Chapter I General Provisions
1.1 This Act is hereby enacted out of respect for animal lives
and for the purpose of animal protection.
1.2 This Act governs activities to protect animals. However,
other laws may prevail if they contain specific applicable
2.1 The term “competent authority” in this Act refers to one
of the following: the Council of Agriculture of the central
government, the municipal government of a special
municipality, or a city/county government.
2.2 A municipal, city/county government (hereinafter “local
government”) shall set up an animal protection agency
dedicated to the enforcement of this Act.
3.1 Definition of terms used in this Act:
3.1.1 Animal: a vertebrate, such as a dog or a cat, reared and
tended by human as a pet, an economic animal or a
3.1.2 Economic animal: an animal reared and tended for the
production of fur, meat, milk, or for other economic
purposes such as labor.
3.1.3 Laboratory animal: an animal reared and tended for
3.1.4 Scientific application: a usage for the purpose of
teaching, experiment; making biological products, trial
agents, drugs, poison; or facilitating organ transplant.
3.1.5 Pet: an animal, such as a dog or a cat, reared and tended
for pleasure or companionship.
3.1.6 Pet food: feed or substance to provide a balanced diet of
nutrients to animals declared as pets by the central
3.1.7 Owner: the person having possession of, or actually
tending, an animal.
3.1.8 Pet breeding facility: a place to cultivate, refine or
reproduce pets for commercial purposes.
3.1.9 Pet food vendor: a person/business engaged in the
manufacturing, processing, packaging, wholesale or
retail, or import/export of pet food.
3.1.10 Abuse: using violence, improper drug or other means --
beyond what is necessary to rear, tend or dispose of an
animal -- to harm an animal or cause it unable to
perform physical functions properly.
3.1.11 Transporter: someone whose job is to transport animals.
3.1.12 Slaughterer: someone whose job is to slaughter economic
animals at an abattoir.
3.1.13 Recreational animal: an animal for recreational purposes
used for display, entertainment, or riding at a
3.1.14 Animal show vendor: operator of a business using
recreational animals for display, entertainment, or
Chapter II General protection of animals
4.1 The central competent authority shall form a panel of experts, scholars, officials from relevant agencies and
representatives from legitimate animal welfare civic groups
to develop animal protection policies, as well as indicators
and white paper for animal welfare, also to review the
policy outcome every three months. The number of experts,
scholars and animal protection advocates combined – non-
officials – must not be less than two thirds of panel.
4.2 When and if there is a shortage of animal drug to treat
diseases, some categories of human drug declared by the
central competent authority may be use in dogs, cats and
non-economic animals as long as the veterinarian (or the vet
’s aid) enters a note in the medical record.
4.3 Regulations governing the use and management of human drug
on dogs, cats and non-economic animals -- as described in
Clause 4.2 -- shall be stipulated by the central competent
authority in collaboration with the central health competent
5.1 An animal owner must be over 20 years of age. The statutory
agent or legal guardian of a minor (anyone less than 20
years old) keeping or tending animals shall be the owner on
behalf of the minor.
5.2 Regarding animals tended under his care, an owner shall
comply with the followings:
5.2.1 Providing proper, clean and harmless food as well as
adequate and clean water which should be available at all
5.2.2 Providing a living environment that is safe, clean, well-
ventilated, non-flooding with proper and adequate shelter,
lighting and warmth.
5.2.3 Providing necessary precaution against infectious animal
5.2.4 Preventing the animal from harassment, abuse or injury.
5.2.5 Providing adequate room for a caged pet to stretch and
move about, while allowing sufficient out-of-cage
5.2.6 For a pet kept on a leash and collar, using a leash longer
than its body length allowing it to stretch and move
about, and a collar that is safe, comfortable, breathable
and of proper elasticity; also giving the pet sufficient
outdoor activities whenever appropriate.
5.2.7 Must not tow the pet behind a car or motorcycle.
5.2.8 Moving the pet to a safe location with a chance to escape
from a place with potential hazards.
5.2.9 Not confining a pet in an enclosed space for a long time;
keeping the vent holes open to allow breathing.
5.2.10 Providing other proper care.
5.2.11 Other than neutering, a pet must not be subject to any
non-essential or non-medical surgery.
5.3 An owner must not abandon any animal under his care unless
it has been accepted for custody or disposal by an animal
shelter, or a refuge designated by the local competent
One must not harass, abuse or injure any animal.
