In Taiwan newly registered pet cats outnumbered newborn babies (2023)

Taiwanese couples appear to be adopting pets particularly cats rather than having a baby

In what I would consider to be a developed world trend, in Taiwan newborn pet cats outnumber newborn babies (2023). The Taipei Times reports that “as of last year, Taiwan had 94,544 registered pet dogs and 137,652 pet cats, the data showed. By contrast, 135,571 babies were born last year.” My research indicates that …

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Taiwan teacher chastised by students for dropping his cat upside down in class

Cat employed the self-righting reflex to land on their feet

A teacher in Taiwan, Mr. Lee Feng, faced significant online backlash after a video surfaced showing him dropping his pet cat in a classroom to demonstrate the physics principle of conservation of angular momentum. The incident, which was intended to show how cats naturally reorient themselves when falling from a height, resulted in public …

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Tsai Ing-wen is a cat lover (ailurophile)

Tsai Ing-Wen and her two cats

It is nice to know that the first female president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, is a cat lover, a democracy campaigner and a gay-rights champion. Those three topics go together quite nicely, don’t they? I think you will find that the vast majority of cat lovers also support democracy and gay-rights and the rights …

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154 purebred cats smuggled from China to Taiwan by sea have been put down

164 smuggled purebred cats euthanised for biosecurity reasons

NEWS AND COMMENT – TAIWAN: I wrote about this earlier. It concerns a smuggling operation when purebred cats of great value are smuggled from mainland China to Taiwan using the sea route. The smugglers have been intercepted and the cats confiscated. It is now reported in The Guardian newspaper that, in total, the cats …

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Taiwanese town where tourists abandon and steal cats on a whim

Houtong Taiwan's 'cat village'

NEWS AND COMMENT: Taiwan’s ‘cat village’ is the town of Houtong in the north. It is referred to as a ‘cat village’ because there are hundreds of cats while the population of humans is smaller. And it has become a tourist attraction because of it. It was originally a mining town but the population …

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Taiwanese veterinarian overwhelmed with concern for stray animals euthanized herself

Vet and dog

Her name is Chien Chih-cheng. She was a very bright woman who graduated from Taiwan’s top university. She had the highest mark in the civil service exam. She could have worked anywhere but chose an animal shelter where she showed massive dedication but became suicidal over the high kill rate. On 5th May 2015, …

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Student murdered a well-known cat so he could feel better he said

Chan attacked by mob

They say that gross animal cruelty is a precursor to violence against people. I think it applies very strongly in this instance. A 24-year-old student from Macau living in Taipei, Taiwan brutally killed a tabby cat belonging to a vegetarian restaurant owner because he said that he was in a bad mood. He wanted …

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