In Hong Kong, the Dogs and Cats Ordinance was introduced by the British Hong Kong Government on 6 January 1950. It prohibits the slaughter of any dog or cat for use as food by fine and imprisonment. In February 1998, a Hong Konger was sentenced to one month imprisonment and a fine of two thousand HK dollars for hunting street dogs for food. Four local men were sentenced to 30 days imprisonment in December 2006 for having slaughtered two dogs.
Dogs and Cats Regulations
(Cap. 167, section 3)
- Slaughter of dog or cat for food prohibited. Onus of proof (E.R. 1 of 2018) (1)No person shall slaughter any dog or cat for use as food whether for mankind or otherwise.
(2)No person shall sell or use or permit the sale or use of the flesh of dogs and cats for food.
(3)Any person who is found in possession of the carcass of any dog or cat or any part thereof in such circumstances as would reasonably give rise to a belief that such dog or cat was being or had been slaughtered or sold or used for food in breach of this regulation shall be guilty of an offence against paragraph (1) or (2), as the case may be, unless he is able to satisfy a magistrate that he has not in fact committed any breach of paragraph (1) or (2), as the case may be.
Any person who contravenes regulation 22(1) or (2) shall be liable to a fine of $5,000 and to imprisonment for 6 months.