( The articles below is English translated version of the original article from the blog link above. Hope anyone that can help this issue can give these animals a hand. )
The animals traps in Yangmingshan hurt a lot of stray animals
This is a friend’s experience in Yangmingshan. She cares about it very much. Since she first saw many three-legged dogs in Yangmingshan, she has been going there and caring about these dogs once every week. Later she found that besides those dogs she saw before, there are a lot more dogs injured by the traps in Yangmingshan! Therefore, she began to raise the public concern: not only call-in to Wang Wenhua’s programs, but also contacted me. Later this was reported in the media. I hope people’s concern would not vanish soon. We still need to make a lot of efforts to get people pay attention to this serious issue, otherwise it will soon be forgotten. Until now she has been to Yangmingshan six times for the trap issues, and I only followed her for three times. Every time she went to Yangminshan, she made news bulletin. Here is her first one. ( The news bulletin file is at the blog )
In Taiwan, there are so many traps placed in the mountain area, which suggests an interests conflict relationship between human and animals. According to my field research, in cases stray animals run into farms, flower gardens, chicken and ducks’ house, and even the kitchen of the school. They tramp and steal the food, so some people just buy the traps and set up traps to harm them. A trap, sometimes costs only 35 dollars NT, is very cheap in Taiwan, and people can definitely easily buy traps in tin store. Without regulation from the source, for example, prohibition of using of traps, it is almost impossible to stop using traps. Even with laws, to catch the moment that the people just set up the traps and prosecute them is still very difficult. Furthermore, farmers can deny the traps placed at their farm are set up by themselves.
This is a serious problem. Were it not any other solutions to protect the farms? For example, just to barricade the farms. Is it the violation of public danger crime when the children get hurt from the traps? Hope people will not use private punishment to punish stray animals. The new Animal Protection Act stipulates that it is not legally allowable to put animal clips(i.e. traps) on private lands. It will leads to fine of NT$15,000 to 75,000.
December 2007, Legislative Yuan modified and passed the Amendment of Animal Protection Act. The amendments are: one who intentionally abuses or harms animals, and causing serious deterioration of body, loss of vital organs, or death, shall be fined from NT$100,000 to NT$500,000, and his name or photo may be publicly announced. As to repeated offenders, if there are more than two times of violation, the party shall be sentenced imprisonment for no more than one year, detention, or be fined for no more than NT$100,0000 in combination. The limitation on the method to capture animals is added in the Act, which stipulates that without the permission of competent authorities, one is not allowed to use explosives, poison, electrical, corrosive substances, other type or firearms than narcotic gun, and animal clip to capture animals. The violating one shall be fined from NT$15,000 to $75,000.