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20 December 1998 Issue

A Huge Step In The Right Direction

In response to the tremendous international pressure, the Taiwanese legislature passed the island's first-ever animal protection law on October 13th.

Thanks to the hard work of people in Taiwan, Taiwanese nationals abroad, and all of the petitions, letters, and demonstrations generated by PETA members and other concerned individuals worldwide, as well as the participation of countless businesses, celebrities, politicians, and veterinarians, the government of Taiwan realized the importance and necessity of this basic anti-cruelty law.

Now that the law has passed, the next step in Taiwan must be the clean-up of the island's nearly 70 pounds. During a recent visit to Taiwan, PETA's president, Ingrid Newkirk, along with her assistant and a veterinarian, witnessed major problems for the animals, despite somewhat improved conditions in several of the nation's worst pounds. PETA also submitted a report to the Taiwanese government, along with concrete suggestions for improvements and a pledge of assistance.

Please thank Taiwanese Premier Vincent Siew for seeing that the animal protection law was passed and very politely ask him to take the next step, by ensuring that it is implemented and enforced.

Please also ask him to sponsor humane education in Taiwan by promoting the critically acclaimed video Share the World in classrooms, as well as the teacher's manual on humane education produced by the Life Conservationist Association (in Taipei at: 02-2753-4922).

Send your letters to:

Premier Vincent Siew, Executive Yuan
No. 1, Sec. 1, Chung Hsiao E. Rd.
Taipei, Taiwan
e-mail: ey_mail@ey.gov.tw
fax: 011-886-2-2396-9546

On November 17, a 10-page report, documenting appalling conditions for dogs in Taiwan's pounds, was hand-delivered to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices and released to the public in London; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco.

For more information on this issue, see PETAs website at:

PETA Online: Report on the Current Conditions...
http://www.peta-online.org/taiwan/report/index.html

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