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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.

News

Bound for the history books: EAST calls on the COA to put an end to cruel fish binding practice

2019/10/04
If you visit a traditional Taiwanese wet market you may see vendors selling so-called ‘bow fish’. The term refers to Giant Sea Perch bent into the shape of a ‘U’, bound by a nylon thread pulled tightly from their mouths to their tails. Fish binding aims to keep fish alive longer out of water, with the purported aim of preserving freshness. However, by forcing the gills open and increasing their exposure to oxygen, this outdated practice causes fish to slowly suffocate to death while painfully contorted, causing acute, prolonged suffering.
動物保護

2020 Legislative Election Animal Protection Pledge

2019/10/01
It is in this context that animal protection organizations have united to formulate eight legislative demands, which respond to domestic and international developments in this field.

Bad eggs: Halt the spread of cage systems for Taiwan’s laying ducks

2019/09/10
billion a year to the  economy in Taiwan, with the prized Brown Tsaiya duck famed for its world-leading egg laying rate. But a recent phenomenon has seen unscrupulous producers confine these water-loving animals to tiny, barren cages without access to water, causing unknowing consumers to unwittingly support this inexcusable cruelty.  

The Pigs of God weighing contest

2019/08/21
The Pigs of God pig weighing contest sees pigs reared to extraordinary weights to compete for the title of the heaviest pig. The pigs are sacrificed as part of annual temple festivities, with the owners of the heaviest pigs awarded prizes by the temple, as well as local politicians. The contest is not specific to a particular religious tradition, and is carried out by an extreme minority of Taiwan’s many thousands of temples of varying religions and folk beliefs.
乳牛 友善畜牧

The ‘Five Indicators of Suffering’ for Taiwan’s dairy cows

2019/04/18
Today (April 18), the Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) will hold a press conference and lay out ‘Five Indicators of Suffering’, calling on the Council of Agriculture to confront the serious challenges facing the NTD $10.1 billion dairy industry and act swiftly to enact guidelines for the welfare of Taiwan’s 111,376 dairy cows.
友善雞蛋

Matcha fans rejoice! Renowned Matcha Prince dessert chain to expand to Taiwan will use cage-free eggs"

2019/01/11
Matcha Prince—the exclusive mascot of Uji city, Kyoto, Japan —is venturing overseas for the first time. On January 10, Matcha Prince will open its first store on level two of the Breeze Centre at Nanshan Plaza (No. 3, Songlian Rd, Xinyi District). Apart from original products imported from Kyoto, all pastries will use premium Uji matcha and eggs from members of the Cage-Free Alliance . Matcha swiss rolls and Kyoto Ross Cake(京香捲) will be among products featured on the menu. Slated gift series collaborations with famed Taiwanese pineapple cake maker, Shu Shin Bou (手信坊), will also use only cage-free eggs.
野生動物 動物園與表演動物 海洋保育

Illegal turtle swap? Improper rearing? Is the government powerless?! End the improper confinement and exhibition of sea turtles at Penghu County’s Dayi Temple

2018/11/29
Dayi Temple (大義宮) of Zhuwan Village (竹灣村) in Penghu Country, dedicated to the worship of Guan Yu (關公), has for the last thirty years reared more than ten sea turtles in a filthy, sealed underground room, deprived of natural light. Sea turtles are solitary animals in the wild, but have been kept in the same pool at the temple while being exhibited for the visiting public.
野生動物 動物園與表演動物 海洋保育

【Press Release】Illegal turtle swap? Improper rearing? Is the government powerless?! End the improper confinement and exhibition of sea turtles at Penghu County’s Dayi Temple

2018/11/28
Dayi Temple (大義宮) of Zhuwan Village (竹灣村) in Penghu Country, dedicated to the worship of Guan Yu (關公), has for the last thirty years reared more than ten sea turtles in a filthy, sealed underground pool, deprived of natural light. Sea turtles are solitary animals in the ocean, but have been kept in the same pool at the temple while being exhibited for the visiting public.

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