Regulation of sales of cats to be broadened: COA

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Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) With an increasing number of Taiwanese keeping cats as pets, the Council of Agriculture (COA) is looking to include cats in its regulations on the management of the sale of specific animals, an official said on Saturday.

In an interview with CNA, Chiang Wen-chuan (江文全), chief of the COA's animal protection division, revealed the council's plans to amend its Regulations for Particular Animal Industry Management, which currently only covers dogs, to include cats.

Chiang said the amendment is necessary to supplement the Animal Protection Act.

The Act requires anyone who "operates breeding, trading and lodging business of specific breeds of pets" to possess a permit, but it currently only applies in practice to those in the dog business because dogs are the only "specific breed" cited in the COA's regulations, leaving the sale of cats open to abuse.

Those who breed, trade or lodge specific breeds of pets without a permit face a fine of NT$100,000 (US$3,290) to NT$3 million and an order to stop operating the business.

The council, which will announce the amendment as soon as next week, decided to add cats to the types of pets governed by the regulations after seeing a surge of cats being registered as pets in Taiwan from 2012 to 2016.

While only 27,548 cats were registered as pets in 2012, the number rose to 61,364 in 2016. In Taiwan, certain animals that are kept as pets need to be registered as required under the Regulations for Pet Registry Management.

The amendment will take effect in a year's time, giving businesses a buffer period to make the proper arrangements to abide by the new regulations.

(By Yang Su-min and Kuan-lin Liu)

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