June 19, 2008


Hong Kong poultry vendors oppose slaughter of live chickens


Poultry vendors in Hong Kong reiterated their opposition on the government's plan to slaughter chicken overnight.


Tsui Ming-tuen, Hong Kong Poultry Wholesalers Association chairman, said vendors urge that every chicken which passed tests be tagged with a laser label to distinguish it from smuggled chickens.


Each label is expected to cost around HKD1 (US$0.13) and would be issued by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.


Tsui said if the government will ban the stocking of live chickens overnight, the vendors will surrender their licenses and ask for a 10-fold compensation.