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Hundreds stage funeral procession for dog killed by MTR train

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 4:52am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 1:24pm

Hundreds of people turned up to mourn a dog killed after straying onto railway tracks on Wednesday, as pressure built on the MTR Corporation to take responsibility and avoid a repeat of the case.

They gathered dressed in black at Sheung Shui MTR station, where the dog was first spotted, before proceeding like a funeral procession to Fanling, where the dog was run over by a train from Shenzhen.

Amid a heavy police presence, they carried flowers and tied ribbons to the fence in remembrance of the dog. They say MTR staff should have held the intercity train and coaxed the animal off the track.

Watch: Death of dog on MTR tracks sparks outrage in Hong Kong

"It's about the lack of respect for life," said one tearful participant, Eleanor Yuen Chan-lai. "I'm most angry about how the MTR handled the situation. This could've been avoided, but they did not value life."

The dog's death has sparked a petition signed by more than 90,000 people, and a protest outside MTR Corp headquarters.

Anger over a matter that, to some, might seem small could indicate wider social grievances, according to Chinese University sociologist Dr Chan Kin-man.

"There's a lot of compressed issues behind this. The fact is that there is monopoly in both Hong Kong's economy and politics, and people are feeling very disconnected and ignored by the big companies and the government," said Chan, a co-organiser of the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement. "The widespread outrage could be due to the common Hongkonger's feeling of being alienated."

Chan said many protesters had other grievances with the MTR Corp. The company has been under fire over a range of issues, including service delays and construction problems, which have pushed back the completion of the already controversial cross-border high-speed rail link by two years.

Secondary school pupil Lee Ka-po, who witnessed Wednesday's incident, questioned the claims that staff did their best to coax the dog off the track. "My mum and I tried to go down there, and so did other people, but were stopped by the MTR staff," said Lee, who said she told staff she had experience rescuing animals for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The MTR Corp said on Friday that it was "sorry" about the dog's death and would improve staff training and procedures.


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If the protesters value life so much, they should take to the streets everyday to protest the loss of human lives in places like Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza.
It is time to move on now. MTR should put in better procedures but it was a correct decision to not spend more time on the dog. The owner should take care of it, so go to protest with the owner instead and not the MTR. Besides, millions of animals are killed everyday for food anyway, but not a peep from the activists.
If you can spent some time on the chinese media you will find more about this. MTR staffs reps already said that they will repeat the same when similar things happen again
BTW, how can you know the activities not fighting for millions of animals everyday at the same time? I know a lot of the activists (independent volunteers) these days. Surely they spend a lot of time and money themselves to save animals comparing to large orgs (HKDR, SAA, SPCA with tens of millions budget)
It's a dog FFS.
I love Hong Kong (people who protest to protect our home) and animals but in this case I must side with the MTR. Firstly the MTR staff made a genuine effort to get the dog off the tracks but the dog evaded those trying to to help it. Next, if the MTR staff would have decided to cause a longer delay they would have heard complaints from the public in addition to having to answer to the government for another delay. Unfortunately there are limits and in this case the MTR staff tried their best within the circumstances. Of course if it were a person on the track they could not resume service until the person was removed but the person could be held responsible, financially or through other means in the courts.
Maybe the Dog was depressed and tired of life.....maybe, it wanted to die.....who are we to dictate whether an animal wants to live or die? We are not God. Maybe the Dog wanted to reunite with its creator.
It did not. It was trying to get up the platform. It makes more sense to know the matter was before one comments, particularly if you are not god, is it not?
...to know WHAT the matter was ...
Hong Kong never runs out of protecting issues.
What would Hong Kong do next ???




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