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Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby cake » 14 Jul 2011, 19:48

A new bill making it illegal to buy, sell, or possess steel-jaw traps (a common torture device used to trap animals for their fur) has passed in Taiwan. Pamela Anderson and PETA Asia-Pacific sent a bouquet of flowers to legislator Ting Shou-chung.

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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby headhonchoII » 14 Jul 2011, 22:50

Job well done by many animal activists on here, Stray Dog included.
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby finley » 14 Jul 2011, 23:41

I saw these in my local DIY store the other day. What really pisses me off is that they are completely useless for the intended purpose (keeping predators away from chickens and/or small herbivores off vegetables). I was under the impression they had been illegal for a long time, but apparently not ... so it's a good thing I didn't have a go at the 老闆. Still, if I see them there next month I'll be having a word with the police (who will then proceed to :roflmao: and make jokes about the funny foreigner after I've gone).

If the bill has passed, does that mean it is in immediate effect? Or is there some delay before it can be enforced?
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby tommy525 » 15 Jul 2011, 00:28

Its about time. Those things cause a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering. Many years ago there was a wild cat that we were feeding on a daily basis in wanli. Very nice cat, did nobody any harm. It was full grown but wild so I couldnt get too close to her. But we fed her for years and enjoyed her "company" , although at a distance.

One day we didnt see her for days, then I saw her one night with a torn off paw. She had been trapped by one of those traps I think. I didnt see her again and am sure she died in the night.

Shouldnt have happened, needed have happened.
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby Super Hans » 26 Jul 2011, 01:41

Well, the next time myself or one of my dogs almost steps into one, I will remember this new piece of legislation and consider how it has absolutely no effect on the sale or use of these malicious items. You mark my words, it won't change a damn thing.
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby fenlander » 30 Jul 2011, 20:10

Super Hans wrote:Well, the next time myself or one of my dogs almost steps into one, I will remember this new piece of legislation and consider how it has absolutely no effect on the sale or use of these malicious items. You mark my words, it won't change a damn thing.
I suppose it's the thought that counts though.

Don't be so damn negative at least Taiwan is moving in the right direction. There is no pleasing some moaning foreigners is there? And yes it can change things; not cure them but a gradual reduction should come about. WELL DONE Taiwan.
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby jimipresley » 30 Jul 2011, 20:45

I think that Super Hans was being ironic and relatively realistic. I agree that it's a step in the right direction and so does he, fenlander, but to believe that this legislation will be enforced is plainly naive. It may be cynical, but Taiwan has yet to prove to me that it takes these things seriously. Until such time, I shall remain sceptical. :2cents:
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby tomthorne » 30 Jul 2011, 20:50

It will make a small change. Step by step Confucian stylee.
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby Mucha Man » 30 Jul 2011, 20:55

tomthorne wrote:It will make a small change. Step by step Confucian stylee.


With Taiwanese characteristics.
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Re: Taiwan Bans Steel-Jaw Traps

Postby antarcticbeech » 30 Jul 2011, 20:56

tomthorne wrote:It will make a small change. Step by step Confucian stylee.


Yeah, they legalized soap way back in the Japanese colonial era but you'd never know it.
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