Taiwan's First Animal Rights Party Has Been Launched
Taipei Times has reported that the Taiwan Animal Protection Party, Taiwan’s first animal rights political party, was launched in Taipei just last week.
According to the article, hundreds of people gathered to mark the founding of the party, including monks, politicians and business people, with Buddhist groups organizing a blessing ceremony for animals. Hua Pei-chun, the executive officer of the Taiwan Animal Protection Party, elaborated on the reasons behind establishing the party:
“The animal rights movement has a large support base, but its momentum is diffused by different campaigns. The legislation of progressive law requires consistent output and solidarity. That is why the party was founded.”
The goals of the party include raising awareness of animal welfare issues, aiming to improve the conditions of farm animals, advocating for humane slaughter, and helping local governments prepare for the “zero euthanasia” policy taking effect in February 2017. The party currently has 300 members, with Pei-chun estimating that the number will soon grow to 3,000.
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