Newsletter No. 468

8 468 • 4.12.2015 ’ 口谈实录 Viva Voce 本刊由香港中文大学资讯处出版,每月出版两期。截稿日期及稿例载于 www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/chinese/newsletter/ 。 The CUHK Newsletter is published by the Information Services Office, CUHK, on a fortnightly basis. Submission guidelines and deadlines can be found at www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/english/newsletter/ . 刘淑仪 Suki Lau • 文化管理课程二年级生 • 《香港动物报》特约记者 • Year 2 student in Cultural Management • Hong Kong Animal Post Reporter 请谈谈你在维护动物权益的义务工作 今年6月我前往广西玉林狗肉节采访后,网上媒体《香港动物 报》主动联络我,我就开始为他们写稿,报道在狗肉节的所见 所闻,之后写了一篇关于化妆品用动物做测试的文章〈血腥的 「美丽」〉,得到很大回响,近期又访问了区议会候选人对处 理流浪动物的看法。我也有一个叫「如果动物能说话」的社交 网页,转载本地和外国有关动物权益的新闻。 亲身采访广西狗肉节,和预期有何不同? 亲身到达现场,比单看照片全面得多。原来当地人会刻意隐瞒 屠狗的行为,大部分狗贩会躲在幽暗的巷子里屠狗,一些平日 贩卖狗肉的店铺,为了避开外国媒体的追访,在狗肉节期间干 脆关门不做生意。我拍了一张照片,摊子的招牌写着出售牛肉、 猪肉、羊肉等,但最后一个「肉」字前面有个空格,空格里还隐 约透出被人涂去的「狗」字。 你只带了一位朋友出发,两人都是女孩,可曾感到恐惧? 采访时遇上十几个保护动物的义工,有他们带路,感觉相对安 全。后来我和我朋友离开了大队,跟着两名义工去他们在山上 收养狗只的地方,突然有好几个大汉前来争执,在僻静的山区 被包围,没有支援,天又快黑,那一刻我才真正感到害怕,幸好 最后没有发生不愉快的事。 面对难受的场面,如何说服自己继续采访? 其实屠杀和贩卖动物的场面每天都存在。我在香港街市肉档 看到的,跟在玉林狗肉节看到的差不多,为什么人们可以接 受街市的动物被屠宰,但看见有人屠狗、吃狗肉就觉得残忍? 我不希望自己的报道是在渲染个人对某种动物的特殊情感, 而是想将事实呈现出来,让大家思考人类对待所有动物的 态度。 透过网路媒体推广动物权益有何利弊? 我当初只打算拍摄一些关于狗肉节的记录短片,刚巧碰到一班 香港记者,他们把我的经历和联络方式上载到网络新闻,回来 后马上收到两百多个短讯,让我一下子认识很多在维护动物权 益方面志同道合,又有丰富经验的人。当然也会收到一些批评: 理性的评论可让我重新思考自己的立场,也听听别人怎么想; 至于一些没有理据的批评,我会选择一笑置之。但大部分网上 的回应都颇正面,有些读者看完我在《动物报》的文章后,说 以后只会挑选没有用动物做测试的化妆品。 在校园感受到支持吗? 我从广西回来后,曾有一段时间很迷惘,不知道下一步该怎样 走,幸好有教职员和同学主动给我意见和鼓励,甚至提供协 助,有很多更是之前和我不太相熟的。我是素食者,中大差不 多每个饭堂都有素食选择,但如有较为清淡的菜式,甚至开设 一间全素食餐厅就更理想了。 社会该如何保障动物的权益?人类又可以做些什么? 我认为社会越文明,人类理应更懂得尊重生命。现在的蔬果供 应充足,吃素也能果腹,不一定要为了口味上的满足而屠宰动 物。科技的进步创造了很多新颖又环保的布料,冬天即使不穿 羽绒、毛衣或皮衣也可保暖,再说工厂大量拔取动物毛皮的手 法,往往令动物承受极大痛楚。至于娱乐方面,野生动物本该 拥有属于他们的野外栖息地,而不是住在城市动物园的笼子里 供人观赏,或在主题公园表演让人消遣。我社交网页的名字是 「如果动物能说话」,就是希望大家想想,如果动物能用人类 的语言沟通,你会不会尝试了解他们的感受,而不是一味想从 他们身上获得好处? What do you do as a volunteer animal rights campaigner? After visiting Yulin in Guangxi in June, and having documented the annual Dog Meat Festival, I was approached by online media Hong Kong Animal Post . I began contributing articles as a volunteer reporter and wrote about my experience in Yulin, animal testing in the cosmetics industry, and reported the views of various District Council Election candidates on strays. I also share news on animal rights on my Facebook page ’If animals could talk’. What is the difference between your expectation and what you actually saw in Yulin? I was able to obtain a more comprehensive view in Yulin, which was quite different from the impression gathered by simply looking at photos online. I didn’t know that locals would try to hide dog-slaughtering and dog meat- selling activities from non-locals. Most of the dogs were slaughtered in back alleys while some restaurants serving dog meat were closed during the festival to avoid controversy. I took a photo of a meat stall sign with the word ’dog’ deliberately covered up with paint. The word ’meat’ was still visible, alongside ’beef’, ‘pork’ and ‘mutton’. You went with a female friend. Were you ever in a situation where you felt intimidated? Most of the time I felt relatively safe, as we were accompanied by more than 10 animal rights activists. Then towards the end of the day, we left the group to visit one of the volunteers’ dog shelter on a hill. All of a sudden, we found ourselves surrounded by a group of local men who started arguing with us. The sun was about to set and we were alone and isolated. I felt truly intimidated. Luckily, nothing bad happened. How did you convince yourself to continue filming when confronted with disturbing scenes? What I see at the meat stalls in Hong Kong is no different from what I witnessed at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. What makes the slaughtering in Hong Kong wet markets more acceptable than dog-slaughtering in Yulin? I do not wish to indicate a preference towards a certain species in the documentary as I hope it would allow viewers to think about how human beings treat all kinds of animals. What are the pros and cons of advocating animal rights via social media? I ran into a group of Hong Kong reporters in Yulin who posted my experience on their news app. After returning to Hong Kong, I received more than 200 messages, some sent by very experienced animal rights activists. It was great connecting via social media with like-minded people. After reading my articles, some readers told me they would stop using animal tested cosmetics. I also received a few criticisms. It is always good to listen to different opinions. If I find certain criticisms irrational, I just shrug them off. Do you feel supported on campus? I was a bit confused after returning from Yulin. With hundreds of messages received overnight, I wasn’t sure what to do. I am very fortunate to have staff and classmates on campus who came to me and offered support. I didn’t even know some of them very well in the past. I am a vegetarian and almost every canteen at CUHK offers vegetarian dishes. It would be more ideal if we could have healthier and lighter choices, or even a vegetarian canteen. What can we do to protect animal rights? As we become more civilized, we should be more respectful of life in general. Nowadays, food, clothing and entertainment choices abound. Animal skin, fur, and feathers are no longer the only materials available to keep us warm. And with an abundance of agricultural products in developed countries, it’s no longer necessary to kill animals for food. As for entertainment, shouldn’t wild animals have the right to thrive in their natural habitats, instead of living in urban zoos or being forced to perform at theme parks? I named my Facebook page ’If animals could talk’ because I want people to ponder this: If animals could communicate in human languages, would we try to understand their feelings and needs, instead of always taking advantage of them? Photo by ISO staff

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