Animal protection groups have recently notified the city that 2 dogs were discovered caught in wild boar snares in Yaorengoukeng, Taiping District. Although the dogs ultimately escaped from the snares, they had to have their legs amputated to prevent the spread of infection. The use of wild boar snares to trap animals is extremely cruel, and will cause permanent injuries to the unfortunate animals. In order to catch wild pigs or other game damaging crops, some farmers or hunters use powerful, difficult-to-escape traps, such as wild boar snares and leghold traps, and the animals caught in these traps often chew off their own legs to escape. As a result, traps are very commonly found with only an animal's leg; in which case the animal's fate cannot be determined. And if an animal cannot chew off its leg and escape, if no one finds it, it will slowly starve to death. Countless game animals, dogs, cats, and even humans have stumbled into these cruel traps, which pose a severe threat to the life and survival of all animals. To ensure that even more people understand the harm done to animals by these strong traps, Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office has continued to rely on awareness activities and literature to publicize the prohibition on the manufacture, sale, and use of leghold traps among farmer's associations, hardware sellers, and the public. Approximately 400 instances of awareness actions were taken in 2019, leghold trap notifications were issued in 30 cases, and 28 leghold traps were seized.
Furthermore, the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan has announced that, as of March 1, 2020, the use of wild boar snares will be completely banned, and all traps in which a metal loop holds an animal's limb will be included in this prohibition. The Health Inspection Office appeals to people to respect life, and remember that concern for animals must start from you and me. Those who use leghold traps or wild boar snares may be fined from NT$15,000 to NT$75,000, and those who cause animals injury or death, and who re-offend within a 5-year period, may receive up to 2 years of imprisonment. We ask you not to violate this law. If you discover a trap of this type, please quickly notify the Health Inspection Office so that we cannot prevent further harm.