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Candidates urged to promise to protect animals

2010/10/02 19:16

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) Animal rights advocates established ananimal protection policy monitoring league Saturday and urged thecandidates running in the Nov. 27 municipality mayoral and councilelections to promise to protect animal rights.

The activists, mostly web users who love animals, also called forvoters to cast their ballots for candidates who promise to protectanimals if they are elected.

Huang Tai-shan, one of the league's founders, said its mainmission includes promoting amendments to the Animal Protection Actand pushing the municipal election candidates to endorse a pledge totreat animals in a decent manner.

Candidates will be asked to promise that if they are elected,they will set up animal protection departments in their respectivemunicipal governments and deploy police to crack down on illegalbreeders and animal abuse cases, he said.

The league will publish the names of candidates who agree to signthe endorsement ahead of the Nov. 27 elections for the reference ofanimal-loving voters, Huang said.

Another of the founders, Ho Chung-hsun, said that the AnimalProtection Act does not protect animals at all and accused localgovernments of using it to kill nearly 100,000 stray cats and dogs ayear.

Ho said he hopes those elected in the coming elections will setlimits on killing strays and move to amend the regulations, as theyare not useful in efforts to protect animals.

(By Kelven Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)ENDITEM/J