When monkeys and wild pigs are mentioned, what immediately comes to mind may be the disturbance they bring to us and the community. However, do you know that human feeding actually appears to be one of the major causes of inducing the unnatural growth of monkey and wild pig population in Hong Kong in recent years? Through frequent contacts with humans, these wild animals might lose their instinctive fear to humans and become habituated to stay near the urban area to approach human for food. Some of them might even become aggressive and stray into nearby urban settlement for searching of abandoned rubbish, or snatching plastic bags from human and causing human-wild animals conflict in the society.
To abate the conflict, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has adopted multiple approaches, including the enactment of feeding ban under Wild Animals Protection Ordinance in 1999 and the implementation of contraceptive programme for long-term control of the monkey and wild pig population. Meanwhile, various education and publicity programmes have also been implemented by AFCD to educate the public about the negative consequence of feeding wild animal, as well as the preventive measures against human-wildlife conflicts.