Foundation set up to monitor mercy-killing policy

The China Post
Date: March 29, 2015

TAIPEI–A stray animal foundation enjoying support from influential public figures was established Saturday to monitor whether authorities will take the necessary steps as they try to end mercy killings in animal shelters across the country.

The Legislature recently passed an amendment to ban animal shelters from killing unclaimed stray animals starting in 2016, and the new Happy Land Organization is determined to follow how the government implements it, said group founder Joanna Cheng (鄭蘇玲).

Complementary measures are needed immediately to make sure the strays are adopted as soon as possible during the next two years, Cheng said, because otherwise the law may have the negative effect of forcing shelters to euthanize stray animals now.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) called the foundation on Friday to express his concern over the animal protection issue, Cheng said.

The revision to the Animal Protection Act that passed in January no longer permits the killing of animals held in animal shelters or in places designated by municipal or county authorities if they remain unclaimed, unadopted or otherwise undisposed for over 12 days following a notice or public announcement.    [FULL  STORY]

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