About EAST

The Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization campaigning for improvements for animals, people and the environment in Taiwan. EAST was established in 1999. We believe that human welfare is closely linked with animal welfare and environmental protection.

We aim to address the roots of problems. Our research uncovers cruelties and injustices that society would otherwise not be aware of. We also believe that effective change needs to happen at a legislative level as well as through awareness-raising and institutional education.

Besides advocating for better welfare for companion animals, farm animals, wildlife and experimental animals, we actively engage in many environmental issues. We also promote freedom of government information, and lobby for the improvement of existing legislation, with better citizen participation in public policy-making in Taiwan.

For more information, please visit EAST’s website at http://www.east.org.tw .


Nothing divine about pig-fattening

The management of New Taipei City’s Sansia Zushih Temple in 2012 said it would stop holding its annual heaviest pig contest and sacrificial pig ceremony after last year, having come under pressure from animal rights advocates.

No More Shows Over Animals' Suffering -NGOs in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, UK and US Appeals for Cruelty-free Tourism

The increasing communication between Taiwan and China is affecting the survival and welfare of countless animals. In order to raise the awareness of animal protection, organizations from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the United Kingdom and the United States hold a press conference jointly on 1st Dec. to release the investigation report on the thriving marine mammal performance facilities and the travelling packages containing cetacean performances provided by travel agencies in Taiwan and China. We appeal to the public to stop seeing shows that would cause animals to suffer. We also discourage traveling agencies from promoting package tours containing animal shows.

First Asian Nation to Ban Seal Oil

Taiwan passes a law to ban the import and sale of marine mammals and their products in order to protect wild animals. Together with HSI Canada, we have worked rigorously to achieve this legislation for years. We appreciate very much for the support of the Taiwanese public, lawmakers, the Council of Agriculture, students from Chung Yuan Christian University and the animal rights group “Animosa.” The passing of this important bill is a historic step forward in protecting seals in the north Atlantic.

Taiwan’s miracle gone bad: the sad 326 An investigation into the situation of dogs and cats in pounds in 326 towns and cities in Taiwan shows widespread cruelty and abuse by the authorities

Do you know where cats and dogs go after they are collected from the streets? And how they are treated?Today, the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) announced the results of its investigation, “Taiwan’s Miracle? – From Life to Garbage”, accusing the Taiwanese government and local authorities of long-term abuse of stray dogs and cats. It has been 12 years since the Animal Protection Law took effect, but the population of stray dogs and cats keeps increasing. It is obvious that the government needs to take a long hard look at itself.

Humane Society International and EAST joint statement

Humane Society International (HSI) and EAST are writing to ask for your help in preserving marine ecosystems and reducing cruelty to animals. Specifically, we are asking you to immediately and permanently remove any products containing shark fin from your restaurant menu. In addition, we ask you to adopt and implement a written policy of never serving products containing shark fin at your restaurant. 

社團法人台灣動物社會研究會 All rights reserved by EAST 立案證號:台內社字第八九〇九四〇〇號 法人登記證號:105證他字第232號 (02)22369735~6 eastfree@east.org.tw 台北市中正區羅斯福路四段162號3樓之4 劃撥帳號:19461051 戶名:社團法人台灣動物社會研究會 網站協力:拾穗者文化