The euthanising of 154 illegally smuggled cats has triggered a fierce political debate in #Taiwan – agriculture authorities say it was necessary to prevent possible spread of disease, animal rights groups say a reprieve shd have been granted to test the cats, politicians divided https://t.co/UKitFH8d9z
— Nicola Smith (@niccijsmith) August 23, 2021
What is with all of this animal sacrifice?
And of animals we like?
Not only does China have more free speech than the West – they also at least eat the cats they kill!
A decision by Taiwan authorities to euthanise 154 cats found in an attempted smuggling operation has sparked outcry and calls to change laws and increase penalties.
Coast guards intercepted a fishing vessel from China on Thursday about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Kaohsiung, on Taiwan’s southern tip. After Covid screening, officials boarded the fishing boat the following day and discovered 62 cages containing the cats, including Russian Blue, Ragdoll, Persian American Shorthair, and British Shorthair breeds.
The animals were estimated to have a value of $10m New Taiwan Dollars (US$357,504). All were put down on Saturday, which also happened to be International Homeless Animals Day.
Government officials said they made the decision to euthanise all the cats as their origin was unknown and they posed a biosecurity risk, but the drastic measure prompted an outpouring of grief and anger among Taiwanese people and animal rights groups.
— 程興桃Hans (@irkevjim) August 22, 2021
— Taiwan News (@TaiwanNews886) August 21, 2021
“Does Taiwan have no quarantine capability? Do Taiwanese kill innocent cats like this?” said one commenter.
“It is so sad the cats has to die, but in order to protect the country this is the right thing to do.”
Taiwan has a high rate of pet ownership and a booming industry around caring for them, including accessories like prams and services like pet psychics. The news of the 154 cats, which lead many local outlets’ “most-read” lists, was also accompanied by photos of the cages all lined up in a government facility, and some close up images of kittens, prior to their destruction.
The outcry prompted a public statement from Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, who herself owns two cats which are frequently shown in her social media posts.
Shock that the childless female president of the anal democracy has cats.
Tsai said she was saddened by the event, but blamed the deaths on the smugglers and urged the public to understand the need to prevent the inadvertent importation of diseases in smuggled animals. However she also said amendments to current law should be considered to allow for more humane approaches.
In tens of thousands of comments, many Taiwan residents questioned why the cats couldn’t go into quarantine or be treated. Much of the anger was directed at the smugglers, while some commenters questioned the ferocity of the outcry over pet cats compared to the culling of other species for biosecurity reasons. Others urged people to learn from the incident and adopt their pets instead of seeking out prestigious breeds.
A local NGO, Taiwan Animal Emergency Rescue, said it had offered to pay for the quarantine of the animals and criticised the quick decision to euthanise.
“Animals are innocent. There are rules about border regulations, but they can actually check whether animals are sick or not,” a spokesman said.
“I understands the importance of laws and regulations for the domestic ecology, but… I hope that the law can be amended and treat these lives in a more humane way.”
Chen Chi-chung, head of the government’s agriculture council, stood by the decision and took full responsibility.
“Even after quarantine, these cats could still carry … diseases due to the long latency periods of viruses, which could pose a major threat to pets and farm animals in Taiwan,” Chen said, according to the Taipei Times.
There it is. Even if you quarantine the animals and test for known viruses, they could still somehow kill everyone with a secret, undetectable virus.
You never know who may have a secret virus. The only way to be safe is to put everyone into camps and then kill them.
That, or to force them to take the infinite vaxx and wear masks forever.