Animal welfare is everyone's concern

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 December, 2011, 12:00am


I am disappointed that our police are to attend a workshop held by an overseas veterinary forensic expert next year to upgrade their poor performance when investigating animal abuse cases (SCMP, November 8).

Does this mean that there are more abuse cases than the previous years? Does it indicate that Hongkongers are getting more inconsiderate and cold-blooded?

There is no denying that people who hurt animals are cruel. And as the victims of these crimes cannot provide any information, it is difficult for the police to investigate cases. But this means it is even more important for the public keep a watchful eye on suspicious people and report animal abuse if they witness it. In reality, if Hongkongers were responsible enough to care for animals, this abuse should not occur in the first place. Then we would not need to waste police manpower and taxpayers' money on training people to solve crimes.

Victoria Tang

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Victoria. It's easy to think from news reports that problems in Hong Kong are getting worse. But that is not the truth in many cases. There is nothing from this report to show that animal abuse cases in Hong Kong are increasing. There has just been a series of cases that have been reported in the press.

The workshop on how to better investigate the crimes will be welcome news to pet lovers who feel these cases do not receive the attention they deserve. I would disagree that it is a waste of money and manpower to look into things which should not have occurred in the first place. That is the police's job. Hopefully the knowledge they gain at the workshop will help them bring more abusers to justice. Then the legal system might be forced to consider these crimes more effectively.

Animal abuse has no place in a civilised society. Animals feel pain just as we do, and they, like children, are unable to fend for themselves. In a wealthy city like Hong Kong, with a high education quotient, this kind of abuse should not be tolerated. We are better than that.

Susan, Editor