Animal Welfare

Government says Lantau's feral cattle can stay

A meeting aimed at ending the long-running battle over the fate of roaming cattle on Lantau looks to have been a success, with government officials saying they have no intention of killing or relocating the animals.

Sunday, 26 August, 2012, 4:59am

Cruel killing of stray dogs by government can be replaced by more humane option

The animal welfare community will welcome the appointment of the new secretary for food and health in the hope that he will ensure much less government cruelty and killing.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Two dogs rescued and two dead in flat

Two severely malnourished mongrels rescued from a To Kwa Wan flat are believed to have eaten the remains of two other dogs to survive.

The dogs were found by firefighters on Sunday night after neighbours in the Mei King Mansion reported a foul odour coming from a flat on the 13th floor.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Trip to Italy brings lobster inspiration

Some chefs look for inspiration in traditional recipes and local markets. Others, like Vittorio Lucariello, travel farther afield.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Boarding houses offer creature comforts of home

If you're going on holiday and can't find a friend to look after your cat or dog, there is an alternative - you can leave your pet in the care of people who love animals as much as you do.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am


Internet is not a place for bullies

Well-known websites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter allow us to express ourselves, post photos and give others a glimpse of our lives.

You can even keep up-to-date with your friends' lives - through photos and status updates - via your mobile phone.

22 May 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

Bloody truth of man's cruelty to creatures

Animals feel pain and should be treated with respect, just like you and me. In some countries, anyone that deliberately beats, injures, or slaughters animals in a way that makes them suffer can be charged with animal cruelty.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Caught up in bear blues


A mainland pharmaceutical company has tried - with little success - to convince the public that the process of extracting bile from Asiatic black bears is not animal cruelty.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Animal adoption require genuine commitment

Thinking of getting a furry, feathered or exotic pet as a new member of the family? Across Hong Kong, hundreds of adorable and loving animals are waiting for adoption.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Animal welfare message hits home

Extracting bile from the gall bladders of Asiatic black bears for use in traditional Chinese medicine is not a pretty sight, nor is it a pleasant experience for the creatures. Yet Guizhentang Pharmaceutical is willing to ignore that in the name of the extraordinary profits that can be made.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Long-term solution to bile farms

I feel sorry for those poor animals suffering in unsupervised bear bile farms.

A lot of these farms perform inhumane procedures in order to obtain more bile for profits. Such procedures endanger the bears' lives.

I think we need to aim for long- and short-term solutions.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bear-bile showdown, it's kill or cure

Animal rights activists are pitted against supporters of traditional Chinese medicine over plans by Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical, one of the mainland's biggest producers of bear bile, to launch an initial public offering (IPO) on the ChiNext stock exchange.

25 Feb 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