PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am

What should be done to help dumped animals?

People should be dissuaded from buying expensive pure-bred dogs from pet shops, but, instead, encouraged to adopt an abandoned animal from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This is one of the most effective ways to curb the problem of dumped animals.

Because space for abandoned animals is limited, many animals have to be put down.

I think it is wrong to end the life of an animal, rather than look after it, merely because of insufficient facilities. Hongkongers should try harder to help these poor animals. More of us should support the charities that look after abandoned animals.

Micky Ho Pui-shan, Yuen Long

On Thursday, I watched the Ellen Degeneres Show. The comedian loves animals and has rescued a lot of them. She cried over a dog she had adopted, but then gave to a friend. As a consequence, the animal adoption agency took back the dog over a contractual dispute.

Degeneres blamed herself for her inability to take care of the dog. It was very touching to see how much she cared for this animal.

I think Hongkongers should learn from people such as Degeneres how important it is to care for animals. We should respect animals and realise that when you buy a pet, you are buying a companion, not a toy.

Jamie Chi, Sau Mau Ping

Should Graham Street owners take over the redevelopment project?

It does not matter who buys or develops the area.

The starting point must be that the streets are permanently designated as open-air street markets, with ample storage and service facilities for the market to operate properly.

Any developer and all owners must recognise that the market was there before they arrived. It is more urgent than ever that the government accepts fresh applications for hawker licences for permitted places in Graham and Peel streets. The market must not be allowed to die. Young people must be allowed to operate there and revitalise the market.

The government must stand up to the pressure from developers, speculators and the Urban Renewal Authority, who wish to see the market gone for their financial benefit.

Paul Zimmerman, convenor, Designing Hong Kong Harbour District

Should we be allowed to copy CDs for our own use?

I think there should an exemption, so that copying CDs for our own use is not against the law.

There have been rapid technological developments over the past decade. On a CD you only get, on average, about 10 songs. This is not really satisfactory, especially when you consider that you can get more than 100 songs on an MP3 player with a 512MB storage capacity and it only costs about HK$300.

With the MP3 player you can collect your favourite music and you can alter your song list.

In the near future, CDs will be out of date as technology makes further advances and the demand for MP3 players increases dramatically.

Therefore, the government should review its copyright laws accordingly so people can enjoy the music they want to listen to without fear of prosecution.

The legal rights of record producers and composers can still be protected, as long as the guidelines are set out clearly that song copies can be made 'provided they are solely made for private and domestic use' ('Copyright review good news for music fans', October 15).

Mack Ting-kai, Tai Kok Tsui

Should all products declare their trans-fat content?

I found the article 'Popular snack laden with disease-causing trans-fats' (October 16) very interesting.

I would have been more interested to know more about the trans-fat content in dishes served by Hong Kong's fast-food restaurants.

It goes without saying that cream-filled cakes are not good for you, although they taste great. But I would like to know about the trans-fat content of Cafe de Coral, Maxim's MX and Fairwood.

I eat at these establishments on a regular basis, as do many of my friends, however, there is little or no nutritional information available.

At least McDonald's and 7-Eleven provide information, so the fast food chains I have mentioned should be transparent. I would also be interested to know what the trans-fat content of a Starbucks frappuccino is. Again it tastes great, but there is no information on the local product.

It is good to see improvements, but the local food industry should be telling us more.

Billy Tung, Clear Water Bay

On other matters...

Congratulations to the minority MTR shareholders who voted in favour of merging with the KCR Corporation. But did they know what they were getting with West Rail?

West Rail has lots of unused capacity on its trains at most times. However, this is hampered by the Light Rail trains, which take passengers to West Rail. These trains are oversubscribed. Sure, 22 more train cars have been ordered for the end of 2009, but those could be used now. I am also concerned about buildings that are not being maintained to adequate standards.

At 10.30 one night, I waited on a Light Rail train packed so full of people that nobody else could board. I say 'waited', because the train did not pull out until there were enough frustrated passengers assembled on the platform. When a train is full it should depart. Perhaps the MTRC could teach the KCRC this lesson.

But it is not just the capacity of the Light Rail trains, it is the litany of problems that arise with almost every trip. There are numerous platforms with only one bench for people to sit on.

Of course, when it rains what is it that gets wet first? Let us not forget that regularly trains are put out of service, even during the rush hour. I am glad that I'm not an MTRC shareholder. They may be getting less than they deserve just as the passengers often seem to get less than is desirable, too.

At the Tin Shui Wai West Rail station, when it rains, the water comes onto the station platform, inside the station. Four years on, one would think that this might have been fixed. Thanks for the fare cut, minority shareholders. Now let us hope that some legitimate service can develop.

Gordon Truscott, Yuen Long