Mother Theresa wrote: Stray Dog wrote:
fenlander wrote:Why is it taking so long to get the gin traps banned? I do not understand the delay is there much opposition. Have you sent these pictures to a local newspaper? Perhaps it is worth to do that.
We're working with the Apple Daily to out out a big story about how bad this makes Taiwan look.
Is there "much opposition" (aside from a few foreigners)?
Do the Taiwanese care about social issues? Environmental issues? Gin traps?
Don't they still have eviscerated snakes and turtles hanging in Snake Alley?
Don't they cram chickens in tiny cages and butcher them in public markets?
Don't they still eat shark fin soup?
Don't they still have Chinese "herbal remedy" shops all over the place that sell various parts hacked from the corpses of hapless animals?
Why would you think they would care about gin traps?
Not that I'm ungrateful for your efforts to raise awareness. That sure is a cute little critter and it's horrific to think of that trap on his leg. They are barbaric. Good for you for trying to do something about it. Just wondering what kind of response you'll receive.
I appreciate the questions!
There is a fair bit of local opposition and has been for many years. I attended a protest outside one of the govt buildings a few years back and I was one of only a few foreigners out of hundreds of other people. There was a another even bigger protest organized recently but which I wasn't able to attend. Like dolphin slaughter in Japan, though, the majority of people just aren't aware it's happening, hence using the media to show the barbaric truth.
And there is also a fairly large local movement attempting to reduce harm to the environment. Just as with animal-welfare orgs, there are a fair number of environmental groups here in Taiwan. When we went to check out the Greenpeace ship last month, I was surprised to hear that thousands of locals had been to check it out. Orgs like Wild At Heart are also doing incredible work in that regard, and when you check out their news postings, you see that just as many people attend events to promote environmental awareness as would in our home countries.
Snake Alley still stains the Taipei landscape and it's something I have long wanted to tackle. There is still a lot of horrific treatment of the snakes and turtles as well as dog-fighting videos on display. If anyone has any solid suggestions on how to get these businesses shut down, please let me know. Be aware that there is obviously gangster element involved and these activities take place right under the nose of the police station just one block away. With regard to the turtles being beheaded (while both head and body live on for quite a while afterwards), I've been told that there is really no other way to kill such an animal; my argument, though, is that this does not make it fit for entertainment.
Chicken cruelty is still prevalent in markets, but just before I left the SPCA, we were putting together a campaign to highlight the abuse that goes on in the name of food, and I hope that will still go ahead, as the food industry causes more unnecessary suffering than all the other animal-exploitative industries put together.
Taiwan is actually the hub of the shark-fin industry; again, it needs education to get people to change, though, considering the importance of face in this country, a wise animal-welfare or -rights group would embark on a campaign to promote some other--humane--food as the 'new' essential face-giver and deride shark-fin as cheap and passé by comparison; perhaps something that uses rare, expensive, organic vegetables and spices, or perhaps truffles, or similar.
I don't know anything about animal parts in Chinese medicine here, other than many banned products, such as tiger penis, can be found.
I think the Taiwanese would care about gin traps once they see the suffering involved, the kind of people who use them, and the damage it does to Taiwan's reputation in the international community. We're opening a rescue centre in the Wulai area soon, and I'm seriously considering promoting it as almost exclusively for animals maimed by traps. We were called out to rescue four just last week alone.
We have to believe we can make a difference, regardless of the odds; if we can't, then there really would be no hope at all. If spitting betelnut can be phased out, then so can the practice of laying traps as deterrents or hunting devices.