I found this interesting report online this morning, about New Taipei City Government’s plans to draft a new set of animal protection laws.
It appears to be a very encouraging step in the right direction.
At the current stage of drafting, it includes the following provisions:
1. Anyone buying a dog from a pet shop will have to attend a two-hour “life education class” (covering assessment of pet- owner’s capabilities, how to feed pets, introduction to common illnesses, etc.)
2. A pet shop owner who secretly sells a dog and tries to evade this requirement will be subject to a fine of NT$15,000.
3. The city will establish an “animal protection police” unit, charged with investigating cases of abuse or abandonment of animals. Offenders will be forced to attend classes and face a fine of up to NT$300,000.
4. The city will set up three “pet welfare vehicles” to tour around providing such services as inoculation, inserting chips, registering pets, and disposing of dead animals, free of charge.
The new law is currently being drafted, and if passed by the city council, could come into force before the end of the year (at the earliest). If you care about this issue and think the law is a good idea, you could email your city councilor to voice your support for it, to help put pressure on the council to pass it.