RTI Radio Taiwan InternationalRTI Radio Taiwan InternationalTaiwan's giraffe controversy

  • 17 July, 2021

It's a plan that's enraged animal rights activists: a private Taiwanese zoo with a poor track record in terms of animal welfare wants to import 18 giraffes. But this isn't just a story about one zoo and 18 giraffes: it throws a spotlight onto broader issues, such as Taiwan's diplomatic isolation and what that means for its responsibility to uphold international wildlife protection rules. It also raises questions about the power of Taiwan's media conglomerates and about whether Taiwan has what it takes to uphold its own animal protection laws or hold zoos that violate the law to account. Joining us today for a look at the controversy and the latest developments is Connie Chiang, Executive Director of the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.