Why make this frail, old man miserable?

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 June, 2000, 12:00am

I refer to the articles about a pet monkey which was seized from its 90-year-old owner Chan Yat-biu.

I find it hard to believe that in this new millennium in one of the most modern cities in the world, we cannot allow a frail old man and his pet monkey to live out their lives in extremely modest comfort. I am curious as to how the pair upset the member of the public who lodged the complaint. It was wrong to separate this pet from its owner and leave them both distraught. I know Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officials were just doing their job, but surely they could have shown some compassion. The department is Goliath and Mr Chan is a very weak David.

ANA LEE Chung Hom Kok Is it just me, or do other readers feel that the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has been rather heartless by taking away Chan Yat-biu's monkey? As for the 'member of the public' who complained, why didn't you learn the real facts before you took action? Was the monkey being abused? Did you see marks on it? Was it living in squalid conditions? On the streets of Hong Kong you can so easily see children, elderly people and domestic helpers being abused, why did you complain about something so trivial and in the process make an old man miserable? JoANNE LAW Mid-Le



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