Animal Rights

Consultation on chicken trade begins

The public is being asked if it favours centralised or regional slaughtering

Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 12:00am

How much is that bald guinea pig in the window?

One year on from Sars, business is better than ever in the city's pet shops

Business could not have been worse at pet shops this time last year. The Sars outbreak scared many Hongkongers into getting rid of their pets and the fear that animals might transmit the virus meant few people were in the market for cats and dogs, let alone anything more exotic.

29 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Stay fur a while

Protesters from animal rights group Peta failed to discourage 1500 people making their way into the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Grand Hall for the Fur Gala 2004 fashion show and dinner. The theme of the extravaganza was Cold Mountain (as in the film), with the showing of the 220 fur creations lasting almost as long as the epic movie.

12 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Chickens have rights, too

The government says the centralised slaughtering of chickens is essential because it is the only way to keep the public from coming into close contact with live poultry. This actually means keeping us away from all live poultry. But the problem is with diseased poultry, not poultry in general.

4 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Bear crusaders forging ahead

Animals Asia has freed 140 of the 500 animals it vowed to save from mainland bile farms by next year, and says attitudes to abuse are changing

Four years after a groundbreaking agreement with the central government to rescue 500 bears from bile farms by 2005, the charity Animals Asia Foundation last week made a 3,200km journey to rescue two farmed bears in Tianjin.

29 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Fur flies in fashion statement

Anti-fur activists squat in a cage in Causeway Bay to demonstrate the cramped rearing conditions they say are found in fur farming. The protesters, from the Hong Kong Animal Action group, were making a statement ahead of this weekend's International Fur & Fashion Fair.

27 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

First person

Jason Baker is the Hong Kong representative of the international animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

'It's my unwillingness to see animals suffer that prompted me to join Peta.

16 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

'President Sheen' backs ban on live poultry in wet markets

A 'US president' has given his personal support to Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa for a government proposal to ban live poultry in wet markets.

Martin Sheen, best known in Hong Kong for playing President Josiah Bartlet in the hit television series The West Wing, said live markets were cruel to poultry and posed a threat to public health with diseases such as bird flu.

25 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Regional slaughter plan for poultry

Team Clean weighs 'halfway house' proposal for ending live sales, as a tactic to win over the many doubters

Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will move to quell fierce opposition to a proposed ban on the sale of live poultry by adopting a 'softly, softly' approach, according to a government source.

17 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Why a ban on pets is cruel - to people

Should public tenants be allowed to keep pets? Indeed, is there a place for captive or domesticated animals in the city at all? As a psychologist, my answer is an overwhelming yes. Animals are as precious to our urban experience as open spaces and water.

15 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Fury at plan to ban live poultry

Official plans to put an end to the sale of live poultry were met with derision yesterday as consumers and traders accused the government of sacrificing the livelihood of poultry workers and depriving people of their choice of food.

They warned that moves to halt the spread of disease by curbing live sales would kill Hong Kong's reputation as a cuisine haven.

10 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Hypocrisy over cruelty to animals

I refer to 'Protest and be damned' (Sunday Morning Post, July 20).

The profile of Ingrid Newkirk, president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), illustrates the distinction society makes between what it calls cruel and what it accepts as normal, even when the actions are nearly identical and have the same results.

27 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Fur flies - off the shelves

Gone are the days when wearing fur was deemed politically incorrect - at least judging from the response to the three-day Hong Kong International Fur and Fashion Fair, which ended yesterday.

An emphasis on youthful fur fashions, such as these worn by models, resulted in a 10 per cent increase in the number of trade visitors.

4 Mar 2003 - 12:00am


International fur sales have been increasing steadily despite global economic uncertainty.

3 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Credit where credit's due for incarcerated duo

It looks as if the year is getting off to a good start for brothers Eric Tang Yiu-hong and Eugene Tang Yiu-chuen, formerly of GKC Holdings fame.

The pair rose to more salacious notoriety in the summer of 2002 after they were thrown behind bars for 10 years.

Back in early 1998, GKC ran into some serious debt. Raids by commercial crime police didn't help either.

2 Jan 2003 - 12:00am