Animal Welfare

Districts reject scheme to release neutered stray dogs

Districts reject scheme to release neutered stray dogs

After years of campaigning and several public consultation forums, a pilot scheme to capture, neuter and release stray dogs has been rejected in all three district councils involved in the plan.

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 10:44am 2 comments

Police animal abuse squad urged after cats slaughtered in Sham Shui Po

Pressure is mounting on the government to set up a police squad to investigate animal abuse after two more stray cats were found killed in Sham Shui Po yesterday.

One of the cats showed signs of having been tortured.

It was the second such incident in less than a month. A stray cat was so badly tortured in Sau Mau Ping on November 16 that vets had to put it down.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:43am

New Delhi conference weighs plight of India's bears at hands of villagers

A bear is set alight by villagers in the Shopian district of Kashmir after desperately climbing a tree to seek refuge. Photo: SCMP Pictures

In the struggle for the bare necessities of life, Indian villagers find themselves pitted against bears, and sometimes, out of fury at their crops being ruined, stone them or try to set them alight, bear conservationists told a week-long New Delhi conference on the animals.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:51am

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We have more pets than ever, but animal welfare laws and regulations are outdated, enforcement is poor and penalties for infringement weak.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

Feral cattle in Sai Kung park acquire taste for human food including beef

Cows scavenge through rubbish left behind by picnickers at Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung Country Park. Photo: Red Door News

A herd of feral cattle have become scavenging meat-eaters as a result of day trippers feeding them and dumping left-over food at a barbecue site in Sai Kung Country Park.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Deaths of dogs may see ban on paraquat

Gisela Cheung, whose pet dog GoGo was poisoned by paraquat.

Government officials are considering imposing a ban on over-the-counter sales of the weed killer paraquat, which has been linked to a series of dog deaths.

A review has been launched into the widely used but highly toxic pesticide, which is banned in many countries, but freely available in Hong Kong. It may result in sales being restricted through a permit system.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Letters to the Editor, November 02, 2012

The 35-year-old elephant Mali at Manila Zoo. Photo: AFP

Extend old-age payment to all senior citizens

I appreciate the initiative taken by the government in proposing a HK$2,200-a-month Old Age Living Allowance to help senior citizens supplement their scant resources.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:56am 1 comment

Recent seizure of ivory in Hong Kong underlines need to save the elephants

Elephant tusks seized at the Kwai Chung container port last week, one of the world's biggest ever hauls of smuggled ivory. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong's being a bridge between mainland China and the rest of the world is not just about cross-border trade. The seizure at the Kwai Chung container port last week of one of the world's biggest hauls of smuggled ivory re-emphasised that our city also has a duty to uphold international rules. The mainland's rapidly growing appetite for elephant tusks puts us on the firing line.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

Poison suspected of killing four dogs at Big Wave Bay, Shek O

Big Wave Bay

Dog owners are being warned to be on their guard after the deaths of up to four dogs from suspected poisoning at Big Wave Bay in Shek O.

The animals died within days of one another after displaying identical symptoms associated with poisoning from the highly toxic herbicide paraquat.

21 Oct 2012 - 3:45am

Illegal dog traders face crackdown

Proposed action against pet smuggling and 'hobby breeders' will require permits. Photo: Red Door News

The government plans to clamp down on unlicensed dog dealers, dog smugglers and puppy farms.

It wants to make it compulsory for anyone trading in dogs or their puppies to hold a permit.

Public consultations on the move started yesterday and will end on November 30.

4 Oct 2012 - 4:26am 3 comments

Relax park rule to let SPCA neuter stray cats there: Welfare groups

A woman feeding a stray cat in Mid-levels. Photo: Joanna Chiu

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wants the government to end the ban on it operating in the city's parks, a measure it says hinders efforts to reduce the population of stray cats.

Public parks are ideal habitats for feral cats, but the government's concern is that the SPCA's presence would encourage irresponsible owners to dump their pets in parks.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:21am

Safety fears over use of draft horses to pull wedding carriages at Hong Kong's Discovery Bay

Three of the four draft horses that have been brought into Discovery Bay are taken for their morning exercise. Photo: Anna Healy Fenton

Goliath's Revenge, Tank, Epic Thunder and Gracie's Eclipse cause quite a stir on their daily walks around Discovery Bay's North Plaza area. Each stands two metres high and weighs about 500kg.

But not everyone is delighted to see the four giants on their sleepy patch and some local residents fear that there may be accidents.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

SPCA steps up animal trap patrols

SPCA's Tony Ho Tse-tong with an animal trap. Photo: May Tse

Primitive animal traps found across the city - including in Mid-Levels - have severely injured at least eight stray and pet dogs in the past two years.

Three were found in such pain, with a leg crushed in the jaws of the rusty steel traps, that they had to be put down by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

15 Sep 2012 - 3:16am 2 comments

Man who set barking village dog on fire gives himself up

A man turned himself in to police yesterday saying he was responsible for setting fire to a dog in its kennel in a Tuen Mun village at the weekend.

The computer technician, 31, told police he was so annoyed by the animal's barking that he poured paint thinner over the kennel and set it alight.

The owner put out the flames but the dog was so badly burned it had to be put down.

4 Sep 2012 - 2:40am

Rise in pet owners discarding exotic animals

Dr Fiona Woodhouse cradles a hedgehog, deemed unsuitable for Hong Kong, at the SPCA's headquarters in Wan Chai. Photo: May Tse

A rising number of exotic animals have been found abandoned on the street and even in an MTR station after owners who bought them out of impulse later lost interest, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

3 Sep 2012 - 4:20am