Animal Welfare


What should be done to help dumped animals?

People should be dissuaded from buying expensive pure-bred dogs from pet shops, but, instead, encouraged to adopt an abandoned animal from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am

Video competition encourages animal protection

A group of budding filmmakers have made short videos of their pets to help spread the message of animal protection on World Animal Day.

The touching videos, some of which can be viewed on YouTube, were made for a competition launched by Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) to raise awareness of animal protection in Hong Kong last month.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Ocean Park's animal wish list challenged

Marine conservationists have condemned Ocean Park's plan to obtain more species of animals for its aquarium and marine shows.

Ocean Park is undergoing a HK$5.55 billion redevelopment which includes a proposal to introduce 33 more species.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

City divides over stray dog scheme

Controlled colonies of desexed stray dogs could spread across Hong Kong under a controversial plan to cut the number of animals being destroyed.

The move follows a similar scheme set up for cats in 2000, but is proving divisive, with district councils split on whether to back the plan.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

SPCA plan shows way out of stray-dog killing cycle

Hong Kong has never been kind to stray dogs. Many began life as guard dogs on construction sites, only to be abandoned after buildings were completed and left to live off the street. With animal-protection groups denouncing the practice and the property market slowing since the start of this decade, government dog catchers began rounding them up.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Asia's bile trade takes its toll of Canadian bears

Gordon Hitchcock and his fellow officers in British Columbia are struggling to solve a triple slaying that points to a massive underground organ smuggling trade spurred by demand in Asia.

The bodies of the victims - all three of them black bears - were found dumped last month at remote roadsides near the town of Nanaimo on the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

hot dogs

Nineteenth-century travel writers often humorously reflected that in China, in contrast to the west, people ate the dog and took their bird out for a walk - still an accurate observation in many parts of the country.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


What can be done to help parents with disabled children?

Waiting for at least seven years for a place at the Hostel for Severely Mentally Handicapped Persons places a heavy burden on the parents of disabled children.

Worse still, during that wait, they face different kinds of discrimination.

9 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

Disabled students deserve equal chance

The objective of education is to help students enhance their knowledge, cultivate good morals and grow up to be responsible citizens.

Special needs schools have slightly different goals. They strive to develop their students' potential and make them more independent so that they won't be a burden on society.

7 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Kevin Sinclair's Hong Kong

A veteran SCMP reporter, Kevin examines the good, bad and ugly sides of life in the city. E-mail him at

Common sense from the courts; whoever would have thought it.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Woman fined HK$6,000 for keeping 23 pets in filthy flat

A 36-year-old clerk broke down in tears yesterday after being convicted of animal cruelty for keeping 23 dogs and cats in filthy conditions in a Sham Shui Po flat.

Wong Sze-chun was fined HK$6,000 for failing to provide clean and ventilated cages for the animals, kept in an 800 sq ft flat in Ki Lung Street. Most of the flat windows were kept shut.

27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Anger at traps for dogs in Sai Kung parks

Cruelty row over snaring of strays

Government workers are using spring-loaded steel traps to capture stray dogs in country parks despite passage of legislation last year that increased the penalties for animal cruelty to three years in jail and a HK$200,000 fine.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

Businessman Frank Pong, 63, is a key benefactor of the Animals Asia Foundation and recently visited its rescue centre in Chengdu to unveil a statue to its mascot Andrew the bear. Mr Pong believes bringing about a change in attitudes on the mainland may take a generation or more

19 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Think twice before getting a pet

While keeping fit is a trend in society, our pets are getting fatter. It makes you wonder whether we care enough for them.

Because people are so busy, pets are not well cared for. Some people get a pet just because it's trendy and dump it when the trend fades.

Pets are not given enough exercise and eventually become ill and unhealthy.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

23 pets, one flat: woman charged

A woman appeared in court yesterday to face charges of cruelty to animals for keeping 23 dogs and cats in filthy conditions in a flat in Sham Shui Po.

Wong Sze-chun, 36, pleaded not guilty at Kwun Tong Court to one count of cruelty to animals and three counts of failing to provide clean, ventilated cages and adequate water for her pets.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am