Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Why It’s So Hard to Train Guide Dogs in Hong Kong

Why It’s So Hard to Train Guide Dogs in Hong Kong

There are fewer than 40 serving guide dogs in the city, or around one guide dog for every 4,300 visually impaired people; the International Guide Dog Federation says ideally there should be one guide dog for every 100. It’s hard to train more partly because existing laws and regulations only acknowledge the use of guide dogs for the visually impaired, not the trainers.

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Spend a purr-fect afternoon reading with cats

Spend a purr-fect afternoon reading with cats

A 38-year-old bookstore in North Point is a home to decades-old books and more than 30 homeless cats.

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Local Meat Disappearing from Hong Kong Tables

Local Meat Disappearing from Hong Kong Tables

Hong Kong’s livestock industry is not only shrinking and lacking in government support; the city doesn’t have enough experienced vets, resulting in a system with “industry outsiders leading the industry insiders.” Can the rise of locally grown food change this?

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Raising Hope – The Future of Dolphins

Raising Hope – The Future of Dolphins

The plight of an injured dolphin, later named Hope, in waters off Lantau island drew public attention to the dangers facing the Chinese White Dolphins around Hong Kong. Hope’s eventual death led to calls for a protocol on dealing with the rescue of injured sea mammals in Hong Kong waters, and for greater monitoring of local dolphin watching tours.

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Stop and Look at the Birds

Stop and Look at the Birds

Hong Kong is a paradise for birds, and a paradise for birdwatchers. Conservationists say Hong Kong has good laws on bird protection and world-class wetland habitats, But as Varsity finds out, unrelenting development and poor awareness among the general public could threaten the environment for birds.

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Not One Less – Mark Mak’s Animal Revolution

Not One Less – Mark Mak’s Animal Revolution

Mark Mak Chi-ho has been a screenwriter and a tennis coach. Now, he has embarked on a third career as an animal crusader. Here, here. the founder of the Non-Profit-Making Veterinary Service tells Varsity he wants to rescue and save every abandoned, stray or injured animal from abuse and euthanasia.

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Leading the Way

Leading the Way

Guide dogs for the blind are making a comeback in Hong Kong. Two groups are training a new generation of guide-dogs by enlisting the help of “puppy walkers” who help young dogs learn how to socialise with humans and navigate around the city. Varsity finds out what it takes for a puppy to become a guide dog.

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Calls for Tougher Laws and Animal Police to Stop Animal Abuse in Hong Kong

Calls for Tougher Laws and Animal Police to Stop Animal Abuse in Hong Kong

Editors: Carmen Shih,Cherry Ge    Reporters: Natalie Cheng, Rene Lam, Derek Li Hong Kong lacks animal police and specific treatments for animal abusers In November, a photograph of a stray cat in Sau Mau Ping, bleeding from its mouth was uploaded onto social networking sites and was immediately widely shared. This was picked up by the […]

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Snake King

Snake King

Hong Kong is home to more than 50 species of snakes, some of which are poisonous. The territory also boasts a tradition of “snake kings”, trained snake handlers who are experts at capturing wild snakes. Although snake kings also offer health tonics and delicacies made from snakes, they also work with conservationists to protect local snakes while keeping them away from humans.

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Animal Paradise or Prison?

Animal Paradise or Prison?

There is greater awareness of animal welfare and rights as groups push for a bill against cruelty to animals in China. But Varsity finds some animals still being kept in cramped conditions and made to perform at a leading Guangdong safari park.

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