No killing at animal shelters to be enforced as scheduled: COA

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/15
By: Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) Taiwan will start to ban the killing of animals at public shelters next year as

Agriculture Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) (CNA file photo)

scheduled, Council of Agriculture Minister Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻) said Thursday.

Regardless of the difficulty, “the implementation of the no-kill policy will not be delayed,” Tsao said at a press conference after the Cabinet’s regular weekly meeting.

The Animal Protection Act was amended in February 2015 to stop the practice of euthanasia at public shelters for stray animals. Under the revised act, putting down animals that have been held at public shelters for 12 days or more will have to cease from Feb. 4, 2017.

It is doubtful, however, that the new policy can be implemented as scheduled, because many cities and counties around the country have said they cannot achieve the goal.   [FULL  STORY]

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