Date
18 December 2017
(Clockwise from left) A cow is made to pull a wooden cart with as many as 10 passengers; lambs are tied up to make it easier for visitors to feed them; a boar is kept in a steel cage just about a meter tall. Photo: www.inmediahk.net
(Clockwise from left) A cow is made to pull a wooden cart with as many as 10 passengers; lambs are tied up to make it easier for visitors to feed them; a boar is kept in a steel cage just about a meter tall. Photo: www.inmediahk.net

Tao Tong Park accused of cruelty to animals

The Tai Tong Organic Ecopark has been accused of cruelty to animals.

The park, owned by Heung Yee Kuk member Leung Fuk-yuen, allegedly forced cows to pull a wooden cart with eight to 10 passengers and tied up lambs to make it easier for tourists to feed them, Apple Daily reported.

Boars were kept in a steel cage only one metre tall, while three peacocks were in another cage above the boars, according to the newspaper.

Leung has denied charges that animals were being treated cruelly or the park is using the animals to make money.

The park earlier figured in another controversy after an Audit Commission report revealed it has illegally occupied government land and some stuctures inside the park were illegal.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it is concerned with the situation, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the practices described constituted cruelty to animals.

The park levies a HK$30 entrance fee per person, while visitors have to pay extra to see additional “animal attractions”, the report said.

Solicitor Vitus Leung said since the animals are being used not just for exhibition, the park may need to apply for a licence.

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