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.
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