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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 March, 2006, 12:00am

Q Would you visit Disney again free of charge within 3 months?

After a wonderful experience of this organisation recently, I would like to balance the negative comments by saying that a number of our Cheshire Home handicapped residents in Chung Hom Kok and their volunteer caregivers were given a welcome and a degree of kind attention that could hardly be expected, and certainly not surpassed, anywhere.

From the time of our arrival, we were met and warmly welcomed by two Angelas - their names will be easily remembered because they were like angels to all of us - Angela Ng, their manager of community relations, and Angela To, their ambassador.

The entire staff who served us mirrored the Angelas' kind attention to all our needs, even to the point of informing us that they had a specially designed boat to accommodate all those in wheelchairs for the trip through the river jungle so they need not be disappointed.

The complimentary evening meal and front-row positions for the fireworks were like icing on the cake. We all say, 'Thanks to all of you at Disneyland!'

Father Elmer P. Wurth, St Anne's, Stanley

I will definitely not visit Disney again in three months. I will probably lose enthusiasm if I go there too often. Moreover, as I still remember the ticket fiasco, my impression has simply gotten worse. I don't know if I will encounter the same scenario as during the Lunar New Year. I was shocked when I first heard that news; it was a shame for Hong Kong tourism.

Some mainlanders and their behaviour disturb me. I think I can hardly tolerate such obnoxious behaviour and adapt to their 'unique' lifestyles.

Hilary Wong, Shau Kei Wan

Never again Disney Hong Kong!

The worst theme park I have ever been to: no crowd control, no place to sit and rest with small children, and all you can eat is from poor food and beverage facilities.

It's all about selling, selling, selling, not serving the visitors with a memorable experience.

Jurgen Meyer, Happy Valley

Q How can animal welfare be improved?

I was extremely sad and disheartened to read about Pan Pan having his legs chopped off by some immoral and vicious being. It was the vet's view that Pan Pan's legs were crudely chopped off when he was a pup. He was then discarded in a garbage dump at about 18 months of age.

It is evident, however, that Pan Pan had at least been fed during the time his legs were chopped off and when he was found in the garbage, otherwise he couldn't have fended for himself.

I find it very hard to believe that there isn't someone other than the perpetrator of this evil and inhuman act who knew of Pan Pan's existence and perhaps the full story as to how he lost his legs. Perhaps the perpetrator's neighbours, friends, or, indeed, his or her family, know something. If there are any such people, I beg them to come forward to explain what they know so police can further their investigations.

I do so on the basis that there is clearly a cold-blooded evil maniac, devoid of any compassion and empathy, among us who in all probability will repeat a similar criminal act on another defenceless animals, if not a person. The police must take all measures to find and stop such dangerous people from committing further acts of torture.

Phillip Davies, Tai Wai

Your March 17 report 'Dumped dog had legs chopped off' made me weep. What had the puppy done to deserve such tragedy? That was a cold-blooded case of animal abuse.

The current light penalties for animal abuse encourage culprits to continue their abuse. We must toughen the penalties.

Animal welfare groups should co-ordinate with schools to arrange educational programmes to teach youngsters to:

Think thoroughly before adopting or buying a pet;

Be a responsible pet owner. This is a life commitment;

Learn to respect life, even a small animal (they are not toys).

The reward you will get from your pets is unconditional love.

Animal welfare groups should get more financial support from the government. What they are doing is helping our society.

Alice Ip

On other matters...

After several months, I recently returned to the Lady Clementis Trail in Aberdeen Country Park for a hike and was shocked by what I saw. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has seen fit to remove 'obstacles' and 'impediments' to walkers on a large stretch of the trail.

This means that every rock, bump or outcrop has either been removed or pulverised to create something akin to a dirt-covered Mid-Levels escalator.

I have been walking this trail for years and have never had any problems navigating its bumps and rocks. In whose name does the AFCD carry out these projects and for what purpose?

This is nothing short of eco-vandalism and those responsible should be called to account. It is time the government stopped the 'Disneyfication' of our country parks.

David Stevens, Tai Po