6-1.1 An animal show vendor shall obtain a license from the
competent authority prior to commercial operations.
6-1.2 Regulations governing the animal show business described
in Clause 6-1.1 are to be stipulated by the central
6-1.3 Vendors without a license for animal shows before January
23 2015 -- when this Act becomes effective -- shall obtain
the license within one year from the effective date.
Maximum weekly hours, maximum service years, old-age care and
requirements for dogs owned by government agencies -- for
quarantine, controlled-drug enforcement, police, rescue or
national defense purposes – shall be stipulated by the central
An owner shall prevent his animal from infringing on the life,
body, freedom, or property of others without due cause.
The central competent authority may specify and declare the
breed names of animals banned from being owned, imported or
9.1 A transporter shall pay attention to food, water, excrement,
surrounding conditions and safety of animals being
transported, while keeping them from panicking, suffering or
9.2 Transporters shall receive pre-job training to obtain a
certificate for transporting the type of animals declared by
the central competent authority as requiring special
9.3 Transporters shall receive on-job training once every two
years after obtaining the certificate described in Clause
9.2.Regulations governing transporter training, animal
transport vehicles and protocols shall be stipulated by the
central competent authority.
10.1 One must not do the followings to any animal:
10.1.1 Conducting fights that pit an animal against another
animal or human for direct/indirect gambling,
entertainment, profit, business promotion or a dubious
10.1.2 Conducting animal races or contests for direct/indirect
10.1.3 Abusing, swapping or giving away animals for
direct/indirect gambling or a dubious purpose.
10.1.4 Using excessive force or electric stunning to gather and
drive animals, or causing harm when branding animals
(with sharp tools) during their transport, auction or
resting on the way to market/abattoir.
10.1.5 Slaughtering economic animals without humanely rendering
them unconscious before force-feeding water or food,
handling, cutting, or blood-letting..
10.1.6 Any act that deviates from social norms.
11.1 The owner shall provide necessary medical care to an
injured or sick animal.
11.2 Animals must not be subject to medical treatment or surgery
unless it is necessary for the health or management of
animals. The treatment or surgery shall be conducted by a
veterinarian, unless it is for emergency, scientific
application, or situations declared by the central
12.1 No one shall be allowed to kill animals without due cause
unless in any of the following situations:
12.1.1 For obtaining meat, skin, fur, feather or other intended
economic gain that animal is reared for.
12.1.2 For scientific applications.
12.1.3 For epidemic control or species improvement.
12.1.4 For culling over-populated economic animals upon prior
consent of competent authorities.
12.1.5 For relieving animals’ pain from injury or illness.
12.1.6 For preventing an imminent danger to the life, body,
health, liberty, or property of human, or to public
12.1.7 For disposal at a shelter (or a designated local refuge)
of an animal diagnosed by a veterinarian as having an
incurable or notifiable infectious disease, causing
unsanitary conditions, or posing hazards to human/animal
health and public security.
12.1.8 For other circumstances in this Act or declared by the
central competent authority.
12.2 The central competent authority may declare the type of
animals banned from slaughter in 12.1.
12.3 One must not cite 12.1.1 as a pretext to:
12.3.1 kill a dog/cat, or sell, buy, eat or possess the remains
-- carcass, offal, or food containing dog/cat parts; or
12.3.2 sell the carcass of an animal banned from slaughter by
the central competent authority.
12.4 Animals eligible for reclamation or adoption according to
Article 14-2 shall exclude those animals declared as banned
from ownership, or importation in Article 8. However, for
an animal already owned/imported and duly registered
according to Clause 36.1 before the declaration, the owner
is allowed to reclaim it.
12.5 Within two years from January 23, 2015 when this revision
of the Act becomes effective, animal shelters -- or
designated local refuges -- may kill those animals yet to
be reclaimed, adopted or disposed of, after 12 days from
the date of notification or public announcement. Such
shelters are not bound by Clause 12.1.
13.1 Anyone killing animals for reasons in Clause 12.1 shall do
so in a humane way to minimize animals’ pain. Additional
guidelines regarding animal killing are:
13.1.1 One must not kill animals in a public place or a venue
with public access unless otherwise stipulated by the
13.1.2 The act of putting a pet to death to relieve its pain
shall be performed by a veterinarian unless in emergency.
13.1.3 A veterinarian shall personally conduct or supervise over
the disposition of animals at an animal shelter or a
designated local refuge.
