Animals

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National Animal

Panda

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

Mahatma Gandhi

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Dolphins, whales, sea turtle, stingrays, fishes.

Birds:

Cockatoos, parrots, sparrows, robins, magpies, egrets, doves.

Land mammals:

Bats, macaques, monkeys, buffaloes, porcupines, muntjacs, otters, mongooses.

Snakes and insects:

Butterflies, beetles, lizards, turtles, skinks, snakes.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Live fish, seafood and chicken are delivered to the wet markets and killed upon request. Stray dogs and cats can be seen in the streets, but the animal shelters are making efforts to help them and to encourage public to adopt.

In the
Countryside

Stray dogs and cats can be sometimes seen in the more rural parts as well.

General animal welfare issues

Animal activists and animal welfare organizations encourage every concerned citizen to be vigilant on animal issues since animal cruelty is hard to prove under the existing law. The animal must have physical signs of maltreatment to punish the violator. Also, the current legislation does not put much emphasis on addressing animal welfare issues such as their basic needs and proper care and handling

Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is legal in the country as stated in the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Cap. 170) in 1976. A permit is required. Main animals hunted are wild pigs.

Animal fights:

Animal fighting is a form of cruelty identified under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, Cap 169.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

SPCA HK

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

N/A

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it is unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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