For many decades, Hong Kong has relied on a removal methodology that is effectively one of "Catch and Kill" to deal with the stray animal population.
However, this method is a reactive one, based on public complaints and has not been shown to be effective.
There is no evidence that the removal of dogs alone has ever had a significant impact on dog population densities…even the highest recorded removal rates (about 15% of the dog population) are easily compensated by increased survival rates."
-World Health Organisation, Consultation on Rabies, Geneva, 2004.
Using a Catch and Kill methodology alone will not solve Hong Kong's roaming, unowned (stray and feral) animal overpopulation or the problems that they create. As long as stray and feral animals continue to reproduce in the community, the problems they cause will remain a source of conflict.
CATCH AND KILL HAS A HIGH LONG TERM COST
With Catch and Kill, animals must be caught and killed every year to control the population.
In 2009, the cost to the HK Government of capturing, keeping and euthanising stray dogs and cats
was about HK$30 million.
Wherever you live in Hong Kong, please write in to voice your support. TNR should be applicable at many suitable locations across Hong Kong.