Animal protection

Climate change threat looms for many species

Conservationists fear that rare species such as the giant tortoise are at severe risk from climate change. Photo: AFP

Many species of birds, amphibians and corals not now under threat will be at risk from climate change and have been wrongly omitted from conservation planning, according to an international study.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 3:47am

Bear bile firm's IPO pullout a boost for animal welfare

A bear looks out from a cage at the bear farm of Guizhentang pharmaceutical company. Photo: AP

A nugget of good news for animal welfare groups has emerged from the gloom in Chinese equity markets in recent months.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:12am

Dolphins' demise inevitable

A young pink dolphin and its mother play off Lantau, site of massive public works projects. Photo: AFP

Stu Pryke's letter ("Neglect of workable survival plan has condemned dolphins", May 11) and the articles ("Iconic pink dolphins are disappearing fast", May 5) and ("Hong Kong 'must save its pink dolphins'", May 12) on the fast disappearing dolphins make very sad reading.

23 May 2013 - 4:19am 1 comment

Malaysia offers reward in suspected poisoning of 14 pygmy elephants

A pygmy elephant calf nuzzles its dead mother. Photo: Reuters

"There is a reward of 50,000 ringgit [HK$125,000] for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the alleged culprits if the chemist report confirms that death was due to intentional poisoning," he said.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:58am

South African court convicts fisherman for killing great white shark

Leon Bekker with his illegal catch. Photo: SCMP

The landmark decision was lauded by conservationists, who said they hoped the move would help dissuade others from hunting the protected species.

6 Feb 2013 - 6:01am

Endangered green turtle caught in Tai Po returned to sea

The female turtle was released into Sai Kung waters. Photo: ISD

An endangered green turtle was returned to sea yesterday after being netted accidentally by a fisherman last month.

The adult female, in its 30s, was caught in Tai Po waters on December 14. The fisherman called the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, which collected it within the day.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32am 1 comment

Changsha crash sees cats escape cooking pot

Volunteers try to save cats locked in cases without food and water, after a traffic accident on a street of Changsha. Photo: Reuters

Around 600 cats stuffed into wooden crates and destined for dinner plates in southern China were rescued by animal protection volunteers after a truck crash, a volunteer said on Thursday.

17 Jan 2013 - 8:33pm

Vietnam spares Hong Kong-funded bear rescue centre from eviction

A bear rescue centre for animals saved from the Asian bile trade, which has been at the centre of a high-profile land dispute, has been spared eviction. Photo: AFP

A sanctuary for bears rescued from the Asian bile trade, which has been at the centre of a high-profile land dispute, has been spared eviction by Vietnam's government.

The US$2 million facility run by Animals Asia Foundation, the Hong Kong-based animal welfare group, was told last July that it could face eviction from the Tam Dao National Park.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Educate public about lethal nature of ivory trade

Customs officicers speak during a press conference regarding seized ivory tusks. Photo: EPA

How many slaughtered African elephants does 1.3 tonnes of ivory tusks represent? It is hard to tell when they are cut into 779 pieces and hidden amid other container cargo. This is the latest ruse employed by smugglers to try to fool Hong Kong customs inspectors on the lookout for an illegal and lethal trade. More than 100 would seem a conservative estimate.

13 Jan 2013 - 5:08am 1 comment

Killer whales stuck in Hudson Bay ice go free

Bystanders watch as a killer whale appears in the area’s last breathing hole. The pod of 11 have swum to freedom after the ice that had trapped them broke up. Photo: AP

Eleven killer whales facing imminent danger of suffocation after being trapped by ice in Hudson Bay on Canada's Arctic shore managed to free themselves yesterday, after their plight created a worldwide sensation.

11 Jan 2013 - 6:46am

Poachers kill 11 elephants in 'worst massacre in Kenya for decades'

Elephants at the Amboseli game reserve, approximately 250 kilometres south of Kenyan capital Nairobi. Photo: AFP

Kenyan wildlife rangers yesterday were tracking a team of poachers who massacred a family of 11 elephants in what they said was the worst single such killing in the country in the past three decades. "We have not lost as many elephants in a single incident since the early 1980s," said Patrick Omondi, head of the elephant programme at the Kenya Wildlife Service.

9 Jan 2013 - 4:19am