Weds 4th August: A lesson in forgiveness

I finally made it to see the dentist, a full two and a half hours-worth in the chair (saw a whole movie), and by the time I emerged, mouth numb and not able to speak properly, I had nine new messages on my phone, all urgent of course.  I had to go on to a meeting and arrived late, just as it was winding up, so headed back to Lamma to find that there were about sixty unread emails waiting for me.   I started to cook something for dinner, went back upstairs for a few minutes, and when I got back the entire meal had disappeared, along with two wooden spoons, the remains of which were lying splintered on the floor next to the licked-clean pan.  I have to admit I had a mini meltdown at that point, while the dogs backed away and stood watching from a safe distance.  I have to hand it to them, they know when’s not a good time to be around, and they are suddenly and miraculously transformed into quiet angels.  They are also very forgiving and understanding, as minutes later it was back to business as usual, everything forgotten.

An article in Time Out was posted on Facebook by a few people, and I now know who was responsible for getting the seventeen bulldogs from the breeder.  It’s kind of funny that I should find out that way, and also funny that while it was all cloak-and-dagger stuff at the time, the go-between was quite happy to talk about it to a reporter from Time Out.  I do know that William Hung has been doing this sort of thing for a while, but next time he can speak to me direct and drop the secrecy.

Time Out Hong Kong – stories, interviews and guides about Hong Kong | A canine crisis

It’s difficult to know whether helping the breeders to clear out their old dogs (sometimes they are paid money) is actually doing any good.  From the dogs’ point of view of course, being saved from further breeding, or being abandoned somewhere, is denitely the best thing that could happen, but is it making it too easy for these (illegal) breeders?  It’s the same as the pet shops who get rid of their sick or older puppies the same way.  They seem to find their way to rescue organisations somehow (no doubt with William’s help a lot of the time), but I know they are paid, even if it’s a discounted price.

There are always two sides to every argument.  While we complain that AFCD make it too easy for people to simply hand over their dogs, no questions asked, microchipped or not, they say that at least it stops the dogs from being dumped on the street.  I think it all comes back to one undeniable point which is that the problem has to be dealt with at source, meaning the end of uncontrolled breeding and selling of dogs and puppies, banning the sale of home-bred puppies in pet shops (even banning the sale of puppies in pet shops completely) and, in my mind, making desexing compulsory for all dogs.  Including non-owned dogs, which could be desexed and rabies vaccinated before being put back, in other words Trap, Neuter and Return.

I have been saying for years that the only thing that will persuade the government to do something rather than just talking, is for the general public to stand up and demand changes.  Many of you will know from a recent march, widely publicised on Facebook, that there is now a ground-swell of public opinion which is growing day by day, and another demonstration is already being organised for Saturday 21st August.  Details are all over Facebook again and this time, just maybe, the numbers will be big enough that the message will get across.


5 Responses to “Weds 4th August: A lesson in forgiveness”

  1. Alison Says:

    I don’t see much difference in the breeders getting paid by the pets shop or by this William Hung guy, either way they are receiving money to carry on with what they are doing.
    I understand he means well and that he is saving many individual dogs but isn’t he just contributing to the wider picture by making the lives of these breeders easier!?

    And I’m just open mouthed and shocked at the ‘loophole’ of anyone being able to sell their puppies to a pet shop if they just simply say it is their pets puppy, I’m not sure where to begin on that, its just so ridiculous.

  2. suekuok Says:

    I know there will be a large number of volunteers attending the ‘big march’ on August 21st. Let’s band together and I’m making signs to get the message across. “AFCD – Hong Kong’s killing dept” ” TNVR – Trap Neuter Vaccinate Release, no more unwanted puppies” “STOP THE KILLINGS – NOW!!” I hope there will be a big turnout on that day, we need your support!

    • Sally Says:

      I think the major point is that the killings can’t stop unless the numbers of dogs are controlled. There are too many puppies being born and too many being sold to irresponsible people. The government has to make a choice: either they stop the uncontrolled breeding and sale of dogs, or they accept that dogs are now part of society and cut the bans on dogs in public housing, parks, and just about everywhere else, as well as improving laws regarding their welfare. They want it both ways.

  3. Helen Y Says:

    Killing should not be the only mean for population control, it should be supplemented with appropriate laws and enforcement on breeders, pet sales, illegal import, abuse, abandon, desex, license, etc. A reform of Hong Kong’s animal laws and AFCD function analysis/improvement is urgently needed.

  4. chris Says:

    I also have to say I don’t really get the keep them off the street argument. Perhaps I’m missing some salient point, but back home we have pleny of stray dogs. Everywhere. Theyre not pretty but they’re not very dangerous either, just a constant reminder of what results from dereliction of duty. I also agree that it’s time to fight this one like a war. It’s hard to stay smart when confronted with litters of beautiful pups, but we do need to keep the big picture in mind. If we want euthanizations to end, we need to be prepared to let the few die for the benefit of the many. I certainly would hope that there was another way to handle the issue, but I’m unaware of one. I guess we could wait for the government to help, lol. But maybe if he streets were overrun with dogs, and trash strewn everywhere, then people would have to confront the consequences of failing to remember that the pet you adopt today will be a family member for up to 20 years.

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