The Legislative Council Subcommittee to Study Issues Relating to Animal Rights conducted a site visit to the Chong Hing Water Sports Centre and the Outward Bound Hong Kong yesterday, 14 November, to understand the ecological environment of the site for relocated stray cattle and the installation of cattle grid.
Accompanied by representatives of the Food and Health Bureau and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), Members first visited the Chong Hing Water Sports Centre to obtain first hand understanding of the ecological environment of the site for the relocation of cattle. Members then observed the cattle grid, a type of barrier installed on the road surface confining cattle to a certain area, at the Outward Bound Hong Kong.
During the visit, Members received a briefing by the representatives of AFCD on their work in management of stray cattle, such as the implementation of the “Capture-Sterilisation-Relocation” programme.
Members who participated in the site visit were the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Dr Chiang Lai-wan, Subcommittee members Dr Elizabeth Quat, Mr Chu Hoi-dick and Mr Lau Kwok-fan.
Karina O’Carroll, of Sai Kung Buffalo Watch (SKBW) said that they, and Sai Kung Cattle Angels (SKCA), were aware of the visit, and that both groups would continue to monitor the health and welfare of the cattle all around the Sai Kung region and continue to work with all relevant parties such as AFCD, the HK Police and SPCA in regards to their continued care. They will also continue their 8+ year campaign to get one cattle grid installed to help manage the movements of feral cattle. Both groups will also continue to request speed reduction measures be installed by the Transport Department as well as better driver education in regards to driving in the area.