Animal cruelty

Campaign against eating dog and cat meat rolls out in Guangzhou metro

One of the posters on display in Guangzhou's metro. Photo: Weibo/Animals Asia

Guangzhou’s masses of morning commuters were today greeted with the confronting message: “What you just put into your mouth could have been a loyal guardian who defended a family home”. The posters are part of a campaign by NGO Animals Asia to put a stop to the practise of eating dog and cat meat in China.

Friday, 8 November, 2013, 3:41pm 2 comments

Striped Shanghai puppies painted with chemicals to dupe shoppers

Tiny black pup Tiger at just five weeks old, painted with bleach to make him look cute. Photo: Handout

This is Tiger. He is not some weird rare breed of pole cat; he is a tiny black puppy, dyed with chemicals by Shanghai traders to make him look like a rare breed. 

22 Oct 2013 - 10:54am 6 comments

China animal activists rescue hundreds of dogs before dog meat festival

A dog waits to be sold for meat in a market in Yulin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Photo: AP

Chinese animal activists flocked to Yulin, Guangxi province, to save the lives of hundreds of dogs before the local dog meat festival began on Friday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Groups unite to fight abuse of animals by setting up a network of protection

Civic Party lawmakers Kwok Ka-ki and Claudia Mo Man-ching (left, right) join commissioners David Wong Kai-yan and Mark Mak Chi-ho. Photo: May Tse

About 20 volunteers from the Alliance for Hong Kong Animal Police - formed by Animal Earth, the Animal-Friendly Alliance and the Non-Profit Making Veterinary Service among others - will pursue abuse cases spotted by the public or by fellow volunteers across the city.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am

Letters to the Editor, June 16, 2013

Stanley's eclectic charm is threatened. Photo: Dickson Lee

Liu Simin, a researcher with the Tourism Research Centre at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying "Many Chinese tourists are just going abroad, and are often inexperienced and unfamiliar with overseas rules and norms". I disagree with such a statement. You do not have to be familiar with another culture in the civilised world to behave correctly.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am 2 comments

Animal cruelty that shames Hong Kong

A cow cries as seven dead and one injured cows have been discovered on Tong Fuk Beach on Lantau Island. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong's growing awareness of animal rights protection has been marred by two distressing incidents. Early this month, eight cattle were killed in what is believed to be a hit-and-run traffic accident on Lantau. One of the animals was only two weeks old and was so badly injured that it had to be put down.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:47pm 5 comments

What's being said on

Photos of Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), and U.S. President Barack Obama are printed on the front pages of local English and Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

On US whistle-blower Edward Snowden coming to Hong Kong:

David Lloyd Smith - I think it is really tragic that an American has to move to a place that has a reputation for less freedom. Still, Hong Kong has a reputation for freedom in spite of the People's Republic of China. It has a strong tradition of free speech.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am 1 comment

Ocean Park urged to disclose dolphin deaths after 'attempted suicide' video

Dolphins at the Ocean Park Mammal Breeding & Research Centre. Photo: Sam Tsang

Ocean Park moved earlier this week to dispel rumours that one of its dolphins had “attempted suicide” at the park's Marine Mammal Breeding and Research Centre, insisting that it was just normal behaviour.

30 May 2013 - 1:47pm 5 comments

Video of bicycle-riding bear mauling monkey in Shanghai animal park sparks anger

A video of a bear attacking a monkey after the two fell off their bicycles at a Chinese zoo has sparked outrage among animal rights activists, but an official on Friday defended the show.

A minute-and-a-half long video surfaced this week showing the bear biting and clawing the monkey after a mock race at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

10 May 2013 - 5:27pm 1 comment

Man held after dog dies in small cage

Man held after dog dies in small cage

A 39-year-old man has been arrested for animal cruelty after his pet poodle was found dead in a cage on a Sham Shui Po rooftop yesterday.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:49am

Letters to the Editor, March 26, 2013

Western New Territories has rail links. Photo: David Wong

The government appears to have a blind spot. It should look at the map of Hong Kong and see that 90 per cent of our land resources of nearly 110,000 hectares are in the New Territories, most of which remain undeveloped. Therefore, there is no need to deplete our precious sea resources and damage our beautiful coastline by reclamation.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:29am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 22, 2013

Xi Jinping has backed equal opportunities. Photo: AFP

Being a long-time resident of Hong Kong, I read with a great deal of interest what China's new president, Xi Jinping, was reported in the media to have said about a Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 2 comments

Civility v patriotism in Hong Kong courts

Social activist Koo Sze-yiu outside court. Photo: Thomas Chan

I learned something new about Hong Kong this month: in this great city, in our law-abiding society, if you really must burn something, better that it be your neighbour's dog than the national flag.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am 2 comments

Two animals poisoned to death at Fujian zoo

The 'grass mud horse' is recognised as Chinese netizens' de facto mascot for freedom of speech. Photo: Reuters

Two animals were killed over the Spring Festival at Donghu Zoo in Fujian province after tourists allegedly fed them toxic oleander leaves.

27 Feb 2013 - 6:33pm

Online users shocked at cruel plight of abandoned dogs

Tibetan mastiff. Photo: Xinhua

The video depicted the terrible plight of the dogs after their owner left them. It was broadcast on a news programme by Chinese Central Television on Monday.

27 Feb 2013 - 2:40pm 1 comment