Hong Kong Charity Tries to Stop Animal Abuse

Effort follows mans arrest for breaking legs of cats.

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A Hong Kong-based charity, Animals Asia Foundation, is launching a public awareness campaign with the Hong Kong Police Department in efforts to reduce animal abuse in China, the China News Agency reported.

In view of recent animal-abusing incidents, we feel it very much an urgency to initiate education programs to curb such activities, said Jill Robinson, founder of the foundation.

In one recent case, a 19-year-old Hong Kong man was arrested for breaking the legs of four cats with his bare hands and dumping the animals on a Hong Kong Street.

Animals Asia Foundation, with the help of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, will distribute educational materials including leaflets, posters, cards and videos to help people become responsible pet owners.

Robinson said the foundation efforts include its popular Professor Paws program, in which children learn how to care for animals and improve their English-speaking skills. About 1,300 students have participated in the Professor Paws program.

Posted: March 20, 2006, 3 p.m. EST

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