Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

Animals need care, not bureaucracy

SPCA maintains a no-kill policy. Photo: Jonathan Wong

It should come as no surprise that those paid by taxpayers to capture and take care of stray or abandoned animals are not usually those who care most about their welfare. Still, it was a bit of a shock to witness the cavalier or even callous attitude of workers from the SPCA and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013, 3:20am 5 comments

Dog breeding licences 'won't protect animals'

Animal welfare groups claim the government's plans to introduce dog breeding licences won't protect animals. Photo: SPCA

Animal welfare groups have cast doubt on government plans to introduce three types of licences to control dog breeding, claiming the move won't protect animals.

18 Feb 2013 - 8:42am 1 comment

Small crocodile found abandoned in Tai Po village

The crocodile which was found in Tai Po. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong's celebrity crocodile, Pui Pui, may get some company after another of the species was found abandoned in a Tai Po village yesterday.

The reptile is about 1.2 metres long and weighs about 5kg. It has no noticeable wounds and was active when found at 3am in an aquarium left at a refuse-collection station in Tong Sheung Tsuen, Tai Po. It is believed to be an unwanted pet.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

Paraquat not needed in Hong Kong

I refer to the report ("Deaths of dogs may see ban on paraquat", November 18). I completely support the ban of this dangerous herbicide Gramoxone.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am

Ministers contrite over pellet plague

The health and environment ministers vowed to improve procedures yesterday in the face of mounting criticism of the government's delayed response to the waves of plastic pellets washed onto Hong Kong's shores following Severe Typhoon Vicente two weeks ago.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Added protection for marine life

The government is set to create more protection areas and artificial reefs for fish. Authorities from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department believe this will enhance the diversity of marine life, along with the ban on trawling, which comes into effect at the end of the year.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

New app puts botanical guide at your fingertips

Nature lovers will be able to find and identify trees in country parks more easily with a mobile application launched by the government.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Feeding bans and neutering schemes are for the welfare of wild monkeys

I refer to the letter from Peter A. Tanner ('Patrols can curb feeding of monkeys', July 18).

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Most residents in Mui Wo are fond of buffaloes and want them to stay

I refer to your editorial ('Leave the Lantau buffaloes alone', May 21). It is sad, and frankly quite contemptible, that on an island as large as Lantau the government cannot make room for a handful of these animals. They represent the last surviving icons of Hong Kong's honourable heritage as a once-thriving agricultural society.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Private land could be included in country parks

Government advisers have given their cautious support to proposed changes to the 22-year-old rules for defining country parks that would make it clear that private land is not automatically excluded from a park.

But they warned that landowners would oppose the proposal because they would not want to forfeit their development rights.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am


Should a height limit be imposed in Happy Valley?

It is reasonable to impose a height limit in Happy Valley, but there should be co-ordination between the government and the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital.

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Dog saved but still in peril

Despite the two-hour rescue of a dog stranded on a barge, it may still be put down unless its owner comes forward. The scavenging dog had jumped into the sea off To Kwa Wan to avoid capture by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officers. It had swum 200 metres to the barge and clung to a rubber tyre hanging over the side.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am


Should controls on village houses be tightened?

It is alarming to learn that a large area of trees was illegally felled near Tai Mong Tsai in Sai Kung ('Concern over building permits after trees felled', January 7).

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Bikers endure a rocky ride

Mountain biker Tsang Siu-keung was thinking of glory and could almost taste the victorious gulp of Gatorade when his cravings were cut short in the blink of an eye last Sunday.

Taking a blind corner along a trail up the Tai Lam Country Park, the Hong Kong representative, nicknamed 'Stone', came head on with a vehicle.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Room for both bikers and hikers in country parks

An Olympic-qualified sport that encourages a healthy lifestyle, showcases Hong Kong's country parks, and appeals to both expatriate and local athletes ought to be heavily promoted. Yet, the government, despite its professed slogans of promoting health and sport, has all but ignored mountain biking.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am