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Guide dog issues aired on talk show

Hong Kong, 25 July 2019: Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Alex Liu has appeared on TV to highlight the need for effective legislation to assist the greater use of guide dogs in Hong Kong.

Mr Liu, who acts as Honorary Legal Advisor to the Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association, discussed the legal issues regarding access to public facilities by people with guide dogs, both during and after the training process.

“This was a welcome opportunity to explain to a large audience how Hong Kong is lagging behind other jurisdictions in making provision for such dogs and to showcase how they offer a life-changing opportunity for people with visual impairment by providing enhanced mobility and safety,” said Mr Liu.

The Cantonese-language programme, Mega Showdown, on i-Cable 03, also featured HKGDA Chairman Lam Wai Pong and Kim Mok, a blind person who appeared with his guide dog Elsa, together with regular hosts Vincent Wong and Dr Hui Ching.

A charitable organisation, the HKGDA was established more than eight years ago. It is making significant progress in providing guide dogs to those who need them and raising awareness of guide dogs to the general public and public services.

Last year the organisation took a major step forward by securing premises to develop a breeding and training centre for dogs. It acquired the former Lau Fau Shan Police Station in the New Territories after successfully applying to the Government’s Development Bureau for a subsidised revitalisation project.

Mr Liu is no stranger to TV viewers, having been a regular guest on the TVB documentary series A Property a Day, giving his legal opinion on a range of real estate issues.

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Alex Liu discusses legal issues regarding the use of guide dogs on Mega Showdown.