Feb 06, 2017 Medical Comments Off on Taiwan bans euthanasia of stray animals
A new law has gone into effect in Taiwan banning the euthanasia of stray animals. That makes Taiwan the second country in Asia to implement a zero culling policy, following India.
At a press conference on Monday, Deputy Agriculture Minister Huang Jin-cheng said the Council of Agriculture will work with local governments to ensure that animal shelters are not overpopulated. But he said that even with dog population controls and neutering programs in place, it will be difficult to deal with the problem in rural areas.
"Tackling the [issue] in cities or in [other] densely-populated places is probably easier. In rural areas, sometimes it's difficult to produce results," said Huang. "So in 2017, we will strengthen policies particularly at the village level. There will also be a special veterinary team to work on neutering [stray animals]."
The council is planning to increase the number of animals they neuter from 150,000 last year to 180,000 in 2017. Strays will only be caught when they pose a public health hazard. The government will also work with private animal shelters to prevent over-crowding.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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