Animal Rights

How bears are treated is a disgrace

Many Chinese people believe in the medicinal properties of bear bile. It is believed to cure a variety of ailments. Although there is little scientific evidence to back up such claims, some companies exaggerate the benefits of bear bile to make a profit.

Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 12:00am

Let's take on the meat industry

Recently I watched a video called Farm to Fridge on the internet. The film is disturbing. It shows the workings of a slaughterhouse, where we see animals being slaughtered. A newborn pig undergoes sterilisation without anaesthesia - an extremely painful process. The video also shows a butcher killing a pig in a bloody manner.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Table Talk

John Kolasa, director of Chateau Rauzan-Segla and Chateau Canon in Bordeaux, will host a wine dinner on May 27 at Spoon by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Battle on to increase animal adoptions

Most animal-lovers prefer buying from a pet shop to adopting from a charity, a survey has found, leaving many pets without a home.

The survey of 537 people by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found looking online or going to a pet shop to choose an animal was the first choice for 73 per cent of respondents.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Protesters march for ban on trade in bear bile

More than 200 animal lovers took to the streets yesterday to protest against the international trade in the bile of the Asian black bear.

They called on the government to take the lead on a nationwide ban on the use of bear bile in traditional medicine.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

David Hawksworth

How did you become a chef? 'From an early age, I appreciated nice food. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when I was growing up and she cooked everything from scratch - nothing was pre-made. I love the challenge of cooking, and how it's different every day.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong should take a stand against inhumane slaughter of seals in Canada

I refer to the letter by Jean-Francois Tremblay ('In defence of seal hunts in Canada', March 14).

Your correspondent is correct about only one thing, the harp seals are not endangered at this point in time. However, this issue is not about conservation - it's about cruelty.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Anger at huge Chinese foie gras project

China is set to become one of the biggest international producers of foie gras, much to the chagrin of the mainland's fledgling animal rights movement.

The move comes as concerns about force-feeding connected to the French delicacy is driving the industry out of developed nations.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

SPCA urges ban on seal imports from Canadian hunts

An import ban in Hong Kong would prevent products made from Canadian seals from entering the mainland market without hurting local business, an animal welfare group that wants to end seal hunts says.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bear-bile business has already lost the PR war

Let's be honest and admit that we Chinese do not have a good reputation among people of the world in terms of our treatment of animals. There is a joke about the Cantonese that they are entrepreneurial people capable of excelling in many professions - but not zookeeper.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bear farm media tour dismissed as a stunt

Guizhentang Pharmaceutical - the bear bile producer that has come under fire for planning a public listing - let selected mainland media tour its bear farm in Fujian yesterday.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Poisoner suspected of killing 10 cats at school

Police suspect someone poisoned at least 10 stray cats that were found dead at a primary school in Wong Tai Sin over the past four days.

Six were found in Bishop Ford Memorial School on Pui Man Street shortly after 7am yesterday.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Some deny post-colonial reality of HK

There have been many responses to my letter ('Expats have done little to benefit city', January 3).

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

At Monsieur Chatt?, French authenticity is always de rigueur

Originally from Paris, Jean-Yves Chatt? has operated a successful wine import business in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. He opened French gourmet store Monsieur Chatt? in a three-storey shophouse in Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, in 2008, and now has a second store in Elements in Kowloon and a production kitchen and private dining room in Chai Wan.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Peta, mixed up in pat?, cooks celebrity butcher's goose

Let me share a couple of delicious ironies: that a butcher can be a celebrity and the word 'pat?' is an anagram of Peta, the animal rights people.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am