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Hundreds walk for animal rights

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Hundreds of people and their pets joined yesterday’s 2011 Concern for Animal Walk, calling on authorities to approve an animal protection law.
Starting from the Tap Seac Square, the demonstration made its way to the government headquarters where organisers delivered a petition to the Chief Executive.
The Abandoned Animals’ Protection Association (AAPAM) and private company Meow Space have joined together for the second time after a first walk held in 2008.
“We want the government to launch a law to punish those people that mistreat animals,” AAPAM president Yoko Choi told Macau Daily Times.
Choi said that letters to the government on the issue have so far gone unanswered. “We will keep walking every year until a law comes out,” she pledged.
The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau submitted a draft regarding animal protection for public consultation in 2007. But last week the secretary for Administration and Justice, Florinda Chan, said the bill is under revision to meet new international standards.

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