On Friday 3 September, the Law Faculty's Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort and Dr Fiona Woodhouse Deputy Director (Welfare) of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) published an empirical study of animal cruelty cases in Hong Kong. The study was funded by the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the HKSAR government. It examined 335 cruelty cases in the SPCA's police investigation database from 2013 to 2019 and identified patterns of offending, including which types of animals are most at risk and in what circumstances.
- a duty of care for animals to be introduced to compliment current anti-cruelty legislation;
- regulations to control grooming parlours, animal trainers and boarding facilities;
- new offences to deter animal poisoners;
- improved regulations to control the use of traps;
- a new offence to combat animals falling from heights; and
- prohibitions on mercy release of wild animals.