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Taiwan News Quick Take

AFP AND STAFF WRITER

■HEALTH

Breastfeeding bill drafted

Taiwan is to protect the right of nursing mothers to breastfeed in public, with hefty fines for those who try to stop them as part of a campaign to promote the practice, officials said yesterday. The government’s Bureau of Health Promotion is drafting a bill that would impose a penalty of up to NT$30,000 for anyone attempting to prevent breastfeeding in public, a bureau official said. “Public breastfeeding is a global trend and we want to ensure a better environment for mothers to nurse their babies,” said the official, who works for the bureau’s women and children affairs’ division. The bill will require final approval by the legislature. The rule came after an outcry over an earlier incident when five women were forced to leave a museum in Taipei after they were found to be openly nursing their babies. The bureau said it would air a commercial featuring mothers nursing their children in various public places, including a department store and a train station, to promote the concept.

■EVENTS

Pet Carnival planned

The fifth annual Pet Carnival will be held by the non-profit Animals Taiwan between Jan. 8 and Jan. 10 in Taipei. The event will run from 1pm to 9pm at the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi New Life Square in Xinyi District (信義), the event organizer said. The festivities will include performances and contests as selling pet-related items. More information can be found by visiting www.animalstaiwan.org or phoning (02) 2833-8820. Those interested in being volunteers at the Pet Carnival can also contact Animals Taiwan’s volunteer coordinator Lilian Lim at lilian@animalstaiwan.org.

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