Target: Wei Kuo-yen, Taiwanese Minister of Environmental Protection
Goal: Increase the prison sentence for animal abusers and implement reforms to ensure animals and people are better protected.
Heavier penalties for animal abusers are desperately needed in Taiwan. A person who kills or seriously harms an animal currently faces a maximum of just one year in prison. Over 20 animal welfare groups are pushing for this sentence to be increased to two years, and to also apply to people who harm animals for food production and other commercial purposes.
Reforms to the justice system are also crucial, as judges currently hand out light sentences to perpetrators as they consider animal abuse a petty crime and believe that Taiwanese prisons are overcrowded enough. Pan Han-Shen of the Association of Taiwan Tree-huggers explains that these reforms are vital as animal abusers are likely to move on to harming children and other vulnerable people. Prison reforms are also needed to ensure that perpetrators who do serve time do not become more violent upon their release.
Sign this petition urging the Taiwanese government to protect animals and people by increasing abusers’ prison sentences.
Dear Mr. Wei,
Animal abusers in Taiwan currently face a maximum of one year in prison for their crimes, even if this includes causing the disability or death of one or more animals. Moreover, prison sentences are rarely handed out, with perpetrators able to pay small fines instead.
The maximum prison sentence for abusing animals desperately needs to be lengthened. Moreover, it must include people who harm and kill animals in food production and other commercial purposes. People who harm animals are likely to move on to hurting people next. This is why justice and prison reforms are crucially needed to ensure perpetrators are sent to jail and released only when they are no longer a danger to society.
I urge you to protect animals and people by amending the Animal Protection Act and introducing heavier penalties for animal abuse.
[Your Name Here]
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