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Agricultural company launches “leopard cat eggs” to help save Taiwanese leopard cats
支持石虎保育 農業公司推出石虎蛋

The Endemic Species Research Institute’s leopard cat mascot “A-hu“ visits the farm that produces “leopard cat eggs” in an undated photo.
特生中心的石虎保育大使「阿虎」參訪生產「石虎蛋」的牧場,拍攝日期不明。

Photo courtesy of the Council of Agriculture’s Endemic Species Research Institute
照片:農業委員會特有生物研究保育中心提供

The agricultural company Opul Union, in collaboration with the Council of Agriculture’s Endemic Species Research Institute, is providing meat for rescued leopard cats and has launched a “leopard cat eggs” program, under which Opul Union will donate NT$5 to the institute for every pack of six eggs purchased at NT$99 by members of the public. The donations will be used to set up a fund for the conservation of leopard cats. The “leopard cat eggs” are eggs from floor-raised chickens and are sold with a leopard cat coaster and a card in the packaging.

The Endemic Species Research Institute says that according to a general survey completed earlier this year there are approximately 200 leopard cats in Nantou County. In order to protect the leopard cats, the institute has been promoting “leopard-cat-friendly farming” in the county, encouraging local farmers to adhere to the “five noes”: no pesticides, no chemical fertilizers, no herbicides, no rat poison and no foothold traps. It is hoped that leopard-cat-friendly farming can help make the environment more suitable for the survival of leopard cats.

Leopard cats are known to inhabit forests in the foothills of Taiwan, but due to loss of habitats and poaching, they have now been listed as an officially protected endangered species. The Endemic Species Research Institute has in recent years been actively promoting the conservation of leopard cats. In addition to advocating leopard-cat-friendly farming, it is also devoted to rescuing, tracking and studying wild leopard cats.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TU YU-AN. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY TU YU-AN)

興聯農業公司與農委會特有生物研究保育中心合作,提供肉品供救傷單位收容的石虎食用,並推出「石虎蛋」,民眾每購買一盒六顆九十九元的雞蛋,興聯公司即贊助特生中心五元,做為石虎保育基金。「石虎蛋」為「平飼雞蛋」,包裝內附有一個石虎杯墊與小卡。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. coaster n.

杯墊 (bei1 dian4)

例: I bought a heart-shaped coaster at the department store.

(我在百貨公司買了一個心型的杯墊。)

2. foothold trap n. phr.

捕獸夾 (bu3 shou4 jia2)

例: It is a bad idea to set up a foothold trap in your backyard.

(在自家後院設捕獸夾是個很糟的主意。)

3. endangered adj.

瀕臨絕種 (bin1 lin2 jue2 zhong3)

例: Chinese box turtles are an endangered species and should be protected.

(石蛇龜已瀕臨絕種,應該加以保護。)


特生中心表示,根據今年剛完成的普查結果,南投縣目前約有兩百隻石虎。為守護石虎,特生中心在當地堆動「友善石虎農作」,與農友們約定「五不」,即不使用農藥、不使用化學肥料、不使用除草劑、不使用滅鼠藥、不使用捕獸夾,希望能打造有利石虎生存的環境。

石虎棲息於台灣淺山森林,因棲地遭受破獲及非法獵補,已被列為瀕臨絕種保育類野生動物。農委會特生中心近年來積極推動石虎保育,除推廣友善石虎農作,也致力於石虎救傷照護及野生石虎生態追蹤調查等。

(自由時報記者吳欣恬、台北時報編譯涂宇安)

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