actor Jeffrey Xu, who was among the many local artistes at the event, agreed.

“If people don’t get pets on impulse, then the problem of abandoned pets wouldn’t be too serious,” said Xu, who urged the public to adopt abandoned animals from shelters  if they can.

“A lot of people assume abandoned animals have some sort of problem, and don’t really want to adopt them. But this is not true,” he continued.

“I share a house with Zhen Huan (actor Zhang Zhen Huan) and our landlord adopted this abandoned Golden Retriever named Brownie that we absolutely adore!  He is very gentle and very beautiful.”

“Sometimes these dogs are just victims of circumstance.”

Other local artistes who attended the event include Edwin Goh, You Yi, Tracy Lee, Zhang Zhen Huan, Jack Choo, and newcomers Seraph Sun as well as Bonnie Loo.

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