Video competition encourages animal protection

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2007, 12:00am

A group of budding filmmakers have made short videos of their pets to help spread the message of animal protection on World Animal Day.

The touching videos, some of which can be viewed on YouTube, were made for a competition launched by Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) to raise awareness of animal protection in Hong Kong last month.

Winners of the competition were awarded prizes last Thursday at a book-reading event where AAF's China Bear Rescue Ambassador Eleanor Mok (mother of Canto-pop singer Karen Mok) read the book Moonbear Rescue by Australia author Kim Dale.

Thirty children from Ma On Shan Ling Liang Primary School and Chinese International School also attended the event.

Jessica Jenner, six, won first prize and Roos Kooiker, 14, was the runner-up. Both girls' entries featured montages of pictures of them with their animals, proving how animals can light up children's lives.

Showing animals snuggle up to the two smiling girls, the pictures are also a powerful testament to the strong bond between humans and their furry friends.

Roos used a saying by Mahatma Gandhi, 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated', to get her message across.

Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of AAF, encouraged the students to show respect for animals.

She showed the audience samples of dyed dog and cat fur used for making accessories and trimmings, Ms Robinson urged them not to buy fur products in order to help protect animals.