Weekly News Digest 17 August 2015

Date: 22 August 2015

The following are the key stories concerning environmental issues in Hong Kong for the week 17-23 August.

On wildlife conservation:

Protecting Pangolins

Humane Society International (HSI) launched a campaign to raise public awareness and urge HK government to protect this small and adorably weird mammal. In case you didn’t know, pangolins are native to Hong Kong.

Logistics giant UPS bans shark fin shipments amid pressure from conservationists

UPS has stopped accepting shipments of shark fins, following criticism of the practice. Hong Kong Shark Foundation had protested at a UPS location in Hong Kong last month, saying UPS had shipped shark fins from Costa Rica.

Hong Kong grocery store apologises after cans of whale curry found on shelves

In response to the public outcry, 759 store pulled the offending canned whale meat from its shelves.

On urban planning:

Gov’t U-turn as asphalt plant construction is approved in Sheung Shui

The Town Planning Board has given its go-ahead for the construction of an asphalt plant in Sheung Shui, despite local protest.