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Lantau cattle killings

Eight ferral cattle were killed in what was believed to be a hit-and-run traffic accident on Lantau on June 5, 2013. A female driver was arrested soon afterwards. The deaths of the cattle sparked a bitter debate in Hong Kong over the protection of wild cows and road safety in rural areas where they roam. 

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More than one car may have hit feral cattle in Lantau accident

Police agree with activists that heavy vehicle could have been involved in Lantau accident because of injuries and number of cattle killed

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 June, 2013, 6:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:59pm

More than one vehicle could have been involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed eight cattle on Lantau early on Wednesday, police said yesterday.

A spokesman said investigators had not ruled out the possibility that other vehicles - or a different vehicle from the one owned by a woman arrested over the deaths - were involved in the accident.

This came as social network sites buzzed with speculation about the blame for the deaths and one woman described how she had been accosted and falsely accused in front of her four-year-old son.

Police chiefs meanwhile have promised to train officers to deal better with incidents involving Lantau's feral cattle after complaints about the initial reaction by the force.

The eight animals were left dead or dying by the roadside in Tong Fuk Village for several hours.

An expatriate woman resident of Tong Fuk was arrested later in the day after her Mitsubishi SUV was discovered in a nearby car park, dented and stained with blood and animal hair.

The 49-year-old, arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals, was later bailed to report back to police next week.

But views expressed by a veterinarian at the scene and an animal protection group raised the question that a vehicle heavier than the woman's SUV must have been involved, pointing out the severity of the injuries and the number of cattle killed.

Members of the Lantau Buffalo Association met police yesterday to discuss their worries over how the case was being investigated, their suspicions about other vehicles and worries over speeding traffic on Lantau, which they say has killed 17 cattle this year.

After the meeting, chairwoman Ho Loy said she felt positive about how the police were treating the investigation.

"We have changed our views on how the case is being handled and I am satisfied the police are treating it seriously," Ho said.

She said police had agreed that the association's suspicion of another vehicle being involved was reasonable.

They also agreed to look at proposals to control the traffic and to include in their regular training programme workshops on how to deal with cases involving cattle.

Amid online speculation and comment, a woman made a long post on the association's Facebook page describing how she was wrongly accused by an irate mother.

"I denied it but she wasn't convinced and called me a coward," wrote the Tong Fuk resident, who drives a car similar to that of the arrested woman.

"My son … is now asking 'did you kill the cows, Mummy'?" she added.



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the culprits in this serious accident should be hunted down and duly charged with careless driving and causing the death of eight ferel cows sleeping on the road at Tong Fok, south Lantau---ill-treating animals plus not reporting to the police after the serious traffic accident.Maybe the culprits are cow-haters who would like to get rid of the stray cows for their nuisance (blocking the roads at the scene) or just for fun/excitement--------killing strong and big animals like taking part in a safari in East Africa ! Such nasty and cold-blooded guys should never be excused ! Hoping that our capable cops can solve the case as soon as possible since our civilized society can never tolerate such atrocities !
One dented bumper, and low down on the jeep at that, did not kill 8 cattle, although the jeep has clearly been into contact with something and if the driver did hit one of the animals she should be prosecuted for careless driving and failing to report the accident. Those who complain that the cattle are a nuisance to drivers who want to speed would do well to remember that not so many years ago the speed limit along parts of the South Lantau road used to 30 kph.
In Sai Kung cattle are sometimes injured or killed, usually by speeding goods vehicles or PLBs who always leave the scene, despite the Road Traffic Ordinance requiring the driver to stop and report the accident to police. Those who live and drive in the area only need to keep to the speed limit and keep a careful lookout to avoid accidents.
Whilst the number of animals should not be allowed to get out of hand, the accidents are not the fault of the cattle, they are caused by bad drivers.
Can we let a few suvs loose on the monkey mountain? They're breeding out of control and it stinks. Friend of mine had his 3 and 5 year old kids threatened for their backpacks. A few road kill stories from Shing Muen reservoir would make the air better...
Very interesting. Hong Kong police can suddenly make a scientific examination into a hit-and-run case. Last time an idiot hit my car, leaving it with severe damages, they (The Police) told me that there is nothing they can do, because the other driver was driving away.
I can't believe that lady did all that damage. The road is straight, everyone who lives in Tong **** and beyond knows the cows sleep there, and there are no skid marks on the road, suggesting that there was no hard breaking. If that's the case, this woman would have had to be going less than 40km an hour and not come to a grinding halt after hitting one or two - she would have had to deliberately drive through hitting the rest, it's ludicrous to conceive - or, if she had been going at speed then she would have flipped or crashed her car. You can't hit a large animal at speed and come out of it with a little dent in your bumper, when you drive an unstable, tin-can SUV.
It's incredibly sad and the rest of our herd in Tong **** have disappeared since the accident and I have no idea where they are. I agree somewhat with bmr, in that the herds have grown a lot in the past 5 years and I don't see a problem in managing them - why not sterilize the cows after they have had a reasonable of calves? There has to be a compromise - I'd never want them to disappear, I love having the cattle and buffs wandering around, but the reality is that both the herds and the number of drivers has risen.
Ahhhh common sense prevails. . . Of course Sarahs crappy lil SUV didnt take out an entire herd of cattle ! . . . It's a good job yesterdays lynch mob on here ( chanaa , mta00jtl, healthily cynical and captam among them ) were not judge and jury, because in their eyes Sarah was a cold hearted killer and would already be swinging from the gallows. ..
Your point is valid dark. Anger was running high yesterday particularly having seen first hand the poor animals on the road side in the morning on that day. I still think whoever is mostly or partly responsible, as this lady may or may not be, needs to be held to account. This is more so that we, as residents of South Lantau, can do something to stop the appalling driving of some on these roads. It's just dangerous and even last night there was a car, with two small children, being driven at excessive speeds (guessing 90kmh+) around the blind corners where cows regularly are.
The police came and talked to us as residents and seem to be taking it seriously so whoever they identify I hope is punished as a deterrent to others who just don't respect the roads and those of us, human and animal, that walk around them. It's South Lantau! What's the rush???
As a long-term foreign resident of Lantau I would just like to say that enough is enough. Surely we are not all uneducated enough to understand the meaning of feral. These animals are not natural to the environment of Lantau Island and if left to breed and roam unchecked will continue to damage the natural ecosystem. Many of us, local Chinese and foreigners simply don't want such large numbers. Is that cruel? Is that too tough? No! We simply need a cull on feral cattle and simple minded 'environmentalists' who are nothing of the sort. The environmentalists on Lantau are more concerned with appearances than actual substance of ecological protection.
bmr - I'm guessing that the feral herds on south lantau have lived there longer than you . If you don't like them or can't live with them , find somewhere else to live . I don't think you will find much natural ecosystem on Robinson Road but I don't think the cows will be bothering you much.
Such a foolish reply. Cliched and too predictable. I'm actually from the countryside and I also took options in environmental sciences when studying for my first degree. I love the natural environment and simply do not believe in engineering it to look good. Your lame attempt to turn this into an urban vs rural argument is misguided. I've seen some of your comments on this issue and wish you would stick to reading Noddy!




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