New law seeks to safe­guard rights of per­form­ing an­i­mals

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The new Per­form­ing An­i­mal In­dus­try Man­age­ment Act (

) has been pub­lished and is set to come into force this month or in Septem­ber.

The tragedy of A-he ( ), a hip­popota­mus that died from in­juries in Jan­uary af­ter leap­ing from a mov­ing truck on its way to a pri­vate zoo, caused much fo­cus on the rights of per­form­ing an­i­mals and ac­tivists be­gan press­ing the press­ing the gov­ern­ment for their rights to be ex­tended and bet­ter pro­tected.

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­ang Wen-chuan, ( ) head of the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion of the Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture’s ( COA, ) Depart­ment of An­i­mal In­dus­try, the act com­pleted the nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures in July and will come into force in Au­gust or Septem­ber.

The new reg­u­la­tion caused a back­lash in the in­dus­try, with many crit­i­ciz­ing the rise in the se­cu­rity de­posit from NT$ 300,000 to NT$ 5 mil­lion, which would be put in use for aban­doned an­i­mals in case a com­pany sus­pends oper­a­tions.

The COA said that hu­man re­sources agen­cies need to pay a se­cu­rity de­posit for for­eign em­ployee re­fer­rals in the fish­ing in­dus­try and the fee will also ap­ply to busi­nesses in the per­form­ing an­i­mal in­dus­try.

Chi­ang also said that Taipei Zoo, Hualien Far­glory Ocean Park, Le­o­foo Vil­lage Theme Park and sev­eral other pri­vate and public in­sti­tutes that in­volve an­i­mal per­for­mances took part in con­sul­ta­tions while the act was be­ing drafted.

Sev­eral an­i­mal pro­tec­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions also par­tic­i­pated in the dis­cus­sions, among them, Tai­wan An­i­mal As­so­ci­a­tion ( TAEA, ), which pro­posed in­cor­po­rat­ing pe­ri­od­i­cal assess­ments on com­pa­nies us­ing per­form­ing an­i­mals. The COA has sug­gested hav­ing on-site eval­u­a­tions per­formed by an­i­mal wel­fare of­fi­cers. Com­pa­nies’ an­nual self­e­val­u­a­tion re­ports also need to have the endorsement of vet­eri­nar­ian, live­stock tech­ni­cian or aqua­cul­ture tech­ni­cian. The pe­ri­od­i­cal eval­u­a­tions are likely to be held once ev­ery two years, said Chi­ang.

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