Animal rights march aimed at extending care beyond cats, dogs

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Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) An animal rights march will take place Saturday in Taipei in which the organizers hope to promote animal welfare for not only pets like cats and dogs but also animals that are exploited by humans.

Hung Fu-wei (洪芙瑋), spokeswoman of the Taiwan Animal Rights March, said the event is aimed at raising awareness that all animals have the right to live free from harm.

"Most people think that animal rights are about protecting stray cats and dogs, but we hope to take the opportunity to go a step further and point out that there are other animals that need our attention," Hung said.

For instance, there are animals exploited in the fur trade and for experiments, as well as those imprisoned for marine entertainment or used for human consumption, she said.

There are many ways in which people can contribute to the animal rights movement, which has gained huge momentum in recent years worldwide, Hung said.

While becoming vegetarian might scare away many people, they could at least try to reduce the amount of meat they eat, she said.

"Many people think the idea of saving animals is very far away from our lives, but if you eat three meals a day, you actually have three chances to help them," Hung said.

Now in its second year, the march has drawn increasing attention from the public, Hung said, adding that the grassroots efforts will eventually become powerful enough that the authorities will have to come up with better animal protection laws.

But she also admitted that the roughly 10 animal protection groups involved in the march have not yet put together an agenda to present to the government.

"Our priority now is to raise awareness," she said, adding that around 400 participants are expected to attend the march, double the number from last year.

The event will kick off at 1:30 p.m. at the Nishi Honganji Temple in the Ximending area.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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