At the III Global Animal Law Conference on May 4th and 5th 2018, Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort called on the Hong Kong government to step up the introduction of a duty of care to benefit all animals in the city.
Back in 2010, Amanda and Dr Fiona Woodhouse of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) published the HKU-SPCA Review of Animal Welfare Legislation in Hong Kong, recommending a new Animal Welfare Law in replacement of the existing Cap 169, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance to impose a positive duty of care for animals. In response to the report, the government amended Cap 139B to introduce a duty of care for dogs in commercial breeding. Nevertheless, Amanda believed that only with the full replacement of Cap 169 with a new Animal Welfare Law will Hong Kong law be in a position to adequately address the instances of cruelty and poisonings.
During the Conference, experienced legal thinkers and writers in the area of animal law from different parts of the world exchanged their thoughts and experience in different jurisdictions; including Professor Mike Radford of the University of Aberdeen, who was instrumental in assisting the UK government in incorporating duty of care provisions in the United Kingdom’s Animal Welfare Act in 2006.
Ms Amanda Whitfort addressing the prospects of animal welfare legislation in Hong Kong.
Professor Mike Radford of the University of Aberdeen speaking on animal protection legislation.