AFCD detects suspected sale of dog meat at H$328 for 2 catties on Facebook, launches investigation

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19th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced today, that it has discovered online advertisements pertaining to the suspected sale of dog meat during routine online surveillance. Swiftly responding to the findings, the AFCD has initiated an investigation and intends to collaborate with the Police in further inquiries.

A Facebook page has openly advertised the sale of “dog meat” at a price of HK$328 for two catties. The incident has prompted an investigation by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and several media outlets have reported on this disturbing act. Shockingly, the individuals behind the page have brazenly commented beneath the posts, expressing gratitude for the increased visibility and stating that the news coverage has generated more traffic and customers. They boast about their high demand, claiming that they are too busy to respond to comments and are focused on delivering the best taste possible.

The AFCD is diligently examining the activities and posts associated with the suspected online shop to gather substantial evidence. Should sufficient evidence be obtained, the department is prepared to initiate prosecution procedures.

Under the Dogs and Cats Regulations (Cap. 167A), it is explicitly stated that no individual shall engage in the slaughter of dogs or cats for human consumption or any other purpose. Additionally, the sale or utilisation of dog and cat flesh for food is strictly prohibited. If found guilty, individuals can face a maximum fine of $5,000 and a prison sentence of up to six months.

The AFCD is resolute in its stance that any form of illegal activity will not be tolerated. The department is committed to upholding the law and will diligently pursue all violations. In light of these developments, the public is urged to refrain from purchasing cat or dog meat. If any suspicious instances of illegal sale activity are observed, it is advised to promptly report them by contacting 1823.