Animal Rights

Third of pets bought from shops falling ill

Animal welfare advocates have called for greater regulation of the pet trade after a survey found one-third of animals bought in pet shops fell ill within seven days.

Monday, 26 November, 2007, 12:00am

Talkback

How can respect for animals be promoted?

People who care about animal welfare tend to be quite well off and they can afford the cost of looking after an animal.

Poor people have to think about their own livelihoods. In some extreme cases, they may use cats and dogs for food, which is accepted in Chinese culture.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Animal-lovers decry 'police apathy'

About 500 animal-lovers and their pets marched from Chater Garden to the Central Government Offices yesterday to condemn the police for failing to investigate abuse against stray cats and dogs.

Participants in the march organised by the Cat Society and Animal Earth chanted 'Cold-blooded police. Accomplices of murderers'.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Animal rights protester's performance a cut above the rest

An animal rights activist yesterday staged a 'naked' protest in busy Causeway Bay against meat eating.

Ashley Fruno, a campaigner with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific, wore only underwear and painted herself like a butcher's diagram near Jardine's Bazaar to urge people to go vegetarian.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Police criticised after kitten found with legs chopped off

An animal concern group accused police last night of being totally uninterested in acting against animal abuse after a one-month-old kitten was found outside a supermarket on Choi Yuen Estate, Sheung Shui, on Tuesday night with its hind legs chopped off.

Elaine Chan Ling-yi, founder of the Cat Society, said she reported the case to police but they only put it on file.

2 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Talkback

What should be done to help dumped animals?

People should be dissuaded from buying expensive pure-bred dogs from pet shops, but, instead, encouraged to adopt an abandoned animal from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This is one of the most effective ways to curb the problem of dumped animals.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Mink-pelt sale draws anger but few bids

The government put 300 mink pelts up for public auction yesterday - but the only real interest shown was from animal concern groups.

The groups said the government was setting a bad example by seeking profit from an inhumane trade.

The auction was held at the government logistics centre in Chai Wan but the mink pelts attracted a poor response from bidders.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Most want tougher action over animal abuse: survey

The government should crack down on people who abandon their pets, most of which are put down, according to a survey by an animal rights organisation.

The online survey, conducted by Animal Earth, found 97.4 per cent of respondents said people who dumped their pets should be punished, and 94 per cent said the penalty for cruelty was too lenient.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Great Dane has a playful touch

Dane Clouston, executive chef, Opia

1/F JIA Boutique Hotel, 1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, 31969100

Dane Clouston does not have a table in the kitchen but he invites select customers to his 'war room' for the foie gras course.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Video competition encourages animal protection

A group of budding filmmakers have made short videos of their pets to help spread the message of animal protection on World Animal Day.

The touching videos, some of which can be viewed on YouTube, were made for a competition launched by Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) to raise awareness of animal protection in Hong Kong last month.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Vets alarmed at illegal drug sales in pet shops

Action urged to tackle sales of antibiotics to treat animals

Animal experts are urging more action to curb the abuse of antibiotics by unscrupulous pet shops.

The calls come as vets complain that many of a growing number of animals with drug-resistant infections are from pet shops.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Kevin Sinclair's Hong Kong

A veteran SCMP reporter, Kevin examines the good, bad and ugly sides of life in the city. E-mail him at kevin.sinclair@scmp.com

Common sense from the courts; whoever would have thought it.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Anger at traps for dogs in Sai Kung parks

Cruelty row over snaring of strays

Government workers are using spring-loaded steel traps to capture stray dogs in country parks despite passage of legislation last year that increased the penalties for animal cruelty to three years in jail and a HK$200,000 fine.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

Businessman Frank Pong, 63, is a key benefactor of the Animals Asia Foundation and recently visited its rescue centre in Chengdu to unveil a statue to its mascot Andrew the bear. Mr Pong believes bringing about a change in attitudes on the mainland may take a generation or more

19 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Monkey breeding is big business

Soaring demand from US scientists spurs boom in raising primates

Xie Liping politely turns down a request to visit the core of her primate breeding centre in Nanning, saying the reason is purely technical.

'We must ensure the monkeys are not contaminated by humans,' said Ms Xie, the owner of Guangxi Weimei Bio-Tech Company.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am