According to reports by Chinese-language media outlets, Taiwan is set to ban state-run animal shelters from putting down animals next year.
The new measure, which is widely acknowledged to be a challenge given the amount of stray animals in the country, will save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats once it comes into effect in February 2017.
Estimates on the number of animals that will be saved by the new policy vary; however, it is believed somewhere between 100,000 to 200,000 dogs and cats will have their lives spared in the first year of implementation.
Currently, many public shelters for lost or abandoned animals have a policy that animals held for longer than 12 days without being claimed would be destroyed. This policy has seen thousands of animals, primarily dogs, euthanized over the years.
A number of city and county governments have raised concerns over the policy, with some administrators highlighting that …