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Pet cat regulations to be tightened: COA

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With a surge of cats being registered as pets in Taiwan over the past five years reflecting an increasing number of Taiwanese keeping cats as pets, the Council of Agriculture (COA) has decided to include cats in its Regulations for the Management of Designated Pet Industries, an official said on Saturday. The amendment will be announced by next week at the earliest, and will take effect in a year’s time, giving businesses a buffer period to make the proper arrangements to get in line with the new regulations. Those operating a related business without a permit will face a fine of up to NT$3 million (US$100,000).

In Taiwan, certain animals kept as pets need to be registered, as required under the Regulations for Pet Registry Management. Chiang Wen-chuan, chief of the COA’s animal protection division, says statistics show a surge in the number of cat registrations from 2012 to 2016: While only 27,548 cats were registered as pets in 2012, the number rose to 61,364 in 2016, with over 70 percent of registered cats being neutered. The COA plans to amend its designated pet industries regulations, which currently only covers dogs, to include cats, so anyone who breeds, trades or boards cats without a permit will face a fine of between NT$100,000 (US$3,290) and NT$3 million and an order to close down the business.

Chiang said the amendment is necessary to supplement the Animal Protection Act, and it will help to improve, or even eliminate, problems derived from home breeding and inbreeding.

(CNA, translated by Lin Lee-kai)




1.buffer period phr.

緩衝期 (huan3 chong1 qi2)

2.permit n.

許可證 (xu2 ke3 zheng4)

3.breed v.

繁殖 (fan2 zhi2)

4.board v.

寄養 (ji4 yang3)



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