13.1.4 Excess animals shall be culled in a way approved by the
13.2 The central competent authority shall, based on actual
needs, formulate protocols to put animals to death in a
13.3 Slaughterers of economic animals shall -- on an annual
basis -- attend workshops on humane slaughter practices in
training programs organized by the competent authority or a
14.1 Based on demography of human and stray animal populations,
local competent authorities shall set up animal shelters
locally, or delegate private organizations/groups to set up
animal shelters or specific venues for harboring and
14.1.1 stray animals caught by local competent authorities or
members of the public,
14.1.2 animals whom the owner no longer wish to keep,
14.1.3 animals detained or confiscated by competent authorities
according to this Act, or
14.1.4 animals in distress.
14.2 For a sheltered animal described in Clause 14.1 whose
ownership cannot be confirmed, or whose owner -- though
identified (through pet registration or other information)
and notified -- fails to reclaim the lost pet within seven
days from the notification date, the competent authority or
shelter may declare this animal eligible for adoption, or
have it neutered, or subject to other necessary disposal
14.3 The central competent authority shall allocate budgets to
subsidize local competent authorities in setting up animal
shelters and carrying out animal protection tasks such as
neutering, reclamation and adoption. Organization laws and
operating procedures for public animal shelters shall be
stipulated by the central competent authority.
14.4 Local competent authorities may devise incentive programs
to supervise and assist private organizations/groups in
setting up animal shelters.
14.5 Fees may be charged for services provided by animal
shelters or designated local refuges. Fee standards are to
be formulated by local competent authorities.
14-1.1 Without prior consent of competent authorities, one must
not capture animals with any of the followings:
14-1.1.1 explosive material,
14-1.1.4 corrosive substance,
14-1.1.5 firearms other than a tranquilizing gun,
14-1.1.6 traps, or
14-1.1.7 any method declared to be banned by competent
14-1.2 Competent authorities may remove, dismantle and destroy
devices for any of the prohibited methods in Clause 14-
1.1 without official consents. The landlord, user or
person in charge must not evade, obstruct or refuse.
One must not manufacture, sell, display, import or export animal
traps without prior approval from the central competent
Chapter III Scientific Application of Animals
15.1 One shall avoid using live animals for scientific
application; when it cannot be avoided, one shall do so
with the least number of animals and in a way inflicting
the least pain or harm.
15.2 The central competent authority may formulate regulations
governing the source, application scope and management of
lab animals based on the type of animals.
16.1 The institution using animals for scientific application
shall set up a panel for the care and use of lab animals
for scientific application within the institution.
16.2 The central competent authority shall invite scholars,
experts, officials from related agencies and registered
civic animal welfare groups to regularly supervise and
manage the scientific application of animals. There should
be at least one veterinarian and one representative from a
civil group on this list.
16.3 Regulations governing the composition, mission and
management of the animal care and use committee/panel in an
institution shall be formulated by the central competent
17.1 One shall examine the conditions of a lab animal
immediately after a scientific application is completed.
Animals whose quality of life has been compromised from
losing limbs, organs or pain shall be put to death in the
least painful way.
17.2 A lab animal must not be subject to additional use for
scientific application before its physiological functions
have fully recovered unless necessary for scientific
Schools at or below the high school level must not conduct
courses causing animal pain or death beyond the curriculum
designated by the education competent authority.
Chapter IV Management of pets
19.1 The central competent authority may specify and declare the
breeds of pets subject to compulsory registration with the
19.2 The owner shall register the birth, acquisition, transfer,
missing and death of a pet described in Clause 19.1 with
the local competent authority or the delegated private
entity. The local competent authority shall issue an ID tag
to each registered pet. Every pet shall get an ID microchip
19.3 Procedure and deadline for the registration described in
Clause 19.2, neutering incentives, other regulations
governing ID tags/chips shall be stipulated by the central
20.1 A pet in a public place or venue with public access must
have human company over seven years of age.
20.2 An aggressive pet showing up in a public place or venue
with public access must have adult human company who shall
take precaution to protect the public.
20.3 The central competent authority shall specify and declare
the breed names of aggressive pets and relevant precaution
to be taken in public space.
Local competent authorities shall provide proper and adequate
public facilities for activity of pets accompanied by their
21.1 When a pet subject to compulsory registration shows up
without human company in a public place or a venue with
public access, anyone may assist and guard the pet on the
way to an animal shelter or a designated local refuge.
