On different festivals, it is customary for citizens to release animals. DAB Legislative Council member Ho Chun-yin raised a question at the Legislative Council meeting today (31 December), saying that many organisms are aggressive and that their release will affect the local ecology, denouncing the authorities' insufficient law enforcement capacity, and urging the Mainland's "Regulations on the Management of Aquatic Organisms Proliferation and Release" to legislate and regulate the release of animals.

The Secretary for the Environment and Ecology, Mr Tse Chin-wan, said that the Government's publicity and education efforts had been effective, the release of freshwater animals into saltwater was no longer common, and the Government had not prosecuted anyone under the Cruelty to Animals Ordinance on the day of Buddha's birthday (26 June). However, he pointed out that the Ordinance will also be amended in the future to increase the penalty and deterrent power, and it is expected to be introduced into the Legislative Council for consideration by the end of this year or early next year.

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Xie Zhanhuan said that the legislation on the release of animals is very controversial, and it is not easy to reach a consensus on consultation

DAB legislator Ge Peifan pointed out that the government needs to have independent legislation to release animals. In this regard, Xie Zhanhuan said that rushing legislation is not suitable, and it is not easy to reach consensus in many consultations in the past, and it is necessary to slowly promote the proliferation and release of popular behavior, so as to change customs and customs, and then legislate at that time.

Stocking refers to the release of fish artificially in fish farms to the wild to increase the number of existing fish stocks in the waters.

Xie Weijun said that for the sake of life, legislation should be enacted as soon as possible Guo Wei strongly banned the release of non-native species

Tse Wai-chun, a member of the Legislative Council of the Election Commission, said that it is difficult to change customs, but recently "even the organs of dead people are tense, and they are frightened, pulled and locked", and asked "What is the point of understanding (animal) life?" , urging legislation as soon as possible.

Kwok Wai-keung, a member of the Legislative Council of the Federation of Trade Unions, questioned that it was too late to discover the ecological impact of the release, and urged a ban on the release of non-native species in Hong Kong. Xie Zhanhuan gave an example that Sabahloon is aggressive, but it has no reproductive ability, and the impact is only temporary.

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