Children probably think they are just playing when they hurt harmless animals, so it’s the responsibility of their parents and teachers to tell them that what they’re doing is wrong.
That’s what netizens said after bird lover Fredrick Lau published a picture of bird feathers glued to the ground on Facebook on Thursday.
According to Lau, he was walking along To Kwa Wan Recreation Ground recently when he noticed a boy trying to catch a sparrow by using glue to trap the bird on the playground.
Apparently, this has been going on for quite some time, and primary school pupils in the area who are doing this are obviously unaware of the gravity of their action.
Lau took the bird from the boy, cleaned up the glue on its body and set the bird free.
He said he felt sad that adults in the playground did not stop the boy or chastise him for his cruel behavior.
It was not the first time he witnessed incidents of cruelty to animals, Lau said, noting that he has also seen children chasing pigeons with cricket bats in the park.
While some netizens said police should be called to handle such incidents, others called on parents and teachers to educate children on the importance of respecting and protecting the lives of animals.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the student in question caused the bird unnecessary injury and pain.
If an adult is convicted of such an offense, they could be jailed for up to three years and fined as much as HK$200,000, Headline Daily reported.
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