Animal Rights

Yulin's dog meat festival deaf to critics

Cages of dogs are delivered to an unenviable fate at a market in Yulin - a long tradition in the city.

The annual festival involving savouring the delights of dog meat hotpot, lychees and strong liquor on the Summer Solstice is a cherished tradition among Yulin locals. Thousands of diners are expected to crowd food streets and enjoy the feast. Animal protection activists estimate more than 10,000 dogs are killed during the festival.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am 53 comments

Bear-bile firm Fujian Guizhentang Pharmaceutical among IPO pullouts

A worker collects bile from a bear held in a cage at Guizhentang's farm in Huian, Fujian, yesterday. Photo: AFP

Fujian Guizhentang Pharmaceutical was among 269 companies to have pulled their applications this year, the China Securities Regulatory Commission said on its website on Friday, without giving reasons.

5 Jun 2013 - 3:51am

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

Absurd to compare animal activists to terrorists

Animal abuse serves no purpose but greed. Photo: Bloomberg

I was surprised at the reaction of US farm groups and state legislatures against the uncovering of widespread animal abuse by animal-rights activists ("Farm lobby gags animal activists", April 8).

15 Apr 2013 - 2:31am 2 comments

AFCD failing distressed animals

Activists protest for animal rights. Photo: SCMP

Alex Lo's concerns regarding the callousness of the Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department staff is warranted (Animals need care, not bureaucracy, April 10).

13 Apr 2013 - 3:21am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 23, 2013

Man's best friend or feral fiend? Photo: David Wong

The government is sending out conflicting signals. On the one hand, we face a shortage of everything: we compete for hospital beds, milk powder, school places, housing, and even when we die, we compete for a place for our ashes.

13 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 2 comments

Pet owner sues clinic after dog dies during 'facelift' to attract female mate

Tibetan mastiff pups outside a convention centre at Changping in Beijing. Photo: AP

Beijing prosecutors are investigating the death of a Tibetan mastiff that died while undergoing a 'facelift' to 'make it look better'.

14 Feb 2013 - 9:19pm 3 comments

Cousins' illustrations draw attention to plight of endangered species

Aimee Mak Hoeyin (left) and her cousin Tsui Cheeyee are hoping to save animals. Photo: Sam Tsang

Two Hong Kong cousins - both aged 24 - are doing their part to draw public attention to the relatively unknown creatures. Tsui Cheeyee and Aimee Mak Hoeyin paired up to become the design and illustration duo&dear after graduating in 2011.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Letters to the Editor, January 10, 2013

Ban fishing at our marine parks. Photo: SCMP

Zero-waste target feasible for Hong Kong

I refer to the letter from Christine Loh, undersecretary for the environment ("Government plans to increase recycling rate and reduce waste", January 2), on waste and the need for additional landfills.

I hope she fully understands her role with regard to protection of our environment.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:58am

Best to keep our 'truthiness' in check

Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) protests over promotion of shark fins consumption outside Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant at Causeway Bay. Photo: David Wong

The most memorable thing from an interview I had with Peter Singer at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel many years ago was when he said he didn't particularly like animals, even as a child.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:26am 3 comments

Briefs, January 5, 2013

The Chinese government's special envoy, Zhang Zhijun, will visit South Korea from Wednesday to Friday, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Zhang, who is also a deputy foreign minister, will have talks with South Korean officials on bilateral ties and issues of common concern. Xinhua

5 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

Shark fin trade 'victim of anti-Chinese conspiracy', say traders

A worker lays shark fins on mats to dry outside a seafood store in Western District. Photo: Sam Tsang

Shark fin traders in Hong Kong blasted an "anti-Chinese conspiracy" by environmentalists, whose constant bombardment of criticism they say is killing their business.

5 Jan 2013 - 10:16am 12 comments

Drying shark fin on Kennedy Town roof shows dirty trade is thriving

Freshly sliced shark fins dry in the sun on the roof of a factory building in Kennedy Town - part of an estimated 30,000 believed to be from mako sharks. Environmentalists say it is proof that the widely reviled trade is still being conducted in the city, even though traders insist that most production has moved to the mainland. Photo: Sam Tsang

A factory rooftop in Kennedy Town carpeted in thousands of freshly sliced shark fins is proof the trade still thrives in the region, environmentalists said yesterday.

4 Jan 2013 - 10:08am 2 comments

Owners angry as Macau Canidrome fails to stop euthanising retired dogs

Brooklyn is a greyhound icon long feared dead. Photo: Red Door News

Greyhound owners are rebelling over the mass killing of retired racing dogs at the Macau Canidrome, where animals are euthanised at the rate of more than 30 a month despite an outcry from welfare groups worldwide.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am 1 comment

Anti-cruelty law needs an update

We have more pets than ever, but animal welfare laws and regulations are outdated, enforcement is poor and penalties for infringement weak. Photo: SCMP

If a law has remained largely unchanged since 1935 you would think it is either a colonial relic that no longer matters or an uncommonly good law that has stood the test of three generations. Sadly, neither is the case with animal welfare laws and regulations.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am 4 comments