21.2 The owner shall be notified promptly if the pet in Clause
21.1 carries an ID tag or chip. If there is no ID tag/chip,
or no one comes to reclaim the pet within 12 days, the pet
will be disposed of according to Articles 12 and 13.
21.3 If the pet in Clause 21.1 has a contagious disease or is in
distress, it may be put to death in a humane way.
21.4 Clauses 21.2 and 21.3 shall apply in a similar manner for a
pet given up by its owner to an animal shelter, or a
designated local refuge.
Chapter IV-1 Management of vendors of pet breeding, trading, lodging service and pet food
22.1 No one shall be allowed to sell the specific breeds of
pets. However, vendors with permits from local competent
authorities and legitimate business licenses may operate
commercial breeding, trading and lodging of specific breeds
of pets. Duration of the permit is three years.
22.2 The breed names of specific pets in Clause 22.1;
qualifications for pet breeding, trading, and lodging
vendors, their facilities and full-time staffs; application
procedure for the permit and its duration; criteria for
permit renewal, revocation or suspension; regulations
governing pet breeding shall be stipulated by the central
22.3 The owner of specific breeds of pets, other than the
vendors specified in Clause 22.1, shall neuter their pets,
unless a neutering waiver is obtained upon filing a
breeding management plan with the local competent
authority. The owner shall file for record with the
authority if there is a need for breeding, and subsequently
register for and implant chips on new additions according
to Article 19.
22.4 Local competent authority may require the owner on file in
Clause 22.3 to provide the status of specific breeds of
pets under his care, and information about
previous/subsequent owner whom the pet is transferred from
22.5 Vendors already in breeding, trading or lodging business of
specific breeds of pets before the regulations according to
Clause 22.2 becomes effective, shall obtain permits within
two years from the effective date. Failure to comply will
result in penalties listed in Article 25-1.
Local competent authorities shall conduct regular inspection and
evaluation of pet breeding, trading, and lodging vendors;
regulations governing inspection and evaluation shall be
stipulated by the central competent authority.
22-2.1 Traders of specific breeds of pets mentioned in Article
22 shall acquire such animals only from pet breeders or
traders with permits; and must not trade or transfer such
animals to a third party without ID microchip implants.
22-2.2 In transactions of specific breeds of pets described in
Article 22, breeders or traders shall prepare and provide
to the buyer documentations about the pets.
22-2.3 Vendors of pet breeding, trading or lodging services
mentioned in Clause 22-2.2 shall indicate the permit
number in electronic, print, telecommunication or other
media for business promotion.
22-3.1 Vendors in pet food manufacturing, processing or
importation business shall file for record with the
central competent authority the type of pet food handled.
22-3.2 The central competent authority shall formulate
regulations governing the type of pet food subject to
filing for record, and the content, format, deadline,
procedure and other aspects about the filing.
22-4.1 One must not manufacture, process, repackage, wholesale,
retail, import, export, give away for free, or display
for sale a pet food in any of the following conditions:
22-4.1.1 contaminated with pathogenic microorganism,
22-4.1.2 with a pet health hazard exceeding the allowable level
22-4.1.3 beyond the expiration date, or
22-4.1.4 the labeling is non-compliant, unclear or incomplete.
22-4.2 The type of pathogenic microorganism and animal health
hazards mentioned in Clause 22-4.1, and their allowable
levels are to be stipulated by the central competent
22-5.1 Chinese language and universal symbols shall be used on
the container, package or instruction of pet food to
indicate the followings:
22-5.1.1 product name,
22-5.1.2 net weight, volume, quantity or other measurement; net
weight, volume or quantity shall be expressed in legal
metrology units (other units could be used additionally
22-5.1.3 names of primary materials and additives,
22-5.1.4 nutrients and their amounts,
22-5.1.5 the name, address and phone number of the manufacturer
or processer; or the names, addresses, phone numbers of
the importer and domestic company in charge and the
country of origin for imported products,
22-5.1.6 expiration date or date of manufacturing,
22-5.1.7 shelf life, storage methods and conditions,
22-5.1.8 intended pet type, feeding method and other
22-5.1.9 other information required by the central competent
22-5.2 Labeling, promotion material or advertisement for pet
food must not include false, exaggerated or misleading
22-5.3 One must not manufacture, sell, import, export, or use a
container or package for pet food that is:
22-5.3.2 prone to undesirable chemical reactions, or
22-5.3.3 imposing health hazards.
