A tegu lizard is seen at the opening of a pet expo showcasing rare species of amphibians and insects in Hong Kong in June. The Hong Kong government has proposed to update existing legislation to introduce a duty of care on animal keepers, such that they will be legally obliged to provide for the welfare needs of their animals. Photo: Nora Tam

Why Hong Kong needs to focus on animal welfare more than animal rights

  • Many people seem to think that animal rights and animal welfare are synonymous terms, but this is not the case
  • Animal welfare recognises they may be used in acceptable ways but makes humans responsible to ensure they are treated with respect and have a good life
Topic |   Animal rights in China

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A tegu lizard is seen at the opening of a pet expo showcasing rare species of amphibians and insects in Hong Kong in June. The Hong Kong government has proposed to update existing legislation to introduce a duty of care on animal keepers, such that they will be legally obliged to provide for the welfare needs of their animals. Photo: Nora Tam
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