Animal Welfare

Officials set 1,000 cats loose in Jiangsu forest: reports

Caged rescued cats in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. Photo: AFP

Animal activists are combing a forest in eastern China for more than 1,000 kittens rescued from a meat supplier only to be let loose in the wild by local authorities, an organiser said on Monday.

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013, 1:13pm

Chinese officials agree to monitor dog meat festival after activists protest

Chinese animal lovers release rescued dogs at the China Animal Protection Association in April 2011. Photo: AFP

A festival dedicated to dog meat in southern China has been targeted by protesting animal lovers, who have won a minor concession from local officials, an activist said on Wednesday.

19 Jun 2013 - 4:31pm

Groups unite to fight abuse of animals by setting up a network of protection

Civic Party lawmakers Kwok Ka-ki and Claudia Mo Man-ching (left, right) join commissioners David Wong Kai-yan and Mark Mak Chi-ho. Photo: May Tse

About 20 volunteers from the Alliance for Hong Kong Animal Police - formed by Animal Earth, the Animal-Friendly Alliance and the Non-Profit Making Veterinary Service among others - will pursue abuse cases spotted by the public or by fellow volunteers across the city.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am

Snip for strays helps win feral cat fight

Fiona Woodhouse, SPCA's deputy director of welfare

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) set up its Cat Colony Care Programme in 2000. The method behind its attempts to stabilise and reduce the number of stray and feral cats involves three steps: trap, neuter and release.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am

Police look into making Lantau drivers go slow after cow deaths

Eight cows were killed last week.

Bumps, ramps and special traffic-slowing road surfaces are among measures being considered by police to curb speeding on Lantau following the death of eight cows in a hit-and-run accident last week.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:47pm 1 comment

Bear bile firm's IPO pullout a boost for animal welfare

A bear looks out from a cage at the bear farm of Guizhentang pharmaceutical company. Photo: AP

A nugget of good news for animal welfare groups has emerged from the gloom in Chinese equity markets in recent months.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:12am

Chinese animal activists petition White House against dog meat festival in Guangxi

Dogs being killed in Guangxi's Yulin. Photo: screenshot via

China’s dog lovers and animal enthusiasts, fretting over the looming  “Dog Meat Festival” - an annual event held Yulin, Guangxi on June 21-  have pulled every string possible to avert what they call “a bloody celebration.”

23 May 2013 - 2:53pm 1 comment

Reward offered to track down dog poisoner on Cheung Chau

A leaflet offering an HK$8,000 reward. Photo: SCMP

An animal welfare group is offering an HK$8,000 reward for help in finding the culprit behind the deaths of seven dogs over the past three weeks on Cheung Chau.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:00am

Animals need care, not bureaucracy

SPCA maintains a no-kill policy. Photo: Jonathan Wong

It should come as no surprise that those paid by taxpayers to capture and take care of stray or abandoned animals are not usually those who care most about their welfare. Still, it was a bit of a shock to witness the cavalier or even callous attitude of workers from the SPCA and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 5 comments

Pet lovers brave rain for Paw Paw walk

Dogs and their owners attend the Penfold Paw Paw Hoof Hoof Carnival at Penfold Park in Sha Tin. Photo: David Wong

Hundreds of dog lovers and their owners braved atrocious weather to attend the Penfold Paw Paw Hoof Hoof Carnival in Sha Tin.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2013

It is time to stop keeping birds as pets in cages. Photo: Xinhua

The superb award-winning film Amour now showing here made me think of two things. First, that life for too many of Hong Kong's elderly is no bed of roses because, despite being one of the richest places in Asia, the government here is not doing enough to care properly for its aged and ageing population.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 13 comments

New Delhi abandons its langur monkey 'protection squad'

Miller's Grizzled Langur. Photo: AP

The large black-faced langur monkeys have been on guard for decades to keep out armies of smaller rhesus monkeys that plague Delhi, protecting events like the 2010 Commonwealth Games and visiting foreign dignitaries, and keeping order in the hallowed halls of parliament.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

Dog breeding licences 'won't protect animals'

Animal welfare groups claim the government's plans to introduce dog breeding licences won't protect animals. Photo: SPCA

Animal welfare groups have cast doubt on government plans to introduce three types of licences to control dog breeding, claiming the move won't protect animals.

18 Feb 2013 - 8:42am 1 comment

SPCA accused of neutering stray cat twice

Ice-cream Boy's ears have been getting a lot of attention on Facebook. SPCA vets are accused of trying to desex him twice.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been accused of being overly zealous in trying to control the feral cat population - its vets apparently tried to neuter the same stray twice.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Changsha crash sees cats escape cooking pot

Volunteers try to save cats locked in cases without food and water, after a traffic accident on a street of Changsha. Photo: Reuters

Around 600 cats stuffed into wooden crates and destined for dinner plates in southern China were rescued by animal protection volunteers after a truck crash, a volunteer said on Thursday.

17 Jan 2013 - 8:33pm