[Animal News]Harming animals with traps is an extremely despicable and cruel act, but many animals are injured by traps in Hong Kong every year. Yesterday, a member of the public discovered a wild boar with its mouth tied up on a hilltop in the New Territories. It is believed that the wild boar was caught in a trap by mistake and had its mouth tied with a noose. Wong Ho-yin, director of the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, said that the wild boar was found today, but the wild boar was very afraid of people and fled as close as 5 meters away, so the rescue was not successful. He also said that although the wild boar was tied up with bamboo strips, it could still open its mouth to a limited extent and could eat and drink. There was no wound infection yet.
A citizen recently discovered that the wild boar was muzzled and asked for help online. He also contacted the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group. Huang Haoxian said that after checking the location and time of the wild boar yesterday, volunteers from the concern group brought tools to the scene for rescue yesterday afternoon. However, after waiting for two hours, there was no trace, so they had to withdraw the team first. Today, they went up the mountain again and finally found the wild boar. However, the wild boar was very wary of people. It was already very frightened when it approached five meters away, so the rescue was not successful.
Huang Haoxian said that based on past experience, the chance of successfully helping wild boars out of trouble is very low, but there are also individual wild boars that have broken bamboo strips on their own. He also said that the wild boar can only open its mouth to a limited extent, but it can eat and drink as usual, and no wound infection has been seen where it was tied up. He admitted that a successful rescue was very difficult, but would try again.
According to the Wildlife Protection Ordinance, no person may possess hunting equipment without permission, nor may he use hunting equipment to hunt any wild animal. Possessing hunting equipment or using such equipment to catch wild animals is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000. If you hunt protected wild animals, you may be fined up to NT$100,000 and imprisoned for 1 year. Anyone who cruelly causes animals to suffer unnecessary pain is in violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance and is punishable by up to 3 years’ imprisonment and a fine of NT$200,000.
A citizen recently found a wild boar tied up in a trap with a noose on the mountain.
Volunteers from the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group found a muzzled wild boar today, but failed to rescue it.
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