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HK taskforce to tackle pork-chop-eating feral cows

DPA , HONG KONG

A taskforce will be set up next month to tackle the problem of feral cattle on one of Hong Kong's main outlying islands, a media report said yesterday.

The Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department plans to seek a long-term solution to rein in the cattle on Lantau Island, the location of Hong Kong's international airport, the South China Morning Post said.

The group, comprising local councilors, residents and government officials, will try to develop an alternative to the current practice of ignoring the animals until they become too problematic, at which point mass culls are launched.

Plans for the taskforce were announced after a spate of complaints by residents in the Mui Wo area of the island who say the cows are raiding farms and hampering traffic.

"They lock horns in narrow alleys and all over the place. It's like we are in the middle of a Spanish bull run," a Mui Wo rural committee member said.

"They go to barbecue areas begging for pork chops and chicken wings or picking them out of rubbish bins. That can't be good -- cows are not supposed to eat meat," he added.

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