Groups petition against sheep show

PASTORAL LIFE: The show involves sheep being held down to shear their wool and they become scared when chased by a shepherd’s dog, animal welfare groups said

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 03, 2020
By: Tung Chen-kuo and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Sheep huddle in a pen at Nantou County’s Cingjing Farm on Oct. 1.
Photo: Tung Chen-kuo, Taipei Times

Animal welfare groups have launched an online petition to end a signature sheep show at Nantou County’s Cingjing Farm (清境農場), drawing mixed reactions from the public.

As of noon yesterday, the petition had garnered 2,420 signatures in support of the farm canceling the show, as it is said to contain segments that “harm” and “deride” sheep in front of the audience, according to the Public Policy Participation Network Platform Web site.

The petition, launched on Oct. 12 by the Taiwan Animal Equality Association, Animal Skies, Faith for Animals and World Vegan Advocacy Society, was 2,580 signatures short of the 5,000 it needs to elicit an official response from the authorities.

The farm, nestled in the mountains 1,750m above sea level, introduced the sheep show in 1998, which has since become its main appeal for tourists visiting during weekends and national holidays, as well as summer and winter vacation. It is the only show of its kind in Taiwan.

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