Five Vietnamese nationals arrested in Mong Kok for suspected sale of cat and dog meat in unlicensed eatery

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1st March 2024 – (Hong Kong) Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), in collaboration with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Hong Kong Police Force, conducted a joint operation on Thursday, targeting a location in Mong Kok suspected of selling dog and cat meat. The AFCD received recent reports indicating that individuals were selling dog and cat meat for consumption at a premises on 628-632A, Shanghai Street. In response, the AFCD, along with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the police, carried out a surprise raid. Approximately 35 kilograms of suspected dog and cat meat, intended for consumption, were seized by AFCD officials at the premises. The seized meat has been sent for testing, and the results are awaited. If the tests confirm that the meat is indeed dog or cat meat, relevant individuals will face prosecution.

According to reports, four men and one woman, all of Vietnamese nationality, were arrested. Four of them were holding recognizance papers, while one was found to have entered the country illegally. The premises in question is a unit located on Shanghai Street, near Fife Street, occupying an area of approximately 500 square feet. The unit contains a kitchen, a living room with dining furniture, and three rooms, including two bedrooms and a room with two dining tables. Investigating officers discovered several pieces of evidence at the scene, including the 35 kilograms of suspected dog and cat meat, cooking utensils, Vietnamese-language menus offering dog and cat meat dishes, and business records.

Prior to the raid, AFCD personnel had provided information and intelligence to the police, indicating the involvement of a 50-year-old Vietnamese man in the sale of dog meat at the location. Two men and one woman, aged between 16 and 43, were identified as being responsible for the transportation of the dishes. On the afternoon of 29th February, AFCD, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Mong Kok Police District conducted a surprise search of the premises and discovered frozen dog and cat meat, cooking utensils, and Vietnamese-language food menus.

Based on preliminary investigations, the four individuals mentioned above are suspected of offences including “cruelty to animals,” “operating a food establishment without a license,” and “breaching conditions of stay,” and have been arrested. Additionally, another 33-year-old Vietnamese man was present at the premises and claimed to be visiting a friend. It was found that he had illegally entered Hong Kong after an illicit journey from Vietnam to mainland China. Consequently, he has been arrested on charges of “illegal entry.” According to investigations, the premises had been in operation for approximately six months and exclusively served the Vietnamese community.