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Brain Game – 24.06.10

June 24, 2010

the brain game

 

This week’s question:

“If you had to choose one cause to fight for, what would it be?”

 

Karen Lee Ka-ki, 14, Carmel Secondary School

Some people think that wearing fur  is a status symbol and a sign of luxury. But millions of innocent animals, including foxes, tigers, mink,  otters and snakes,  are unnecessarily and cruelly farmed and slaughtered every year because of the fashion world’s hunger for animal skins.

The fur trade also involves the brutal trapping and killing of wildlife. According to  a recent poll by Humane Society International, more than eight  million animals are trapped yearly for fur. Many of them are kept in inhumane conditions and treated cruelly in fur farms.

Therefore, I would fight to end the abuse of animals that results from the use of fur in the fashion industry.

Fashion is not an excuse to harm  animals.  There is no need to wear real animal fur as there are perfectly good artificial alternatives. Fake fur is not as warm as real fur, but most of the time fur is worn as a fashion statement, not because of its practicality. 

Some fashion designers have rejected fur as a working material for compassionate reasons, and this  offers hope.

Banning of imports, exports and sales of fur should be enforced to protect all animals, as it is an urgent global issue.

I want to do my part to protect our beautiful wildlife and fight for a more humane world.

Melody Cheung Wing-kei, 15, St Paul’s Secondary School

I would fight  to save the earth from climate change. Due to the selfishness and shortsightedness of humans,  the earth’s environment and ecology have been damaged.

People always strive for economic development. They extract resources from nature, including oil and coal.  But the natural habitats of  animals are destroyed at the same time.

Also,  many people live a luxurious lifestyle. They eat rare species, turn on air conditioners and invent  hi-tech equipment  to improve  living standards. They  ignore the damage done to  endangered species, and the emission of  greenhouse gases and  other pollutants.

There are harsh  consequences to all these actions – one of them is climate change.  Global warming  causes extreme weather conditions and the melting of polar ice. 

There have been more frequent  natural disasters in recent years, causing large numbers of casualties.  This is  significant evidence of  human activities  destroying the earth. Why don’t  we admit it?

I am not afraid to admit it is  our fault and am  eager to fight  to protect the environment and the earth.  I would start changing my habits  to reduce the damage I am doing to the earth. I would minimise my use of electrical appliances, recycle my waste and not eat endangered animals and plants. 

I would also  urge people around me and  around the world to change their “polluting” lifestyle.  I would demonstrate against the rich and criticise  those who insist on maintaining their luxurious lifestyle. I am determined to fight for our only earth.

The participants answers are published every Thursdays in Young Post.

Votes close on Monday at noon.

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