Sun, Mar 13, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

AGENCIES

■ Diplomacy

Caribbean support offered

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines firmly support Taiwan's objection to China's attempt to enact an "anti-secession law, " an official from Taiwan's embassy in the Caribbean country said Friday. The diplomat said that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' Deputy Prime Minister Louis Straker, who doubles as the foreign affairs minister, said in a statement March 10 that his country firmly supports Taiwan's opposition to enactment of the law, which authorizes Beijing to use "non-peaceful means" should Taiwan move toward independence. Noting that Taiwan has contributed significantly to the development of every sector of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' economy since the two countries established diplomatic relations two decades ago, Straker said his country and government support Taiwan's status as an independent country and the Taiwan people's right to decide their own future.

■ Health

Pet vaccines available

The Council of Agriculture (COA) said that vaccines for cats and dogs are in sufficient supply and urged owners to take their pets to the veterinarian to receive their regular shots. The government lifted late last year the ban on imports from the US of cat and dog vaccines containing ruminant serum, and that so far, 409,761 doses have been imported. The officials said that in view of the fact that around 70,000 doses on average are used in Taiwan every month, the current supply should be sufficient to meet demand for the first half of the year. They reminded pet owners to take their cats and dogs to veterinarians to receive vaccinations regularly to ensure their pet's health and to avoid diseases that could be contracted by people.

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