Every so often, Hong Kong is offered an opportunity to take significant steps against animal cruelty and improving animal welfare.
The AFCD’s recent proposed legislation regarding Better Regulating Pet Trading to Enhance Animal Health and Welfare is such an opportunity.
If accepted and approved, this proposed new legislation addresses and prevents a huge area of cruelty and unnecessary suffering for dogs, namely that of the unlicensed, unregulated and unscrupulous , ‘hobby breeders’. This legislation would not impinge on the public’s right to purchase a dog of their choice, or the right of a breeder who has a genuine concern for animal welfare, to operate a legitimate business.
The new proposals address the mandatory licensing of all breeding for sale in order to close loopholes and set minimum standards while also substantially increasing the penalties for unlicensed breeding. It provides the power to inspect and the power to revoke licenses.
The SPCA sees the effects of this un-governed cruel trade on a daily basis. Breeding animals confined to small filthy cages for years at a time, abandoned animals and a trade in puppies of which a significant proportion are already diseased or sick. We can see how desperately needed this legislation is and how much of a positive impact its approval would be.
The SPCA applauds our Government for this initiative and urges the Hong Kong public to support the proposals. Hong Kong can simply not afford to miss such an opportunity to improve animal welfare, especially when it’s an action that is so overdue.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the people of Hong Kong support a more humane society. The opportunity for us to show our support of this legislation and provide increased protection for the tens of thousands of dogs it will affect over the next decades, is a significant step in the right direction.
Executive Director SPCA
The new legislation will make this type of cruelty a thing of the past.