大事記

 June 10, 1960 – Farm Animal Protection Association of R.O.C. established (Registered No. at the Ministry of the Interior R.O.C.: #555670)

APA is the first animal protection group established in Taiwan, dating all the way back to 1960. The former president of R.O.C., Chiang Kai-Shek saw how farm animals were inadequately looked after by their owners, and incidents of animal abuse was aplenty. In light of this observation, he requested that an animal protection group be established at the time to improve the welfare of people’s livestock. President Chiang had hoped by instituting such organization, it could help promote the value of animal protection and in turn, positively impact the public to treat their livestock animals with more kindness.

In June of 1960, the Farm Animal Protection Association of R.O.C. was hence formed. As the group expanded, the association was renamed to the Animal Protection Association of R.O.C. in 1973.     
 

June 4, 1973 - the Farm Animal Protection Association of R.O.C. was renamed to the Animal Protection Association of R.O.C.


1.  Hunting was banned by the government of R.O.C. in 1972. Echoing this policy change, the Association expanded its scope, to include the protection and conservation of wildlife animals in addition to farm animals. This prompted the Association to adopt its new name of the Animal Protection Association of R.O.C.

2. The Association consists of the Department of Administration, the Committee of Birds and Reptiles, and the Committee of Education respectively.

Collectively, their work focused on the study and research of animal protection related issues and measures, promoting animal welfare awareness and the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem, and developing moral values in the general public.

3. The Committee of Birds and Reptiles aided the founding of the Bird Association of Taipei, the Bird Association of Taichung and the Bird Association of Kaoshiung. The intention was to advocate the general public to engage in bird-watching activities.

The work of these new associations contributed to the development on the study of Taiwan’s bird and reptile species; the knowledge of which served as reference for government officials when developing law and regulations pertinent to wildlife animal protection.

4. Collaborated with the Wild Bird Society of Japan and the Wildlife Animal Protection Association of Korea to hold the first-ever “Protection of the East Asian Bird Species Seminar” in Seoul in 1982. APA hosted the same event in the following year, making it the first international event in which APA was engaged.

 

February 2nd, 1988 – Established the Shelter for Homeless Animals

1. With the help of good Samaritans in the community, in 1988, APA was able to establish the Shelter for Homeless Animals with the goal of providing a safe haven for homeless cats and dogs.  With the establishment of the shelter, APA actively promoted the attitude of “Love and Care for Your Pet Till the End, and Never Abandon Him/Her” to the general public.  

In addition, it was the same period during which it was prevalent in Taiwan for stray dogs/cats to be put down following their capture. In response, APA advocated spaying/neutering the stray animals to replace such inhumane practice.

APA was at the forefront in urging the government to institute animal protection laws, hoping to realize a world when there would be no more homeless animals through the means of law enforcement, education and neutering/spaying efforts.

2. Published the books of “The Plight of Abandoned Dogs in Taiwan – Study and Countermeasure” and “Animals and Law”. Both works were written by Dr. Ye Li-Sen, a graduate vet from the National Taiwan University’s Veterinary School.  Dr. Ye wrote the books with the intention to resolve the stray animal population issue faced in Taiwan.

3. The Shelter for Homeless Animals was first situated underneath the Yong-he Bridge before it was relocated to Danshui in the 90’s. In October of 2000, the Shelter moved to the current location – Bali, and received a new name, the Bali Sanctuary.  

It was then that APA began implementing the systemized practice of micro chipping all of the animals cared for at the Bali Sanctuary. A digital archive documenting each animal’s profile (characteristics, personality, health status, vaccination and medical records, etc) is also maintained.

Onsite staff is not only responsible for the upkeep of the shelter and feed the animals staying at the Bali Sanctuary. We also hold the staff accountable for how the dogs under their care are faring. Their level of familiarity with the dogs’ behavior and personality is reflected in their work performance evaluation.

At APA, we care about the animals staying at the Bali Sanctuary and thus we care about the quality of life we provide to them during their stay. And so we will do everything we can to make sure donor’s every dollar donated to us is best utilized.     

March 1st, 2003 – New office location

APA revamped its organizational structure under the leadership of the then legislator and also APA’s sixth Chairman, Mr. Jia-fu Tsai.  Enlisting the best individuals from all walks of life to join the APA family, APA incorporated business management strategies in its daily operations to streamline work processes to optimize the Association’s productivity.


APA’s new location: 3rd Floor, No263-6 Xinyi Road, Section4, Da-an District, Taipei City

Tel: 886-2-27040809

Please visit our new website at http://www.apatw.org , and please feel free to give us any comment or feedback.

 

August 27, 2004 – Adoption of the new name: Animal Protection Association of Republic of China (APA)

As a society, we’re still a long way from witnessing the day when all of our animals are treated with love and compassion by mankind. Many people still fall short when it comes to understanding what animal protection entails. It is exactly because of this reason, in 2004 APA held a public seminar on the topic of animal protection with the aim for attendees, through open discussion and debate, to reach a mutual understanding and consensus on this very topic. The conclusions reached would serve as reference point for the public sector when developing related measures and policies.   

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