Taiwan to introduce fines against unlicensed sellers of cats

A person pets a cat in this undated file photo. According to the Taipei City Animal Protection Office, a permit will be required for the business of selling, breeding or boarding cats, and failure to comply will result in a fine and suspension of operations. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Starting next October, a permit will be required for the business of selling, breeding or boarding cats, and failure to comply will result in a fine and suspension of operations, the Taipei City Animal Protection Office said Wednesday.

The new rules will take effect Oct. 17 next year, following last month’s revision of the Regulations for Particular Animal Industry Management to include cats.

Prior to the amendment, only dogs were covered under the regulations, but due to a recent sharp increase in the number of cats registered as pets in Taiwan, it has become necessary to include cats, the office said.

According to its statistics, there are 30-40 cat hotels and pet shops that sell cats in Taipei.

All such businesses must obtain a permit by Oct. 17, 2018 in order to continue their operations, said Lin Li-jung (林立容), an official from the office’s Pet Industry and Wildlife Conservation Section.

The fines for violation of the new regulations will range from NT$100,000 (US$3,324) to NT$3 million, the Taipei City Animal Protection Office said in a statement.

In the period 2012 to 2016, the number of cats registered as pets in Taiwan rose from 27,548 to 61,364, according to data.

By Liu Chien-pang and Christie Chen