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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.


Bad eggs: curbing the spread of cruel cage systems for egg-laying ducks

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.  

What is Taiwan's Pigs of God weighing contest?

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

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.

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3 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