Put off by ivory

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 August, 2001, 12:00am

I refer to the report headlined 'Evening with Bill a drain on the pocket' (South China Morning Post, August 23).

Regarding the planned event, 'An Evening with Bill Clinton', I do not think that making a contribution to a very good cause - in this case, the World Wide Fund for Nature - should be characterised as 'a drain on the pocket'.

In this case, there is nothing wrong with a payment being made to Mr Clinton and perhaps to other speakers. Given the horrid pollution in Hong Kong and the profusion of commercial and housing developments in Hong Kong - not to mention the infamous reputation China has for killing and consuming endangered species - I believe it is vitally important more people support organisations trying to protect our natural environment.

Although I support this event, I must take issue with its organisers, the Australasian Entertainment Corporation. I called the corporation for more details and found it disturbing and ironic that one of the table packages was called the 'ivory' package. Ivory should not be considered a valuable commodity, along with silver, gold and diamonds, which were the names of the other table packages available.

The organisers should have been sensitive enough to realise that an 'ivory package' is inappropriate for a dinner in aid of wildlife conservation.