Hongkong Post will issue a set of commemorative stamps on June 22 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hong Kong.
The stamps aim to spread the message of "respect for life begins with concern for animals" and promote harmony between humans and animals. This set of six stamps features six animals: a mongrel, a hamster, a red-eared slider, a rabbit, a domestic shorthair cat and a cockatiel.
Each animal conveys a message: mongrel represents the SPCA's efforts to support the welfare of dogs over the years, while hamster reminds the public to care for all animals, regardless of their size. The red-eared slider - an invasive turtle - warns people on the harmful impact brought by "mercy releases" and the rabbit represents SPCA's work in preventing animal abuse.
The domestic shorthair relates to the charity's efforts to desex street cats and the cockatiel advocates "duty of care."