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Lawmakers want certain changes to Conservation Law

LET THEM MULTIPLY The ban on the private breeding of protected animals should be revised, to ensure the survival of certain species

CNA , TAIPEI

Two DPP lawmakers urged the government yesterday to revise the Wildlife Conservation Law (野生動物保育法) to allow for the breeding of protected animals by private breeders under certain conditions.

DPP legislators Su Chih-fen (蘇治芬) and Lin Yu-sheng (林育生) said at a news conference that the ban on private breeding of protected animals or endangered species is unreasonable.

The Council of Agriculture should amend the provision to allow private breeders to breed protected animals under certain conditions, the lawmakers said, adding that state-owned research institutes should be allowed to cooperate with private keepers in breeding programs.

The lawmakers made the call after receiving a petition from a resident in Pingtung County who has twice been fined by the county government for breeding Formosan black bears, an indigenous species subject to special protection.

Lee Teng-cheng, who raised two Formosan black bears before the Wildlife Conservation Law was implemented in 1989, said he had his animals registered after the promulgation of the law.

"But every time my animals give birth, I am fined by the county government for violating the breeding ban," Lee complained.

Lee filed a petition with the Legislative Yuan last year after he was fined NT$10,000 when one of his bears gave birth.

Another of his animals gave birth to a pair of cubs late last year and he was fined again.

"The government should arrange for research bodies to assist private breeders of legally registered protected animals in breeding and caring for them, instead of punishing them," he said.

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