Today (3rd May), a news item was posted on chinapost.com titled ‘Animal rights activists call for an independent agency’.
‘… TAIPEI–Animal rights activists yesterday called for an independent agency dedicated to animal protection, saying that placing animal protection and livestock under the same agency creates a conflict due to the nature of the jobs.
Livestock is raised for sale and eventual slaughter while animals should be protected, Chu told a press conference in front of the Legislative Yuan, adding that this is a contradiction in terms of job responsibilities.
Currently, the Council of Agriculture (COA) is in charge of animal protection, as well as livestock, fishery and forestry issues.
Under the draft organic act for upgrading the COA to the Ministry of Agriculture, a department will be established to take care of livestock industry and animal protection at the same time.
The activists called for an independent animal protection agency under the Agriculture Ministry with enough resources and funds to properly protect the rights of animals …’
Read the item and add your comment online at www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/05/03/339888/Animal-rights.htm