Date: Aug 3, 2015
TAIPEI, Taiwan – The new Performing Animal Industry Management Act has been
published and is set to come into force this month or in September.
The tragedy of A-he, a hippopotamus that died from injuries this January after leaping from a moving truck on its way to a private zoo, caused much focus and the rights of performing animals and activists began pressing for their rights to be extended.
According to Chiang Wen-chuan head of the Animal Protection Division of the Council of Agriculture’s (COA) Department of Animal Industry, the act completed the necessary procedures in July and will come into force in August or September.
The new regulation caused backlashes in the industry, with many criticizing the rise in the security deposit from NT$300,000 (S$12,999) to NT$5 million, which would be put in use for abandoned animals in case a company suspends operations. The COA said that the human resources agencies need to pay a security deposit for foreign employee referrals in the fishing industry and the fee will also apply to businesses in the performing animal industry. [FULL STORY]