Govt plans to expand no-feeding zone of wild animals to whole HK and impose HK$100,000 fine and 1-year imprisonment for illegal feeding

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5th July 2022 – (Hong Kong) In November last year, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) suspended the Capture and Contraception/Relocation Programme (CCRP) pilot scheme launched in 2017 to address wild boar nuisance in urban areas.

The government plans to further expand measures to deal with the nuisance of wild boars, and proposes to expand the no-feeding zone for wild animals to the whole Hong Kong, with a maximum fine of HK$100,000 and a one-year prison sentence for illegal feeding. The Environment and Ecology Bureau submitted a document to the Legislative Council stating that wild boar feeding activities have been the main cause of the nuisance problem of wild boars in recent years. The authorities said that they had considered extending the no-feeding zone to only the feeding black spots on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, but considering the possible relocation of feeders and the difficulty of law enforcement, they believed that the no-feeding zone should be extended to the whole territory and resources should be concentrated. Enforcement is carried out in and around the areas most affected by wild boar nuisance. With the substantial expansion of the no-feeding area, the AFCD needs to increase its manpower and resources in wild boar management. The AFCD will first try to deal with the enforcement work through internal resource allocation and a risk-based enforcement strategy.

In addition, the government proposed to revise the relevant penalties to increase the maximum penalty from the current HK$10,000 to HK$100,000 and imprisonment for one year for illegal feeding of wild animals. As for the fixed penalty for illegal feeding of wild animals within the no-feeding zone, the proposed amount is HK$5,000.

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