Taiwan Animal Protection Law

animallaw.info/nonus/statute … pl1998.htm

The LAW…exists…now where to find me the ENFORCERS!!!

Ⅱ. The Achievement of Animal Protection in Recent Years

Ever since the “Animal Protection Law” was promulgated and put into effect, COA has announced seven related regulations and procedures and made five announcements. The achievements are listed as follows:

  1. Pet registration: Since September 1, 1999, pet registration has been put into effect nationwide. ROC is among the few countries that legislate laws demanding pet registration. Up to the present, 530,000 dogs have been readied with pet registration, and the average registration rate is 30% nationwide, and 50% in the urban areas, approaching the rates in advanced countries.
  2. Investigation of the number of dogs: According to the statistics of 1999, the total number of dogs nationwide was 2.76 million. The number of domesticated dogs was 2.1 million, while that of stray dogs was 660,000; and in 2001, the former’s number dropped to 1.8 million, while the latter’s number was roughly 300,000.
  3. Adequate protection measures against dogs: In September 2001, COA amended the announcement concerning the adequate protection measures for aggressive dogs, providing that any dog entering or exiting public sites or places need to be accompanied by humans and be tethered. As for the large dogs (weighing 23 kg or more), they need to be accompanied by adults. Those dogs, which have potential of assault or have the record of attacking people, need to be muzzled.
  4. Humanized snatch of dogs: COA often commissions National Pingtung University of Science & Technology to offer humanized snatch training programs and subsidizes the special municipality, city and county governments for the purchase of snatching rods, snatching nets and trap coops. It also completed the humanized snatch regulations last year for our colleagues to comply with.
  5. Building and remodeling of the shelters for stray dogs: Since 1999, BAPHIQ started pushing for the building and remodeling of the shelters for stray animals. There have been 16 newly built and remodeled public shelters up to the present.
  6. Standard procedure for dealing with and adopting stray dogs: The public shelters have established the standard procedure for dealing with stray dogs and emphasized pushing for the adoption of pets. All adopted dogs have undergone sterilization so that their number will be under control.
  7. Announcing the kinds of animals which are prohibited to be raised, imported or exported: COA has announced the prohibition of raising of certain kinds of animals, including Myocastoridae, Serrasalmus and Electrophoridae in accordance with the laws to protect people and livestock and preserve the environment.
  8. Pets should not be slaughtered for their meat or furs: Article Twelve in “Animal Protection Law” promulgated by the President in January 2001, provides that pets not be slaughtered for their meat, furs or any economic purpose. This has made ROC become the first Asian country to legislate laws prohibiting slaughtering dogs. After the announcement of the law, 54 butcher shops selling canine meat have suspended their business or shifted into other business. Furthermore, five cases of illegal slaughter have been cracked down and seriously punished.
  9. Regulating pet business: Those who wish to go into the businesses of managing, selling or lodging pets have to apply for a permit. This regulation has been put into practice since July 2001. Up to the present, there have been 577 pet shops that have acquired permits nationwide.
  10. Establishing the Laboratory Animal Care and Use Panels: “Regulations for Establishing the Laboratory Animal Care and Use Panel” were announced in July 2001, and organizations involving the use of vertebrate animals in academic institutions higher than junior colleges, hospitals, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, veterinarian medicine factories and laboratories have to establish their Laboratory Animal Care and Use Panels. Up to the present, there have been 183 panels. Furthermore, COA commissions National Laboratory Animal Center in National Science Council to organize 4 training sessions for the care and use of laboratory animals, and an estimated 700 people have acquired certificates. COA also compiled and printed "A Guidebook for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals’’ as an important guide for the Care and Use Panels to review projects.
  11. Pushing for the obligation for any project financed by the government to be
    ready with the Laboratory Animal Care and Use Panel’s permit. When researchers use vertebrates for scientific applications, and the project is financed by the government, starting from 1993, they have to be ready with the Animal Care and Use Panel’s permit.
  12. Humanized management of economic animals: COA is reviewing the draft of the measures of shipping of economic animals, providing that the process of transporting animals have to involve humanized vehicles. COA has already established modernized poultry and cattle slaughter houses to go in accordance with humanization standards.
  13. Strengthening international interchange and cooperation: COA has signed a
    MOU with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and has sent people to attend training programs in the US. The Society has regularly sent delegations to help us with professional training and to provide guidance and advices. COA has published English propaganda pamphlets and established an animal protection website, by which we can get the international community to know more about our animal protection and its fruits.
  14. Supervising the special municipality, city and county governments’ inspectors in their carrying out their duties and organizing training programs: To strengthen the law enforcement officers’ abilities to enforce the laws and improve their knowledge of “Animal Protection Law”-- related regulations and the management of shelters, COA has been organizing from time to time a variety of training programs. Starting from 1999, COA has taken steps to offer more than 40 training sessions for the animal protection inspectors, and consequently about 800 people have received the training.
  15. Establishing animal protection websites: In order to raise the public awareness about animal protection and to open a window to the international community, COA has expanded the pet registration website founded in September 1999 into an animal protection information network, thereby turning it into a national animal protection website. What are included in this website are news letters, common sense of pet care-taking, adoption of stray dogs, dog registration and loss-and-found. The URL is animal.coa.gov.tw

Sean… :help:

DOH missed your other post!

Animal Protection Law in full: gio.gov.tw/info/98html/aplaw.htm
TMIAH Website: tmiah.tcg.gov.tw/homepage/frameset_set4.jsp
TMIAH No.: Tel: 02-8789-7158, or 02-87897131 for Animal Protection Law enforcement - this department also oversees pet shops and breeders and the issuance of licenses.)