Time: 9:30am, April 18, 2019 (Thursday)
Location: Taiwan Animal Protection College (Suite 4, 3F, No. 162 Section 4 Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei)
Photos and videos from our investigation will be provided at the press conference
Family farm, direct delivery, premium quality, professional care, single source—these terms are commonplace on the dairy products which line our supermarket shelves. However, do they guarantee the welfare of the most important actor in the dairy production process, the mother cow?
Taiwan’s climate is hot and humid, and conditions on its dairy farms lag behind the rest of the world. Add to this the continuous cycles of simultaneous impregnation and intensive lactation, and it is clear why countless dairy cows are trapped in a life of misery and suffering.
According to the Taiwanese government’s Council of Agriculture (COA) 2017 statistics, there are 553 dairy farms and 111,376 dairy cows in Taiwan, which together produce 384,362 metric tons of raw milk worth in excess of NTD $10.1 billion per year. However, the government is still yet to introduce animal welfare guidelines to protect the basic needs of these originally temperate-dwelling animals.
When dairy cows are unhealthy, illness is the norm, and antibiotics are regularly applied, it is time to re-examine dairy cow welfare and ensure the safety of consumers.
We look forward to presenting the ‘Five Indicators of Suffering’ for Taiwan’s dairy cows, and sharing with you video footage and photographic materials from our comprehensive investigations.
EAST Deputy Chief Executive, Yu-Min Chen: 0910 150 908 / 22369735