Love dogs the way they love us
I am writing in response to the opinion piece 'A friend for life' (Young Post, May 27) by William Wei Ni. I love the article and strongly agree with William.
God didn't create animals for humans to kill, torture, abuse or eat. Dogs make me happy. They are truly our best friends. I cannot understand why people do evil things to them.
We should take action to save the poor animals. If everyone does something, the situation can be improved. We can donate money to animal welfare charities such as the SPCA, Hong Kong Dog Rescue and the Society for Abandoned Animals. We can donate old towels, blankets and toys. Volunteering is also a great way to help.
Remember, dogs are our best friends. They love us unconditionally. They deserve to be loved in return.
Katie Kwan, Heep Yunn School
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Katie. While you'll get no arguments about not abusing or torturing animals, you might stir up some debate on whether or not animals can be seen as food. It's far easier for people to be vegetarian in the modern world as vegetables are available all year round and from distant places. But often people who choose to be vegetarian ignore the impact the growing demand for soya has on the environment and on animal life.
Meat eaters would debate that God did indeed make the animals for humans to eat. After all, if He made the lion, He must have made the antelope for the lion to eat. Eating animals has allowed humans to adapt to conditions that would otherwise be inhospitable. In deserts and some savannah regions, the soil is not good enough to grow crop and people survive on stock animals.
Dogs are wonderful creatures and it is heartbreaking to think that people could be cruel to them. Hong Kong students love volunteering and helping out animal shelters is a rewarding thing to do. Here's hoping more people will take care of their pets.