防非洲豬瘟生力軍報到!「護國神犬」Mini將派守金門 | Mini stands on guard against ASF

Detector dog Mini from the Quarantine Prevention Unit will be transferred from Taoyuan Airport to Kinmen. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The Chinese New Year is right around the corner and many Taiwanese businesspeople and Chinese tourists are expected to arrive in Taiwan via Kinmen and the Mini Three Links. In light of the recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), Mini, a dog from the Quarantine Prevention Unit with 6 years of experience under its belt, has been deployed to “guard the frontier.” 

春節即將到來,許多台商返鄉或是中國大陸遊客可能會經由小三通到達金門,為了防止非洲豬瘟,金門的防疫至關重要,因此調派有6年經驗的檢疫犬Mini「鎮守邊疆」。  

The “senior detector dog” was transferred to Kinmen to join the frontline’s quarantine service after 6 years of service at Taoyuan Airport to bolster epidemic prevention at the Shuitou Pier, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said on Jan.15. BAPHIQ indicated that Mini inspected 2,642 batches of animal and plant quarantine objects in 2018. This number equals to 3 metric tons of merchandise for a successful detection rate of over 80 percent, which is very stable. 

防檢局今(15)日表示,為了提高金門水頭碼頭的防疫能量,今日調派在桃園機場執勤6年的資深檢疫犬Mini,前往金門加入前線檢疫勤務。防檢局表示,Mini目前已經工作6年多,工作表現優異。2018年就查獲2,642批,重約3公噸的動植物檢疫物,正確率達8成以上,非常穩定。  

Since Mini left Taoyuan Airport, new quarantine detector dogs have joined the new force. Chou Hui-juan, deputy director of BAPHIQ, said that Mini’s current master dog trainer has already started training a new dog, Gavin, which is expected to be on duty before the end of this month. The number of quarantine detector dogs remains stable at 25 animals at Taoyuan Airport. 

而在Mini離開桃園機場之後,也有新的檢疫犬加入生力軍,防檢局副局長鄒慧娟表示,目前Mini的現任領犬員亦已經與新檢疫犬Gavin搭配進行轉訓中,預計本月底之前就能開始在桃機執勤,桃園機場的檢疫犬仍然是25隻,沒有變動。  

Asked about the possibility of adding more detector dogs, the deputy chairman of Council of Agriculture remarked during a previous interview that the training takes time and it could not happen overnight. For, the current number of quarantine detector dogs is 47 and the possibility of increasing the number to 76 by 2022 will depend on the results of ongoing training. 

而在新增檢疫犬的部分,農委會副主委黃金城先前受訪時表示,檢疫犬養成並非一朝一夕,需要時間訓練,現有檢疫犬數量為47隻,目標2022年要增加到76隻,屆時還是要看訓練成果如何而定。