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PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 2005, 12:00am

Cosmetics industry needs regulating

I recently read that some skincare products in China were reported to contain collagen taken from the skin of executed prisoners (SCMP, September 15).

Many people like to use products containing collagen to make their skin look younger.

If they found out that the products were made from human body parts, they would feel disgusted.

The skincare companies should not put making money above human dignity.

They may be the bodies of criminals, but they still deserve to be treated with basic human decency.

Fortunately, the vast majority of the skincare products in Hong Kong are imported from overseas, not the mainland.

But all governments should provide strict regulations on cosmetics to protect their citizens.

Lily Chan Nga-lee Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Save energy to reduce global warming

Global warming is a serious issue. Extreme weather conditions are threatening people's lives, and typhoons and flooding are on the rise.

Sometimes, I wonder if it is a warning from God, or mother nature revenging on us for damaging the Earth.

Both developed and developing countries emit greenhouse gases by burning fossil fuels.

We must all try to help by saving energy. For example, we should turn off electrical appliances when they are not in use, adjust air-conditioners to 25.5 degrees Celsius and use public transport, such as the MTR.

Governments should focus more on protecting natural resources, like forests.

Remember, saving the Earth means saving ourselves and our children.

Irene Lam

Our Lady of the Rosary College

Put off by festival rubbish in parks

I would like to respond to the article 'Festival rubbish at record low' (SCMP, September 20).

I have never celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival in parks or on beaches. I have dinner with my parents in a Chinese restaurant near my home and go for a walk in the area.

I don't understand how people can enjoy themselves in parks with so much rubbish and noise, and all the crowds.

Most people seem to think that the rubbish will be collected by 'someone' later, so they leave it behind.

The amount of rubbish collected by local authorities after Mid-Autumn Festival this year was an improvement on last year, but general littering has increased.

There are many advertisements saying 'Let's keep Hong Kong clean', but not many people carry out their duty.

I hope that, at next year's festivals, people continue to pick up their own litter.

Maybe, one day, there won't be any rubbish to put me off going to public parks.

Nicola Lee Yuen-yung

St Paul's Secondary School

Don't mock others

Have you ever heard a song called Don't laugh at me? It's a sad song by the veteran band, Peter, Paul and Mary.

I recently heard the song in school assembly. My principal highly recommend it.

I enjoy listening to the song as the melody is gentle and the band members are such good singers.

But it's the lyrics of the song that I like most. The words are about being fair and showing love to everyone around you.

'I'm fat, I'm thin, I'm short, I'm tall, I'm deaf, I'm blind, hey, aren't we all' - we are all the same in God's eyes.

I hope more people listen to this song and understand what it is trying to say.

Gilbert Fu Kwong-chuen

Homantin Government Secondary School

Protecting copyright

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has set up new measures to try to suppress illegal music file sharing.

Cautions will now be sent to people who download illegal music.

Breach of copyright is a serious problem nowadays and person-to-person file sharing is blooming.

It is easy to download software from the internet, and anyone with the right software can access songs without paying for them.

I think sending warnings is not an effective way of tackling the problem, because it is difficult for network service providers to expose personal information about their customers to the IFPI.

In addition, there are a large number of people throughout the world who download music illegally. Can the IFPI catch them all? It's time for the government to take stricter measures.

People convicted of piracy should pay penalties and go to jail for a short period of time so that they can think what they have done wrong.

In addition, educating secondary school students about copyright laws will help.

Fung Yee-hang

Our Lady of the Rosary College