New Taipei to fine company for selling steel-jaw traps online

03/28/2022 04:29 PM
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Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office
Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office

New Taipei, March 27 (CNA) The New Taipei City government will soon levy a fine of NT$15,000 (US$520.8) on a company that was found selling online steel-jaw traps, which are banned in Taiwan, the city's animal protection agency announced Monday.

Yang Shu-fang (楊淑方), director of the New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office, told CNA this is the first time a seller of steel-jaw traps will be fined in the nation.

According to the office, steel-jaw traps are devices used by hunters and trappers to immobilize animals.

When an animal steps onto the spring, the trap's jaws slam shut, clamping onto a limb or paw.

As the animals struggle in pain to get free, the steel teeth cut into their flesh -- often down to the bone -- mutilating the leg or paw or even causing death, according to the office.

Taiwan banned the use and sale of such devices in March 2020.

According to the city office, the decision to impose the fine was made after it was notified by online shoppers on March 8 that steel-jaw traps are being sold at major online shopping websites.

Yang said that in addition to fining the seller, the office is also trying to locate 21 people who purchased the devices from the company based on purchasing records.

Anyone found using such a device faces a fine of NT$15,000, Yang said.

The office has also ordered all online shopping sites to remove these devices from their shelves, she added.

(By Wang Hung-kuo and Joseph Yeh)

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