Pet owners should act responsibly towards their furry friends

Our readers have their say on pet owners, literature festivals and Bangladesh's factory fires

Liwa, a young Labrador believed to have been abandoned deep in the Abu Dhabi desert, pictured shortly after he was found by three families who were dune bashing over the National Day holiday. Courtesy: Birkit

I write to you in reference to Gillian Duncan's piece Meet Liwa the Labrador: the dog 'dumped' in the desert enjoying a new lease of life (December 15).

This poor creature. So many defenceless pets are dumped by the side of the road every year.

This type of reckless behaviour should be prosecuted. We need to raise awareness about animal welfare. People should simply not get a dog, or any pet for that matter, if they cannot be responsible owners.

Maria Coronado, Dubai

Vulnerable populations deserve to have access to literature too

I write to you in reference to Tania Bhattacharya's piece Serendipity Arts Festival founder: 'What India offers in terms of art and culture is phenomenal' (December 10).

Literature plays a vital role in society and in our everyday lives. In the past decade we have seen an increasing interest in children’s literature in India but unfortunately most schools and libraries do not value culture enough.

This is the case not only in India but in most schools across the region.

Poor access to culture has a significant impact on those of us who are most vulnerable.

As organisers of the Kathavana literature festival in Kannada, we have been asking: how can young children be introduced in interesting and meaningful ways to literature? It is important that children are able to relate to the written word in order to be able to fully participate and respond

Ramchender Giri, Bengaluru

Those responsible for Bangladesh fire must be held accountable

I write to you in reference to your news item Bangladesh factory fire kills at least 10  (December 16)

This piece on the recent fires in a factory in the Bangladeshi capital was a heartbreaking read.

Factory fire accidents have become increasingly common in Asian countries in recent months.

This is the second one I have heard of in Bangladesh recently. The reason for the fire is unknown, which is why I believe authorities should investigate it further and hold those responsible to account.

If it turns out that the factory did not implement the required safety measures, their licence to operate should be revoked.

The lives of innocent employees must be saved at all costs.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru