ANIMAL lovers want to educate pet owners using television. Agriculture and Fisheries Department staff believe programmes on responsible pet ownership will help curb abuse. Unanswered applications for public funding have prompted staff to consider seeking private sponsors. Experts say dog attacks and animal abuse cases could be significantly reduced through public education. Hong Kong and Kowloon Kennel Association president Wai Kee-shun said television would be the best medium for such advice. 'People learn a lot and more quickly from audiovisual items as they are more interesting and accessible,' Mr Wai said. A department proposal to muzzle dogs was draconian and would be unnecessary if education were improved, Mr Wai said. More than 2,300 cases of dog bites were recorded last year.