Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Legislation

Cruelty to animals is a serious crime. In accordance with Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, Cap. 169, cruelty to animals is committed if one cruelly beats, kicks, ill-treats, over-rides, over-drives, overloads, tortures, infuriates, or terrifies any animal, or, by wantonly or unreasonably doing or omitting to do any act, causes any unnecessary suffering to any animal. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $200,000 and imprisonment for 3 years.

According to the Interpretation of Cap. 169, animal includes any mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish or any other vertebrate or invertebrate whether wild or tame.

Cap. 169, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance