Canadian food inspection reseachers charged over bid to ship germs to China

Canadian federal police have charged two former government scientists with trafficking in dangerous and highly contagious germs. Klaus Nielsen and Wei Ling Yu, former researchers at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), are accused of attempting to export harmful pathogens that could infect humans and livestock to China.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 4:25pm

Letters to the Editor, March 17, 2013

Malaysian soldiers patrol Sabah, on Borneo. Photo: EPA

Parallel-goods trading is a controversial topic and a practice condemned by many people. However, I think it is beneficial to Hong Kong to some extent.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 1 comment

Officers step up battle to rein in Sai Kung's feral cattle

One of the six feral cows fitted with GPS collars in Sai Kung Country Park

Country park officials have set up barriers and planted bushes to stop herds of feral cows harassing weekenders and scavenging food from barbecue sites.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am 1 comment

Feral cattle in Sai Kung park acquire taste for human food including beef

Cows scavenge through rubbish left behind by picnickers at Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung Country Park. Photo: Red Door News

A herd of feral cattle have become scavenging meat-eaters as a result of day trippers feeding them and dumping left-over food at a barbecue site in Sai Kung Country Park.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

What the local media says, November 17, 2012

Sunday, Apple Daily

Society chiefs accused of abusing government subsidy

17 Nov 2012 - 4:45am

Turning the tables

The latest wagyu marketing campaign seems to have dispensed with one myth about superior Japanese cattle. Unfortunately, two equally stubborn ones remain.

So far there have been no reports that the latest cows exported to Hong Kong have been raised on beer, but the idea is commonly held. The belief persists that the cattle are massaged and listen to music.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Feral cattle get HK$20,000 GPS collars

GPS tracking systems are to be fitted to some of Hong Kong's buffalo and cattle in a scheme that is costing millions of dollars.

Hi-tech collars fitted to cattle in Sai Kung and buffalos on Lantau will feed information on the animals' movements to computers via satellite.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Locals ready for bullfight over four-legged friend

One of Sai Kung's best-known and most photographed residents could be kicked out as a result of an ongoing operation by a government department, an animal-rights group fears.

Grumpy the bull is a regular sight in Sai Kung's centre and is often seen in flower beds or loitering outside the popular bars and restaurants.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Death in the early morning

There is a killer (or killers) on the loose and, although it is likely there exists incriminating evidence, little effort will be put into apprehending them. If past practice is any guide, there will not be much of an attempt made at preventing them killing again, either.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland milk problems start with quality of feed and breed

I note that the authorities on the mainland continue to struggle with the problem of milk quality.

Following the melamine scandal we now have the addition of hydrolysed leather to milk to boost its protein content.

Moreover, the authorities are closing down 45 per cent of the mainland's dairy firms.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The goods

Tickled Pink

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Lai See

Container houses could be answer to our housing woes

It's probably not too far from the truth to say people in Hong Kong live in shoeboxes. It's a well-known fact that we have an average living space of 12 square metres per person - one of the smallest in the world, compared with a Shenzhen resident's 19 square metres, which isn't that much better either.

24 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Cone day - what better excuse to drop in for a Ben & Jerry's

It's not exactly summer ice cream weather yet, but that's never stopped anyone when there's free ice cream on offer. Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's annual charity cone day is tomorrow, and once again they are offering a big scoop on a cone or a cup of any of their wacky flavours for a minimum donation of HK$10. The firm's founders, Ben Cohen (left) and Jerry Greenfield, are pictured.

22 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Cows' fate to be sealed by Lunar New Year

The fate of more than 100 cows rescued from the slaughterhouse will be decided by the Lunar New Year, when the operator of a cattle shelter is forced to move from a Yuen Long farm after 10 years.

7 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Niu Niu pays the ultimate price for family's desperate plight

It was only a few minutes after 4am, but Beiya abattoir in the suburbs of Hohhot was already heaving.

Cattle dealers lined up outside, ready to sell their cows to the abattoir. With the sale price of 24 yuan (HK$27) per kilogram - about 2 yuan more than the purchase price - and the average cow weighing about 400kg, that is a handsome profit.

5 Sep 2009 - 12:00am