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2020-10-19 | 公共電視

Abused Pet Raccoons Landed Taipei Zoo|北市咖啡廳被虐浣熊獲救 落腳動物園

Four pet raccoons were relocated to the Taipei Zoo after it was found that their owner was mistreating them.

Two raccoons rushed over to claim their food as animal care workers brought the food. These were previously kept in a coffee shop in Taipei, where they had to wait for the consumers to feed them. But now, these raccoons need to dig into the earth for bugs and fruits. Their new home has allowed them to explore freely in a more diversified habitat with roosts and ropes. This in turn has improved the animals' stereotypical behaviors such as turning around in circles when they were confined in a small space.

After more than a month of behavior modification, its behavior has become more naturalized. The animals are no longer overly nervous and restless during the day because when they were at the pet coffee shop, they had to move along with the consumers so that they could be fed.

In June of 2020, a coffee shop owner in Taipei was found mistreating the raccoons. Later, Taipei City Councilor Hsu Shu-hua and the Taipei City Animal Protection Office (TCAPO) intervened and relocated the four raccoons to the Taipei Zoo. The owner was fined NT$45,000 for mistreating the animals, but it was the residents of Taipei who had to bear the cost of relocating the four raccoons.

One shouldn't be allowed to keep a wide animal as a pet and then ask the public to pay when he or she decides to abandon the pet.

The cost of relocating these animals seems like a punishment to the general public and not the one who was in trouble. Everyone should think thoroughly if it is appropriate to keep wild animals as pets.

Although the government passed the law on Showcasing Animals Management, City councilor Hsu Shu-hua pointed out that there is still a gray area in which the regulation on governing coffee shops charging customers with a fee for interacting with wild animals is still absent.

一聽到保育人員送來食物,兩隻浣熊一改慵懶,趕緊衝過來,不再像以前由消費者餵食,浣熊要吃到蟲子跟水果,還要設法用挖的,來到新家,可以探索,有了棲架、繩索,生活環境更多元,過去浣熊被關在小空間,所產生不斷轉圈圈等刻板行為,總算有了改善。

台北市立動物園動物組助理研究員彭仁隆表示:「經過這一個多月的行為矯正之後,牠的行為,明顯的比較自然化了。也不會說,在白天過度的焦躁跟緊張。因為可能過去,在寵物餐廳,牠們是會一直的不斷在配合遊客,在做一些移動,跟餵食等等。」

今年六月底,發生咖啡廳老闆虐待店內浣熊之事,後來由台北市議員許淑華與北市動保處介入協助,四隻浣熊被沒入,最後送往動物園安置。雖然業者因不當飼養,遭罰四萬五千元,不過四隻浣熊送來動物園照顧,最後卻變成市民埋單。

台北市議員 許淑華表示:「不要說,有了野生動物,你養了牠,棄養以後,就全部要政府來埋單,錢又花人民的錢,這是不應該的。」

台北市立動物園發言人 曹先紹表示:「其實罰的,好像是在罰全民,不是在罰原來闖禍的人。能夠讓大家,在想要有養野生動物的衝動之前,要想清楚,適不適當?」

另外雖然國內已完成「動物展演管理辦法」立法,但市議員許淑華指出,對於咖啡廳以野生動物為號召,吸引民眾來消費,但未針對觀賞動物收費的營業行為,似乎還難以規範,也突顯出法令的灰色模糊地帶。

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