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Trams; and animal cruelty

8:30am-9:15am: trams
8:30am-9:15am: James Ockenden (in photo), Founder and Editor of Transit Jam; Producer of radio show ‘Wham Bam Tram!’
8:40am-9:15am: Cyril Aubin, Managing Director of Hong Kong Tramways
8:30am-9:00am: Prof Brian King, Associate Dean, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
9:15am-9:30am: animal cruelty
9:15am-9:30am: Kim McCoy, founder of the Hong Kong Animal Law and Protection Organization 

On Thursday's Backchat, trams; and animal cruelty.
Hong Kong’s trams ran for free on Wednesday, in celebration of their world record as “largest double-decker tram fleet in service”.
They've been around since 1904, and carry about 200,000 people a day. But do they have a future? Are trams commercially sustainable? Are they mostly for tourists? Would they work in other areas - like Kai Tak, or West Kowloon, or Shatin?
After 9.15am, we’re discussing animal cruelty, after a student was arrested after
allegedly pouring salt over snails to kill them. Is that cruel?


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