Red Brick Daily

With an anti-euthanasia policy coming into effect in early 2017, a report has found that of the 22 cities and counties in Taiwan, only three — New Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taitung County — have achieved the goal of ending killings at public animal shelters.

Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taoyuan, Yilan and Keelung will, they say, achieve the goal of zero killing next year … but these areas warn of difficulties if they continue the policy permanently.

The simple fact is, rights groups say, public pressure to get stray dogs and cats off the streets is greater than the capacity of public shelters to house the animals.

The Animal Protection Act was amended in February 2015 and under the revised act, “putting down” animals in public shelters after 12 days will stop by February 4, 2017.

It is doubtful the new policy can be implemented as scheduled, as Hsinchu, Miaoli, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Pingtung, Hualien, Penghu and Kinmen all say they cannot achieve the goal.

What solution would you propose? More funding for shelters? Catch and release programs? Or is euthanasia necessary … at least until the stray animal situation is under control?