Protect Taiwan’s Stray Animals

Target: Legislative Yuan

Goal: Ensure more protections are afforded to Taiwan’s stray animals

Taiwan’s cities are overrun with stray animals. Dogs, cats, and others roam the streets with no homes and little hope. Many are sick, malnourished, and have missing limbs from vehicle accidents. They have become a normal sight to residents, and their numbers are growing.

An excess of stray animals is not good for any community, but Taiwan’s policy for dealing with these creatures is very cruel. Each year, the government authorizes the capture and euthanasia of thousands of dogs and cats living on the streets. The animals are given little chance to be adopted and are often sent directly to die. Some of the animals are even shipped to slaughterhouses after they’re rounded up, as their meat is a popular delicacy served in Taiwan’s many restaurants.

While this policy is effective for decreasing the stray animal population, Taiwan’s dogs and cats deserve better than to be simply captured and killed. Many are on the street because their owners abandoned them in the first place. This is human error for which the animals should not be punished.

Currently, the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s parliament, is considering strengthening animal rights laws in the state. Proposed revisions to the Animal Protection Act would stipulate that captured stray animals must be given a chance to be adopted. They could not be sent straight to a slaughterhouse or be quickly euthanized. The revisions would also allocate money for public awareness programs aimed at encouraging people to neuter and spay their pets. Fixed animals cannot breed and add to the growing stray problem.

Overall, these revisions would be very beneficial for everyone (human, dog, and cat) living in Taiwan. Urge the Legislative Yuan to revise the state’s animal rights laws.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Members of the Legislative Yuan,

As you are well aware, your state’s cities are overrun with stray animals. I understand that you want to resolve this issue quickly and effectively, but your policy for dealing with these creatures is very cruel. Each year, the thousands of dogs and cats living on the streets are captured and euthanized. They are given little chance for adoption and are often sent directly to die.

While this policy does decrease the stray animal population, Taiwan’s dogs and cats deserve better. Many are on the street because their owners abandoned them in the first place. This is human error for which the animals should not be punished.

For the sake of these creatures, I urge you to please consider adopting revisions to the Animal Protection Act. The revisions stipulate that captured stray animals must be given a chance to be adopted and would also allocate money for public awareness programs aimed at encouraging people to neuter and spay their pets.

Overall, these revisions would be beneficial for Taiwan’s communities. Families could find wonderful pets to join their homes, and the state would not have to spend so much precious money continuously capturing and killing animals. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Again, please consider revising the Animal Protection Act. Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Lucy Kelly says:

    Ideally, these animals would be rehomed, or at least neutered and released. However, as this may take a while to institute as common practice, I suggest at least not taking them directly to restaurants, as they may not be killed humanely. For the sake of humane slaughter, why not bring the animals to a charity slaughterhouse, and allow charity workers to kill the animals humanely for free, and then use the profits to fund shelters, education programs, and free veterinary care for needy pet owners? Over time, the situation may improve to the point where shelters alone can cope with the animals.

  2. Christine Díaz Aguilera says:

    Stoppt diesen Wahnsinn! Bitte!

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