Court rescinds fine on hippo owner

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/10/04
By: Liao Jen-kai and Maria Tsai

Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) The Taichung High Administrative Court has recently revoked a city

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

government decision to fine the owner of a hippopotamus that died late last year in two accidents.

The court ruled that the city government had no valid reason to fine the owner of A He, whose death caused the nation to reflect on how display animals are treated in Taiwan.

After the death of the hippo last December, the owner, surnamed Chang, was fined NT$500,000 (US$15,800) for negligence by the Taichung city government based on the Animal Protection Act.

Chang brought a lawsuit against the city government after his appeal against the fine was rejected.     [FULL  STORY]

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