New Petitions And Petition Updates – April
Two new petitions have recently been uploaded to SupportHK by Grade Five students. One group is petitioning the government to protect Hong Kong’s country parks from invasive foreign plant species and another group aims to conserve marine biodiversity and is petitioning HK restaurants to stop serving the endangered Humphead Wrasse.
Stop growth of the Mikania weed in the Tai Tam Reservoir – Petition Organiser: The Invasive Species Group.
Mikania is an exotic vine that originated in South America and has been evident in Hong Kong since 1884. Climbing up other plants to reach sunlight, Mikania reproduces rapidly and covers its host plants, consequently killing them by blocking the light they need for photosynthesis. A group of grade five students from Hong Kong Academy are petitioning the AFCD to exterminate the Mikania weed in the Tai Tam Reservoir. Sign and share this petition to conserve Hong Kong’s natural habitat!
Make restaurants stop selling the Humphead wrasse – Petition Organiser: Endangered Species Group.
Humphead wrasse is a popular seafood in Hong Kong. According the the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Humphead Wrasse is classified as ‘endangered’, and without active conservation it will likely become extinct. Sign and share this petition to conserve the Humphead Wrasse and marine biodiversity.
Some updates from our ongoing petitions are as follows:
We demand the immediate return of the relocated Lantau cattle – Petition Organiser: Association for Tai O Environment and Development.
In mid March 2014, the petition organiser and five cattle conservation groups met with LegCo Members and filed a complaint against AFCD’s cattle relocation enforcement scheme. LegCo will investigate the incident, the stray cattle relocation scheme and implementation of the animals’ capture and sterilisation.
Object to plans to develop and destroy Hoi Ha – Petition Organiser: Friends of Hoi Ha (FOHH).
In early March, FOHH met with Kevin Choi of the Development Bureau and explained their concerns over the draft zoning of Hoi Ha. Action is needed! If you wrote a letter of objection to the Planning Department’s plans to develop and destroy Hoi Ha, you will be receiving a letter from Town Planning Board advising you of the hearing dates. A tentative date has been set on to the 28 April. Please reply to the Board that you wish to express your objection in the meeting.
Save Hong Kong Trail – Petition Organiser: Alliance For a Beautiful Hong Kong (ABHK).
In response to ABHK’s concerns, the Ombudsman will conduct a full investigation into the following departments and bureau: Transport Department, Environmental Protection Department, Buildings Department, CEDD, Lands Department, Planning Department, Fire Services Department, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department, Antiquities and Monuments Office, Development Bureau, Tourism Commission for mal-administration. Note that it is unusual for the Ombudsman investigate the Development Bureau.
Ban the Ivory Trade – Petition Organiser: Hong Kong For Elephants.
The movement to stop the ivory trade is making great progress! The state-owned Chinese retail chain “Chinese Arts & Crafts” suspended its sales of ivory at its stores in China and Hong Kong in mid-March, in response to protests by conservation groups. In an important move, in February, the HKSAR government announced it would burn 33 tonnes stockpile of seized ivory.
Boycott Ocean Park for Animal Rights – Petition Organiser: Dolphin Family.
The petition organiser is hosting a screening of “Black Fish,” an award-winning movie documentary about captive marine mammals in entertainment parks, event on 6 April, Sunday 1 pm. “Black Fish”, an award winning movie documentary about captive marine mammals in entertainment parks. A talkback session will be held to discuss the captive dolphin industry. Click here to RSVP.