Mayor Observes World Animal Day, Pledges More Effort to Protect Animal Rights
To mark the World Animal Day on October 4, the Parks and Street Light Office (PSLO) joined Asian Environmental Ecology Protection Association, Friends of Daan Forest Park Foundation, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, and animal protection organizations from California in holding a fair at Daan Forest Park.Mayor Ko Wen-je noted that World Animal Day was launched in Florence in 1931, aimed at raising public awareness on protecting endangered creatures. Over the years, the campaign has grown to encompass wildlife preservation, attracting the participation across 85 countries. With a view to establishing a caring culture for animals, the City has implemented a series of policies to improve animal welfare. Measures include setting up dog parks in Zhongzheng, Wenshan, and Neihu districts. It plans to pick up the pace of setting up such facilities to provide more room for residents’ furkids to run wild off leash. The World Animal Day fair features a variety of activities spanning NGOs’ information display stalls, single moms group of Genesis Social Welfare Foundation’s snack giveaway, children’s painting competition, and others. Accompany Dogs Association, National Veterinary Hospital, Taiwan Cat Lovers’ Association, and Dom Education Association also demonstrated their support for the initiative by participating in the fair.