Chapter V Government supervision
23.1 Local competent authorities shall have full-time animal
protection inspectors, and may recruit animal protection
volunteers to assist in relevant tasks.
23.2 For verification and enforcement against offenses of this
Act, animal protection inspectors may enter animal contest
grounds, commercial venues where animals are slaughtered,
bred, traded, lodged, displayed; or facilities for animal
training or scientific applications.
23.3 One must not evade, obstruct or refuse the verification or
enforcement described in Clause 23.2.
23.4 Local competent authorities may delegate the verification
tasks in Clause 23.2 to third-party agencies, legal
entities, groups or individuals.
23.5 To perform the duty, animal protection inspectors shall
show relevant document, or paper for identification; police
assistance could be obtained when necessary.
23.6 Municipal or city/county police forces assisting animal
protection inspectors performing duties shall have had
relevant technical training.
23.7 For this Act to be effectively enforced, competent
authorities shall allocate funds in the annual budget year
after year to actively engage in animal protection tasks.
23-1.1 In collaboration with other authorities, local competent
authorities may dispatch inspectors to business premises
or related facilities of pet food vendors for inspection
or sampling test.
23-1.2 For the inspection or sampling test in Clause 23-1.1, the
local competent authority may require the pet food vendor
to provide documents or records about production, inbound
and outbound shipment, or inventory control.
23-1.3 When conducting inspection or sampling test in Clause 23
-1.1, the inspector shall show authorization document or
the badge for identification.
23-1.4 Pet food vendors must not evade, obstruct or refuse
inspection or sampling test described in Clause 23-1.1.
Pet food products confirmed to contain pathogenic microorganism
or pet health hazards exceeding the allowable standards
stipulated according to Clause 22-4.2, the local competent
authority shall demand the offending products be recalled,
destroyed, or otherwise properly disposed of before a deadline.
Local competent authorities shall notify institutions or schools
incompliant with Article 15, Clause 16.1, Article 17 or Article
18 to take corrective and necessary actions by a deadline.
Chapter VI Penalty
25.1 A jail term or penal servitude under two years, in
conjunction with a fine over NT$200,000 and under NT
$2,000,000 will be imposed for any of the following
25.1.1 Killing, deliberate hurting, or causing injury of an
animal in violation of Clause 5.2, Article 6, or Clause
12.1 resulting in mangled limbs, or vital organ failure
of the animal.
25.1.2 Violation of Clause 12.2 or Clause 12.3.1, namely killing
a dog/cat or an animal banned from slaughter as declared
by the central competent authority.
25-1.1 A jail term of no less than one year and up to five years
in conjunction with a fine over NT$500,000 and under NT
$5,000,000 will be imposed on a person in serious
violation of Clause 5.2, Article 6, Clause 12.1, Clause
12.2 or Clause 12.3.1with drugs or fire arms to cause
death of multiple animals.
25-1.2 The competent authority may publicize the offender’s
name, photo and facts about any offense described in
Article 25 or Clause 25-1.1.
25-2.1 A fine of over NT$100,000 and underNT$3,000,000 will be
imposed on anyone that operates breeding, trading and
lodging business of specific breeds of pets in violation
of Clause 22.1, namely without a permit issued by the
local competent authority. In addition to the fine, the
offender shall be ordered to close down the business. The
offender shall be fined for each closure deadline
extended but missed.
25-2.2 The local competent authority may confiscate the animal
under the charge of the offender in violation of Articles
25 or Article 25-1, or the specific breed of pets for
breeding or trading in Articles 25-2.1.
A fine over NT$50,000 and under NT$250,000 will be imposed on
those who own, import or export animals banned from being owned,
imported or exported as declared by the central competent
27.1 A fine of over NT$50,000 and under NT$250,000 will be
imposed – the offender’s name, photo, and fact of offense
may be publicized; the offender may be required to take
corrective actions by a deadline; the fine may be imposed
for each deadline extended and missed – in any of the
27.1.1 Violation of Clause 10.1.1, namely facilitating fights
that pit one animal against another or against human.
27.1.2 Violation of Clause 10.1.1, namely fighting against
27.1.3 Violation of Clause 10.1.2, namely operating animal races
for gambling directly or indirectly.
