Animal rights activists slam SPCA charity for euthanising 5,000 animals a year

Animal activists hit SPCA on euthanasia.

The city's leading animal welfare charity yesterday found itself the target of a protest by animal welfare activists. They accuse it of making rash decisions on euthanasia and refusing to consider the views of animal rights groups.

Monday, 25 November, 2013, 10:45am 4 comments

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

Letters to the Editor, April 17, 2013

Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, convenor of the Alliance for True Democracy. Photo: May Tse

Michael Chugani refers to Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, convener of the new Alliance for True Democracy, saying "that the democrats just want the chief executive to have the right to tell mainland leaders that China should replace one-party rule with a democratic multiparty system".

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 3 comments

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

There are many ways to find a lost dog

Hugo (front) and Maximo Serrano-Chan play with Fung Fung (blue collar) and Mora.Photo: Nora Tam

We were preparing a Sunday barbecue a week after moving into our new home the night Fung Fung ran away. Our dogs used to run in and out of our old house without problems, so we were relaxed about leaving the front door open. But that was a mistake.

25 Nov 2012 - 11:20am

Who said it?

Greg Edmonds is selling Twinkies on the internet

I figure I better sell them pretty quickly because I am not sure how long this novelty is going to last

Greg Edmonds, a Texan selling Twinkies on the internet


The only correct option is [for China and its neighbours] to strengthen co-ordination and co-operation through the difficult times

Premier Wen Jiabao


19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am

Relax park rule to let SPCA neuter stray cats there: Welfare groups

A woman feeding a stray cat in Mid-levels. Photo: Joanna Chiu

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wants the government to end the ban on it operating in the city's parks, a measure it says hinders efforts to reduce the population of stray cats.

Public parks are ideal habitats for feral cats, but the government's concern is that the SPCA's presence would encourage irresponsible owners to dump their pets in parks.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:21am

Rise in pet owners discarding exotic animals

Dr Fiona Woodhouse cradles a hedgehog, deemed unsuitable for Hong Kong, at the SPCA's headquarters in Wan Chai. Photo: May Tse

A rising number of exotic animals have been found abandoned on the street and even in an MTR station after owners who bought them out of impulse later lost interest, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

3 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Two dogs rescued and two dead in flat

Two severely malnourished mongrels rescued from a To Kwa Wan flat are believed to have eaten the remains of two other dogs to survive.

The dogs were found by firefighters on Sunday night after neighbours in the Mei King Mansion reported a foul odour coming from a flat on the 13th floor.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Animal magic

Under pressure to abandon your pet from friends or family members? Tell them these facts:

Research in the UK has shown that:

- Children with pets are less likely to fall ill.

- Pet ownership adds 18 days to their annual school attendance.

12 May 2003 - 12:00am

'I became your best friend . . . how could you?'

A letter 'written' by an abandoned dog to his owner before being put down has been sent to SPCA members as part of the campaign to stop pets being left.

The piece, entitled How could you? by American writer Jim Willis, was e-mailed to about 2,000 SPCA members last week.

6 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Pet protection

Details provided by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of its proposed 'no-kill' policy offer a radical approach to a problem largely ignored for too long.

The statistics are alarming: between 1,000 and 2,000 dogs are destroyed in Hong Kong each month by the SPCA and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

6 Apr 2002 - 12:00am