Paraquat not needed in Hong Kong

I refer to the report ("Deaths of dogs may see ban on paraquat", November 18). I completely support the ban of this dangerous herbicide Gramoxone.

Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 2:06am

Deaths of dogs may see ban on paraquat

Gisela Cheung, whose pet dog GoGo was poisoned by paraquat.

Government officials are considering imposing a ban on over-the-counter sales of the weed killer paraquat, which has been linked to a series of dog deaths.

A review has been launched into the widely used but highly toxic pesticide, which is banned in many countries, but freely available in Hong Kong. It may result in sales being restricted through a permit system.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Talking points

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

Ex-development chief to report back to ICAC

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Pesticide use blasted as risk to children, pets

The Hong Kong government has been accused of being 'totally irresponsible' over health risks to humans and pets by failing to control adequately the use of potentially dangerous chemicals to kill weeds and mosquitoes.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1980

Nairobi, January 7

Naturalist and author Joy Adamson was murdered and three of her former employees were being questioned, according to police.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

US should work with Vietnamese

I refer to the article headlined, 'Eyes closed to Agent Orange' (South China Morning Post, August 26).

19 Sep 2000 - 12:00am


Most crops are altered genetically for higher yields, greater resistance and to be more nutritious.

But the Roundup Ready soybeans said to be used in three local soya milk and dessert products are chiefly designed to tolerate a specific herbicide.

2 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Abandoned chemical 'not Agent Orange'

Claims that a mysterious chemical unearthed at a local airfield was a forgotten store of Vietnam War-era Agent Orange may finally be dismissed.

Agriculture Department officials said tests of the chemical found no trace of the toxins 2,4,5-T or 2,4-D - crucial elements of the defoliant that researchers fear causes birth defects and cancer.

7 Apr 1999 - 12:00am


I refer to the report by Anne Stewart headlined, 'Dangerous herbicide sprayed' (South China Morning Post, June 22), and your editorial on the same day headlined, 'Dangerous substance'.

27 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Dangerous herbicide sprayed

A toxic herbicide banned in 90 countries is being sprayed throughout the SAR.

Yet an Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) spokesman has called paraquat one of the most 'environmentally friendly' herbicides available.

22 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Dangerous substance

Given Hong Kong's recent history of food scares and poisoning outbreaks, it might be expected that government officials would err on the side of caution in sanctioning the use of any toxic chemical which is likely to find its way into the food chain.

22 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Reducing risk to humans and animals

I refer to the letter from Sally Andersen headlined, 'Deadly herbicide - young children vulnerable', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on June 1.

Paraquat is a broad-spectrum and fast-acting herbicide.

11 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Deadly herbicide - young children vulnerable

On the night of Saturday, May 23, despite the veterinary surgeon's best attempts, my beloved dog died from herbicide poisoning after suffering horribly for three days.

1 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Agent Orange guilt helps heal wounds

ADMIRAL Elmo Zumwalt, the man who ordered the spraying of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War, said yesterday he felt a 'special responsibility to heal the wounds of war'.

He became the highest ranking US forces veteran to meet former Vietnamese enemies when he held a private session with President Le Duc Anh and military mastermind, General Vo Nguyen Giap.

11 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

'Our pets are being poisoned'

PET owners on Lamma claim their dogs are being poisoned as part of a hate campaign by locals.

One animal lover says she can no longer bear to stay on the island after two of her dogs were killed last week.

31 Oct 1993 - 12:00am