Animal Welfare

Beware the pitfalls and dangers of buying animals from unscrupulous dealers

Animal lovers are advised to do their homework before buying a pet. There have been numerous reports of animals dying suddenly after being purchased at a pet store.

Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am

Caged shame

Zoos tend not to be an issue to get people steamed. My colleague expressed indifference when I gave him a mini-rant about the keeping of animals at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, in response to the freedom-loving gibbon that had fled while its cage was being cleaned.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Creature comforts

Bouncing a yellow ball, Kei runs around to catch the attention of Fat Fat the pug. The bubbly 17-year-old giggles at the way the dog moves and it's hard to picture him as a disgruntled youth who stayed at home all day and shut himself off from the world a year ago.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Worker blamed for gibbon's escape

The escape of a gibbon that scampered around Central for two hours on Wednesday before being recaptured has been blamed on a worker's mistake.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Happy hens lay the best eggs

We know about free-range eggs produced by chickens that roam freely in a farmyard. But now there are 'music eggs' produced by birds that listen to music. These hens are raised at Harvest Musical Farm in Yuen Long in the New Territories.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ocean Park sets whale example

The days of zoos putting animals solely on show for the amusement of visitors have largely gone. Environmental awareness means most parks are now dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, education and research, and consider entertainment a secondary concern.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ocean Park should stick to roller coasters and stop being both a zoo and a circus

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman has done the right thing by choosing not to import beluga whales from Russia.

Due to the public outcry both in Hong Kong and around the globe, it became clear that the majority are opposed to animals being taken from their homes, transported across the globe and confined to small barren prison tanks.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Plan for whale show opposed

Ten animal welfare groups have united to urge Ocean Park to abandon its plan to catch wild white whales for public display.

The demand by the Asia for Animal Coalition follows news that the park had commissioned a survey of Hongkongers to see whether they supported the capture of the hump-headed creatures, also known as belugas.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

SPCA volunteer marks big day

An 84-year-old who saved the lives of 1,500 cats, monkeys and snakes fired Jardines' Noonday Gun yesterday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Is Hong Kong taking care of animal rights?

Charmain Li, 17, Sha Tin College

The sight of pampered pooches being carried around by their owners is common in Hong Kong. Yet, how many of us care for the strays and hundreds of pets that are thrown out onto the streets every year?

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Foster scheme to bring seized dogs back to health

Sugar and Snowy were in poor shape when they were rescued from the hands of illegal dealers during a police crackdown on internet pet sales last month.

The two Pomeranians should be white all over but Sugar's face has developed brownish patches as a result of severe skin allergies, just one difficulty confronting the dog.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Cat abuse outrage

Animal rights concern groups are calling on the government to set up an animal police squad after a recent spate of abuse cases.

Such a squad would act as a deterrent against abuse and increase the chances of solving cases, says Chu Po-shan, a member of the group, Happy Animals.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

No police animal squad despite kitten's shooting

Calls for a special police unit to be set up to investigate cruelty to animals after an air gun attack on a kitten were rejected yesterday by the force, which said enhanced co-operation with animal advocacy groups and government officials was the way forward.

The calls came as demonstrations were held against what activists say is a rising tide of animal cruelty cases.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Homes for dogs sought as SPCA kennels fill up

A series of crackdowns on illegal breeding and the sale of dogs on the internet has left the SPCA facilities almost full to capacity.

As a result, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has called on the public to adopt the dogs, many of them pure-bred.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Laws must be updated to save pets from abuse

Hong Kong likes to think of itself as a caring society. We're undeniably charitable and devote a large part of our financial resources to the needs of the least well-off in society. But that devotion doesn't extend to the well-being of animals, thousands of which are put to death each year because no one wants them.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am