Despite law, animal traps still common, group says

‘HEART-WRENCHING’: Animal Rescue Team Taiwan called for amendments to more effectively seize traps as incidents of animals being mutilated by traps persist

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 29, 2019
By: Chen Wen-chan and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Members of the Animal Rescue Team Taiwan are calling for better enforcement of laws

A man holds up an animal trap in Kaohsiung on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of Animal Rescue Team Taiwan

prohibiting the use of animal traps, after three dogs in Kaohsiung lost their legs to the devices last week.

One of the injured dogs, which lost a front leg, was nursing a litter when it was found, the team said.

Laws should be amended to allow the city’s Animal Protection Office to more effectively seize traps to prevent a recurrence of such “heart-wrenching” incidents, they added.

Last week, the team was called to rescue three dogs in the city’s Liouguei (六龜) and Tianliao (田寮) districts, and Singda Harbor (興達港), and rushed the dogs to surgery to save their lives, the team said.

Article 14-2 of the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法) prohibits the manufacture, sale, import, export and display of animal traps unless authorized by the central government.    [FULL  STORY]

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