Please support better regulation of pet trade 請支持加強寵物買賣監管

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.

Sandy Macalister
Executive Director SPCA

在香港,市民偶爾會碰到難得的機會,在防止虐待動物上踏出重要一步,並改善動物福利;漁護署近日所提出的建議,旨在加強寵物買賣監管,正是絕佳的例子。

如果建議修訂獲得通過,新法例便能監管所謂的「業餘繁殖者」。這些「業餘繁殖者」目前不受監管,任意妄為,是使大量狗隻受到不必要痛苦的元兇。與此同時,新法例並不會侵犯公眾購買狗隻的權利,而對真正希望保障動物福利的持牌繁殖業者,也不會影響他們的正當生計。

新建議對任何繁殖狗隻買賣強制執行發牌,以堵塞現有漏洞,並要求業界達到一定的最低標準,同時大力加重非法繁殖的罰款,並賦予政府部門巡察和吊銷牌照的權利。

在協會這裡,我們每天都看見寵物買賣業界缺乏監管帶來的惡果:繁殖用的動物在狹小骯髒的籠子裡長年不見天日、街上被遺棄的動物,而被買賣的幼犬當中,患病、死亡的為數者眾。由此可見,立法是刻不容緩的事情,一旦通過,將產生正面的影響。

愛護動物協會樂見政府採取主動性,並呼籲普羅大眾支持是次建議。這次收緊法例其實經已是姍姍來遲,香港實在不能失去這次寶貴機會去改善動物福利。

香港人支持建立和諧共融的人道社會,這是一個越來越顯而易見的事實。若我們能夠藉此機會支持收緊法例,便能在往後數十年間,向數以萬計的狗隻在法律上提供更佳保障,影響深遠,為帶領本港邁向正確道路的踏出重要一步。

 

The new legislation will make this type of cruelty a thing of the past.