Recently the Taiwan SPCA has received several reports from the general public regarding the illegal sale of cats and dogs in a dirty environment in the Nan Ya night market. TSPCA investigators asked the people who reported this case to us to take some pictures and videotape the whole scene as proof of the illegal sale. Meanwhile, the TSPCA also suggested that they call the police and the New Taipei City Animal Protection Office and notify them that the animal protection act was being violated by the vendors.
After videotaping the whole scene, the police and the New Taipei City APO were called in hopes of a co-investigation. However, in the end, only the police went to the scene and merely asked the vendors to leave without tackling the violations to the Animal Protection Act. After lodging a complaint with the police about their way of dealing with the matter, the response was that, because the APO couldn’t go to the scene on the weekend, so the police’s hands were tied.
Both the Taiwan SPCA and the people who reported this case find this an inappropriate and ineffective way of dealing with the situation. After the TSPCA contacted New Taipei City Animal Protection Office, the officials explained to that they are understaffed on weekends with only one staff to cover the area. They couldn’t possibly be there on the spot unless the abuse is so serious that it could result in a possible loss of life. Moreover, the officials informed us that this case had already been reported to them and they’d already collected enough evidence. Thus, it was not the priority for the Office to send out officials on spot. As of now, the 2 offenders have both been fined 50,000nt by the New Taipei City Animal Protection Office for violating the Animal Protection Act section 25.
Even though the vendors were fined in the end, it is obvious there is a lack of communication and many loopholes throughout the process of dealing with animal abuse cases. Even though there are several cities and counties that have government animal protection police officers; there are still many issues of practicalities when dealing with cases. For instance every police station in New Taipei City actually has animal protection police officers, however, when an animal case is reported, it is not passed to them. Furthermore, many police aren’t very familiar with the Taiwan Animal Protection Act, in turn giving vendors an open door to sell animals illegally. Moreover, the uneven allocation of human resources to the Animal Protection Offices is worthy of our attention as animal abuse can happen at any time. The Government shouldn’t treat the protection of animals any differently than the protection of people and should have sufficient manpower at all times. Going forward, the Taiwan SPCA sincerely hopes to see a better-structured SOP, and a clearer system of cooperation within the government and police agencies regarding animal protection so as to carry out more efficient and effective investigations in the future.
Taiwan SPCA也在此呼籲大眾，如果有發現任何虐待動物的情形，請記得拍照、錄影存證，及立即聯絡相關政府主管機關或Taiwan SPCA。
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