Blind union hopes story of Quill will get authorities barking up the right tree A local organisation is hoping the popularity of Japanese movie Quill will help sway opinion on the use of guide dogs by the blind. Blind Union chairman Chong Chan-yau said his group would study the feasibility of introducing guide dogs into Hong Kong, despite animals now being banned from public transport and most housing estates. 'The first thing we will consider is sending some of our members for training overseas,' Mr Chong said. Councillor and former union chairman Leung Kwong-wing said Quill, named for the guide dog that is its central character, had raised awareness about the needs of the blind. 'It is a good opportunity for us to launch a campaign for the introduction of guide dogs into Hong Kong,' Mr Leung said. He said the city was unaccommodating to guide dogs, use of which the government did not endorse. About 70,000 people in Hong Kong are registered as blind or visually impaired. Mr Leung said he had previously visited Australia to undergo a training course with a guide dog, which he had initially hoped to bring to Hong Kong. 'But I later found out the management of the building in which my office is located does not allow dogs, so I had to give up my plan,' he said. The union wrote to the Equal Opportunities Commission last year calling for the Disability Discrimination Ordinance to be amended to cover guide dog owners. A commission spokesman said it supported any move that could improve the lives of people with disabilities. 'In certain situations, people who rely on guide dogs would already enjoy protection under the indirect discrimination provisions,' the spokesman said. 'That would be judged on a case-by-case basis. 'For example, a person with a guide dog who is refused entry to a bus, taxi or restaurant could claim indirect discrimination. It would then be up to the service provider to justify the action,' he said.