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Animal protection measures in Taiwan: Taiwanese attitudes toward the animal protection law and animal shelters

By H. Y. Weng, P. H. Kass, L. A. Hart, B. B. Chomel

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This study used a questionnaire, self-administered by 387 Taiwanese citizens, to assess Taiwanese perception and knowledge of the Animal Protection Law and perception and use of animal shelters. Most respondents (87%) knew that Taiwan has legal protection for animals. A -5 to 5 summary score measured knowledge of companion animal dog-related legal requirements. The median score was 3, indicating that almost all respondents had inadequate knowledge about these requirements. Although more dog caregivers had adequate knowledge of the law than did nondog caregivers (prevalence ratio=1.9, 95% confidence interval: 1.1, 3.2), only 19% had adequate knowledge. Although most respondents (81%) knew Taiwan has animal shelters, only 19 (5%) reported visiting or participating in shelter activities. Only 6 (32%) of shelter visitors or users had a "good or better" impression of services received. Despite low usage of animal shelters, most respondents thought shelters should accept (87%) and relocate (90%) unwanted animals, capture strays (64%), assist in finding lost pets (79%), and educate the public about responsible ownership (85%). More than half (52%) thought shelters should perform euthanasia.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 9
Issue 4
Pages 315-326
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0904_6
Language English
Author Address Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616,
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal rights
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Asia
  5. Attitudes
  6. Canidae
  7. Canine
  8. Carnivores
  9. Developed countries
  10. Dogs
  11. Law and legal issues
  12. Legal aspects
  13. Mammals
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. principles
  17. shelters
  18. surveys
  19. Taiwan
  20. vertebrates
  1. peer-reviewed