27.1.4 Violation of Clause 10.1.3, namely directly or indirectly
offering animals for swaps or gifts in a gamble or
27.1.5 Violation of Clause 10.1.6, namely using animals in a
manner deviating from social norms.
27.1.6 Violation of Clause 12.3, namely selling, buying, eating
or possessing the remains -- carcasses, offal or food
containing dog/cat parts, or carcasses of animals banned
from slaughter as declared by the central competent
27.1.7 Violation of regulations governing pet breeding as
stipulated by the central competent authority in
accordance with Clause 22.2.
27.1.8 Violation of Clause 22.3, namely -- after choosing not to
neuter the animal -- failure to file a breeding
management plan, or breeding an animal without prior
filing for record of such a need.
27.1.9 The action to manufacture, process, repackage, wholesale,
retail, import, export, give away for free, or display
for sale a pet food in conditions described in Clause 22
-4.1.1 or Clause 22-4.1.2.
27.1.10 Noncompliance of Article 23-2, namely failure to recall,
destroy or properly dispose of tainted products by a
deadline specified by the local competent authority.
A jail term or penal servitude under one year, or a fine of
under NT$30,000, or both, will be imposed for an action to
disseminate, broadcast, or sell text, picture, audio or video
recording, electronic record that violates Article 6, Article
10, or Clause 12.1; or to display the above in public, or to
allow others to watch and/or listen.
28.1 A fine over NT$40,000 and under NT$200,000 will be imposed
– the offender’s commercial name, personal name and photo
may be publicized; the offender may be required to take
corrective actions by a deadline; the fine may be imposed
for each deadline extended and missed; the permit may be
revoked after three offenses – in any of the following
28.1.1 Failure to comply with qualifications for breeding,
trading, and lodging vendors of specific breeds of
pets, their facilities and full-time staffs, as
stipulated by the competent authority according to
28.1.2 Violation of Clause 22-1.1, namely acquisition of
specific breeds of pets from breeders or traders
without permits; or trading or transferring such
animals to a third party without implanting ID
29.1 A fine of over NT$30,000 and under NT$150,000 will be
imposed for any of the following situations:
29.1.1 Violation of Clause 5.3, namely animal abandonment.
29.1.2 Noncompliance of Article 6-1, namely failure to obtain
permits for animal shows.
29.1.3 Noncompliance of Article 24, namely failure to take
corrective actions or properly dispose of animals
before a deadline upon violating Clause 15.1, Article
17 or Article 18.
29.1.4 Noncompliance of Article 16-1, namely failure to form a
panel for proper care and use of laboratory animals.
29.1.5 Violation of Clause 20.2, namely allowing an aggressive
pet to roam about in a public venue or a place with
public access without adult supervision or proper
29.1.6 Violation of Clause 23.3, namely the action to evade,
obstruct, or refuse enforcement by animal protection
29.1.7 The action to manufacture, process, repackage,
wholesale, retail, import, export, give away for free,
or display for sale a pet food described in Clause 22-
4.1.3 and Clause 22-4.1.4.
29.1.8 Failure to take corrective actions before a specific
deadline for noncompliance of Clause 22-5.1 about
29.1.9 Noncompliance of Clause 22-5.2, namely making false,
exaggerated, or misleading statements in labeling,
promotion material or advertisement.
29.1.10 Nonconformance of Clause 22-5.3, namely the action to
manufacture, sell, import, export or use containers or
packages described therein for pet food.
29.1.11 Noncompliance of Clause 23-1.4, namely the action to
evade, obstruct, or refuse inspection or sampling test
30.1 A fine of over NT$15,000 and under NT$75,000 will be
imposed in any of the following situations:
30.1.1 Violation of any clause from Clause 5.2.1 to 5.2.10, or
Article 6, namely the intentional action harming an
animal or causing it to be harmed but not resulting in
mangled limbs, vital organ failure, or death; OR the
action accidentally harming an animal or causing it to be
harmed leading to mangled limbs, vital organ failure or
30.1.2 Violation of Clause 5.2.11, namely subjecting a pet to
any non-essential or non-medical surgery other than for
30.1.3 Failure to take corrective actions before a deadline
specified by a local competent authority regarding a
violation of Clause 11.1, namely not providing necessary
medical care to an injured or sick animal.
30.1.4 Violation of Clause 13.1.1 namely killing animals in a
public venue or a place with public access.
