Monkey just like any other domestic pet

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 June, 2000, 12:00am

I feel the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department was being too stringent in the enforcement of its rules when it seized a monkey from 90-year-old Chan Yat-biu.

Why should this old man be deprived of his pet now? He has had monkeys for a number of years and yet officials never interfered. Did the department act now just because someone complained? The department should take note of the adverse comments from the public in this case and give the monkey back to Mr Chan. I believe that a monkey can be considered a pet, just like a cat or a dog.

If it is trained to behave properly and does not pose a risk to people, then what is the difference between the monkey and other domestic pets? I have pets at home and I know how the old man feels. It is difficult to put into the words, the strong bond that is formed between humans and their pets.

I hope the department will take pity on the plight of this old man and give him back his monkey.