Be done with roast pig, animal rights group pleadsLocal | 12 Apr 2019 4:24 pm
Animal rights activists applauded an appeal by City University of Hong Kong to ask all departments to consider halting the traditional practice of serving whole roast pig at celebrations and opening ceremonies, RTHK reports.
The school’s new Veterinary Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po was roundly criticized online for serving up two porcine offerings at its opening ceremony. Many pointed out that the facility had killed two animals before it had treated any.
The university explained that roast pigs are part of a traditional ritual in Hong Kong, but senior management agreed that all departments should be asked to consider scrapping the practice in future.
Roni Wong from the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group was among those who welcomed the move, saying he hopes other organizations will follow suit.
"This ceremony should be progressively cancelled because it is not a good practise or a civilised behavior,'' he said, adding that people can celebrate the openings of new facilities in many different ways without having to kill an animal.