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Taiwan government urged to punish hotel for animal abuse

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Asunto: (Taiwan) Government urged to punish hotel for animal abuse
Fecha: lunes, 29 de marzo, 2010 10:38

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Government urged to punish hotel for animal abuse

2010/03/29 18:28:38

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) An animal protection group urged the government Monday to enforce the law and punish the managers of a local hotel and a Chinese chef for animal abuse after the chef threw a live chicken into a pot of boiling water in public.

The chef, Zhang Xiaochun, was invited to perform a 3-minute chicken-cooking skills presentation at a press conference held by the Holiday Inn East Taipei in Taipei County March 21. Zhang scalded the chicken to death before plucking it and proceeding with the rest of the cooking process, the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) said.

"It was a wrong demonstration" that violated Taiwan's laws regulating animal protection and the slaughter of livestock, said EAST Director Chen Yu-min, noting that the press conference was a public relations event.

Those who attended the press conference included not only the hotel's general manager, Liu Heng-ching, but also Taipei County Director of Tourism and Travel Bureau Lee Chung-kuei, as well as reporters.

Through the subsequent media reports, what the public read and saw was "negative information" portraying the abuse and brutal killing of animals, the EAST said, warning that Zhang's culinary performance could lead to copycat killings by local people.

The influence of such demonstrations can be profound, Chen noted.

According to the EAST, the law states that the slaughter of poultry is only allowed to be performed at certified local traditional markets or private homes. Hotels are not on the list and the regulations stipulate that they must use meat from legal slaughterhouses, it noted.

EAST officials said the organization has filed a complaint against Zhang and Liu, as well as Holiday Inn East Taipei Chairman Chang Shan-liang, with the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, demanding an investigation into the case.

Meanwhile, government officials responsible for animal industry and quarantine affairs were unanimous that the public demonstration of the inhumane killing of a chicken violated the law.

Hsu Kuei-sen, director of the Animal Industry Department under the Council of Agriculture (COA) , said the conduct of boiling a chicken alive violates the Animal Protection Act.

However, it is the local government that has the authority to enforce the law, Hsu said, noting that it is up to the Taipei County Government to decide what action it will take on the matter.

Denouncing the culinary demonstration for violating both the humanitarian code and the Animal Industry Act, Huang Kuo-ching, deputy director-general of the COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, suggested that the local government should fine the hotel.

Under the law, the fines for such a crime range between NT$100,000 and NT$500,000 (US$15,700), according to Huang.

Taipei county officials were unavailable to comment on the matter.

The Taipei-based EAST, established in 1999, is a non-profit, non-government organization that campaigns for improvements for animals, people and the environment in Taiwan. It believes human welfare is closely linked to animal welfare and environmental protection. (By Yang Shu-min and Elizabeth Hsu) ENDITEM/J

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