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Thousands march in Hong Kong against animal cruelty, urging tougher penalties

Police suspect that the dog was killed after being thrown from the roof of a 23-storey residential block.

CATHERINE LAI: ‘Thousands of Hongkongers marched on Sunday against animal cruelty, calling on the government to legislate an animal welfare law and impose heavier penalties for abusers. The march was organised by AnimalSaverHK, a volunteer-led group of animals lovers, following recent local cases of animals being harmed or killed.

In one case that attracted widespread attention, police arrested the owner of a Japanese spitz for animal cruelty at the end of March. Police suspect that the dog was killed after being thrown from the roof of a 23-storey residential block in Cheung Sha Wan…

The marchers held a vigil at Central’s Chater Garden for the Japanese spitz, named Siu Bak. They chanted slogans such as “You don’t have to love them, but don’t hurt them,” and carried signs with Siu Bak’s photo on them. Others carried signs saying they had no political affiliation, as some expressed support for protecting the “furry kids”.’ SOURCE…

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