Animal Welfare

Bear farm media tour dismissed as a stunt

Guizhentang Pharmaceutical - the bear bile producer that has come under fire for planning a public listing - let selected mainland media tour its bear farm in Fujian yesterday.

Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am

Don't share in bear farming's barbarity

If you think 'de-finning' live sharks is cruel, try milking bears for their bile. This involves confining Asiatic moon bears to small cages for long periods, sometimes their entire lives, and the use of catheters to extract bile from their gall bladders. The process is gruesome and painful.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Chief executive rivals attend forum

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Look after your Pets, or else - new law mulled

Pet owners could be forced to provide adequate exercise, health care and living conditions for their animals under changes being considered to the animal protection law.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department told the Sunday Morning Post it was looking at introducing a 'duty of care' provision in the law as part of ongoing reviews of animal protection rules.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Neutering plan to cut number of stray dogs

The public are being asked whether animal welfare groups should be allowed to desex stray dogs and return them to the wild in Sai Kung, Lamma Island and Yuen Long.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Group desexes 197 strays but keeps its work legal

It is illegal for anyone to desex a stray dog and return it to the wild, but one non-profit group has managed to neuter nearly 200 of them without breaking the law.

The Veterinary Service Society has, since 2010, desexed 197 stray dogs in the Wong Tai Sin area. But it says it does not 'release' any of them after they are neutered.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Magic Kingdom welcomes dogs and their walkers

With the recent spell of cool weather, it's a good time to take your dog out for a nice, long walk. And if you want some company - that is, more than 1,000 dogs and their owners - the Hill's x SPCA Family Wag 'n' Walk 2012 takes place from 8am today at Hong Kong Disneyland.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Wild animals can feed themselves

In Hong Kong, there are many wild animals such as cats, dogs and monkeys. Some live in the mountains while other live by the side of the road.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pets should be valued, not given away

I am distressed by the idea of giving a pet as a gift. First of all, most people value only what they have paid for. If people get pets for free, few people will ever consider their true value. Pets obtained for free may be abused, too.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ocean Park urged to end dolphin show 'circus'

Animal welfare groups are urging Ocean Park to phase out its trademark dolphin performance, which they say is outdated and 'circus-like' and gives a distorted impression of the animals' life in the wild.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Animal welfare is everyone's concern

I am disappointed that our police are to attend a workshop held by an overseas veterinary forensic expert next year to upgrade their poor performance when investigating animal abuse cases (SCMP, November 8).

Does this mean that there are more abuse cases than the previous years? Does it indicate that Hongkongers are getting more inconsiderate and cold-blooded?

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Supermarket, battery or free range, get your chicken by fair means or fowl

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels group's decision not to sell shark's fin in its Peninsula hotel chain no doubt had many motives. Speaking to those opposed to eating it over many years, I think one reason is squeamishness over the harvesting process.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Animals deserve justice for abuse

For many people, especially pet lovers, cruelty to animals is as traumatising as violence committed against human beings. They feel the situation is more disturbing because such abuse cases are often not properly followed up by law enforcement agencies, which are perceived as thinking that animal lives are less valuable.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Help for police tackling animal abuse

Police are stepping up training to help officers deal effectively with animal abuse cases, including inviting an overseas veterinary forensic expert to hold a workshop, among other steps.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

What last made you laugh uncontrollably?

Gabrielle Ho, 14, St Stephen's Girls' College

When I watched the Taiwanese movie, You're the Apple of My Eye ( ). I went with a couple of my friends to watch it. A man recalls his time at school, when he and his classmates were in love with the same girl. It makes many of us remember our school days. Although it was a sad story, it had many hilarious parts, too.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am