Need for tougher animal rights laws

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 March, 2011, 12:00am

I am writing to share my views after reading a newspaper report about the rabbit fur trade.

As this is the Year of the Rabbit, many traders are making use of the opportunity to earn more money. Rabbit fur is used in making clothes, handbags and gloves.

I've also read about rabbits being treated cruelly on the mainland. I think rabbits are lovely pets. We should protect them, not harm or hurt them. What's more, they were not born for us to make handbags, clothes and gloves from.

Animals are like us - they can feel pain. There should be stricter animal rights laws. People need to be educated about protecting animals. They need to develop the right values and have a guilt-free conscience.

People should also cherish what they have and stop pursuing luxury items like fur coats and so forth.

Janice Lee Wing-nam, Jockey Club Ti-I College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Janice. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has claimed that rabbits are kept in cruel conditions and not slaughtered humanely. They have asked people not to buy rabbit fur.

It would be hard to find a fashion designer in Hong Kong that does not use fur. The Fur Traders Association says that Peta was mistaken in its campaign and that rabbits are not treated that way.

It's never nice to think of creatures dying, specially warm, cute, fuzzy animals. It's a hard fact of life, though, that unless we stop eating meat and fish, animals are going to die for us. I have no idea what happens to the meat of the rabbits once they are skinned, but it is hard to imagine such a ready source of protein would go to waste.

The only way we can make a difference is as consumers. By refusing to buy any unnecessary animal products, we will shrink the market and make it less worthwhile for people to trade in animals.

Susan, Editor