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Animal rights activists call for trap-neuter-return law

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Animal rights activists yesterday took to the streets in Taipei demanding that the government introduce a “trap-neuter-return” (TNR) law to humanely handle stray animals.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Ketegalan Boulevard near the presidential palace, calling for the government to stop mistreating and killing stray animals.

Currently, captured stray animals are kept in government-run pounds for 12 days, after which they are put to death if nobody adopts them.

Activists also claimed that stray animal control workers often use cruel methods when catching animals.

They said that instead of having the animals killed, the government should control populations of stray animals by first neutering the animals and then returning them to the places in which they were originally captured.

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A dog is carried by animal rights activists during a demonstration in Taipei yesterday. Demonstrators urged the government to control populations of stray animals by neutering rather than killing.

(CNA)

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