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Vice president Lu calls for the protection of rare bird


Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday that it is Taiwan's duty to protect the endangered black-faced spoonbill.

Lu made the pitch for the wild bird at the opening of a black-faced spoonbill conservation fair in the southwestern Taiwan coastal town of Chiku in Tainan County to enhance public awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation.

"Tainan County is a marvelous place with a very special natural environment," Lu said, adding that many of the county's ecological features, particularly its extraordinary maritime ecological scenery, deserve protection.

Noting that hundreds of black-faced spoonbills migrate annually from the north of the globe to Chiku to spend the winter, Lu said the people of Taiwan are obliged to protect the rare birds.

"As all living beings are equal," Lu said. "Humans have no right to threaten the survival of another species."

Lu said she thinks it's shameful that many animal species are now on the verge of extinction due to human ransacking of their natural habitats.

At the end of her speech, Lu said that she herself feels like a black-faced spoonbill, referring to her steadfast political views, which have made her like a "rare and even endangered species" in Taiwan's boisterous political arena.

The Tainan County Government-sponsored black-faced spoonbill conservation fair attracted a number of domestic and foreign wildlife conservation groups. Foreign participants came from Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, North Korea and Hong Kong.

The BBC sent a production crew to film the fair and to record information on the lives of Chiku's black-faced spoonbills.

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