Must take off the blinkers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 May, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 May, 1995, 12:00am

DO animals have a right to live in their natural habitats? How precious is their right to life? These are important moral questions, which we, as humans, must ask ourselves. We cannot ignore the sad plight of so many endangered species.

Hong Kong is a case in point. It is a prime example of environmental negligence in the first degree. However, it is not alone. Throughout the region of Southeast Asia nature is abused.

I would hope that the recent publicity regarding the threatened extinction of the world's last pink dolphins would make people sit up and take notice, but some do not. They don't take notice of the threatened dolphins, of the black rhinos, or of the pandas, who all face extinction.

Some people would argue that even if these things are happening on their very own doorstep, they are not concerned. It does not relate to their everyday lives.

This attitude is wrong. People need to be educated so they become more aware not just with the species and habitats that are threatened in Southeast Asia, but with other serious environmental problems elsewhere on the planet.

We have to take off the blinkers and look at what we are doing to the environment for the sake of so-called progress.

The Government has to put its collective hand in its pocket and finance campaigns to help people to realise that the future need not be a concrete playground.

H. LAM New Territories