RSPCA deserves Chest funds

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 March, 1996, 12:00am

I wholeheartedly agree with the letter from Brenda Hill ('Society a worthy cause', South China Morning Post, February 23) that says the RSPCA does a wonderful job ministering to Hong Kong's needy and unwanted animals, and is therefore eminently suitable to be included among the recipients of the Community Chest's generosity.

I was, therefore, deeply disappointed to read the reply from the Chest's chairman saying that the society's work is not in the social welfare field and so is not eligible to receive funds.

I would maintain that the RSPCA does provide a social service and one of very real value. Many problems people have with animals spring from their ignorance of responsible pet ownership, a misguided attitude towards de-sexing and changing their home environment. All these problems are addressed by the RSPCA, which does as much as is possible to help and educate the public towards a more compassionate attitude towards animals.

It is to be hoped that a community of people who truly know how to 'care' for those less fortunate than themselves is one to be proud of and I hope the Community Chest will re-think its policy towards the RSPCA and find itself able to lend a helping hand.

J. GREEN Lantau