Stop and think about our daily lives

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 August, 2006, 12:00am

I recently received an e-card with the wording: 'Are you wearing my skin?'

I was curious and clicked on the link. There was a picture of a cat and a dog, and an article about fur.

I read that millions of dogs and cats are killed to make fur products. It's cruel because it's unnecessary - we can use materials such as wool or even man-made fur instead of real fur.

If we use man-made materials, many animals won't suffer cruel deaths.

Imagine if you were a cat and humans wanted to take your skin to make clothing. How would you feel?


Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School Thanks for your letter, Louis. I am pleased to hear that you are concerned about animals and the fur trade. I'm sure that a lot more people would be concerned if they were aware of the cruel facts.

It is easy to be ignorant in today's world. We can live a comfortable life in Hong Kong without questioning who makes sneakers or who sews our sweaters or wondering where the fur trim comes from on our coat.

But if you are curious and concerned, then the answers are easy to find thanks to the internet.

It is good to sometimes step out of our comfort zone and start questioning where things comes from and who makes them. Thank you, Louis, for your curiosity and your conscience.

Kate, Editor