Police arrested two elderly people yesterday on suspicion of smuggling dog meat into the city after a fellow diner at a local restaurant dropped the dime on them to local police.
HK01 reports that just after 10:40am on Monday, police received a call from a 52-year-old woman surnamed Liu. She told officers that she was sitting at a restaurant inside the Kwai Shing East Shopping Centre in Kwai Chung when she overheard a conversation between two people sitting at the next table about a bag of dog meat that one of them was purportedly carrying at the restaurant.
Police arrived at the restaurant shortly afterwards and intercepted the two people — a 76-year-old woman surnamed Wong, and a 77-year-old man surnamed Chan — standing outside the restaurant and found about 850 grammes of suspected dog meat in a plastic bag. They were arrested on the spot.
According to Apple Daily, Wong is believed to have bought the dog meat on the mainland and then smuggled it into Hong Kong to resell to Chan.
Although dog meat is a delicacy in the mainland, and in much of the rest of Asia, it’s against the law to eat cat or dog meat in Hong Kong.
Under the Dogs and Cats Ordinance (yes, that’s actually what it’s called), it’s against the law to slaughter or sell any cats or dogs for food, or even to possess any cat or dog meat that might reasonably lead one to believe the animal had been slaughtered for food. Anyone found to be in violation of the ordinance is liable for a HK$5,000 (US$643) fine and up to six months in jail.
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