30.1.5 Noncompliance of Clause 13.1.4 namely failure to cull
animals in a manner approved by the competent authority.
30.1.6 Noncompliance of Clause 13.2, namely failure to abide by
the guideline for animal slaughter as stipulated by the
central competent authority.
30.1.7 Noncompliance of Clause 14-1.1, namely capturing animals
in a prohibited manner without prior consent of competent
30.1.8 Violation of Article 14-2, namely the action to
manufacture, sell, display, import or export animal traps
without prior consent of the central competent authority.
30.1.9 Noncompliance of Clause 22-2.2, namely refusal or failure
of the breeder or trader to provide to the buyer
documents about the pet in the transaction.
30.1.10 Noncompliance of Clause 22-2.3, namely failure of
vendors of pet breeding, trading or lodging business to
indicate the permit number in electronic, print,
telecommunication or other media for business promotion.
30.2 A jail term up to two years will be imposed for a
deliberate repeat offense of any clause from 30.1.1 to
30.1.8 within five years from the date the previous
penalty notice is served on an offense of any clause in
30-1.1 A fine of over NT$3000 and under NT$15,000 will be
imposed in any of the following situations; the fine may
be imposed each time the offense occurs:
30-1.1.1 Failure to take corrective actions before a deadline
after violating – but not causing injury to the animal
-- any clause from 5.2.1 to 5.2.10.
30-1.1.2 The action accidentally harming an animal, or causing
it to be harmed, leading to mangled limbs, vital organ
failure or death after violating any clause from 5.2.1
to 5.2.10 or Article 6.
30-1.1.3 Noncompliance of Clause 22.4, namely failure to take
corrective actions before a specific deadline after
being required to provide status report of the pet of a
specific type, and the information about the
previous/subsequent owners whom the pet is transferred
from or to.
31.1 A fine of over NT$3000 and under NT$15,000 will be imposed
-- the offender may be required to take corrective actions
before a specific deadline, and the fine may be imposed
each time the deadline is extended but missed – in any of
the following situations:
31.1.1 Violation of Clause 4.2, namely a veterinarian (or a vet
’s aid) administering on economic animals a drug other
than those in the declared categories, or failure to
comply with regulations stipulated according to Clause
31.1.2 Noncompliance of Clause 9.2 by a transporter, namely
operating animal transport business without completing a
pre-job training to get a certificate.
31.1.3 Noncompliance of Clause 9.3 by a transporter, namely
failure to get once-every-two-year on-job training
offered by the competent authority or a delegated entity.
31.1.4 Violation by a transporter of guidelines for animal
transport vehicles and processes stipulated by the
central competent authority according to Clause 9.3.
31.1.5 Violation of Clause 11.2 namely conducting medical
treatment or surgery for purposes other than animal
health or management.
31.1.6 Violation of Clause 13.1.2, namely killing animals
without a qualified veterinarian, or in a non-emergency
31.1.7 Violation of Clause 13.1.3 namely animals killed by
someone other than a qualified veterinarian, or without
the supervision of a veterinarian.
31.1.8 The owner’s refusal to take corrective actions after
receiving advice about noncompliance about compulsory
registration of birth, acquisition, transfer, missing or
death of a pet, as required in regulations stipulated by
the central competent authority in accordance with Clause
31.1.9 The owner’s refusal to take corrective actions after
allowing a pet in a public venue or a place with public
access without a human companion over seven years of age
in violation of Clause 20.1.
31.1.10 Failure to take corrective actions before a specific
deadline regarding noncompliant of Clause 22-3.1 in
filing for the record, or noncompliance of requirements
stipulated according to Clause 22-3.2 for the content,
format, deadline, procedure and other aspects of the
31.2 A jail term under one year will be imposed for a deliberate
repeat offense of any clause from 31.1.4 to 31.1.7 within
two years from the date a previous penalty notice is served
on an offense of any clause in the same group.
32.1 The local competent authority may confiscate an owner’s
animals in any of the following situations:
32.1.1 Violation of Clause 5.2, namely an owner subjecting his
animals to ill-intended or gratuitous harassment, abuse,
or harm that potentially may lead to death.
32.1.2 Animals abandoned by an owner in violation of Clause 5.3.
32.1.3 Offense of Article 7, namely animals having caused
unjustified death or bodily harm of human.
32.1.4 Owner’s failure to take corrective actions after
receiving advice about the violation of Article 7, and
the animal continues to infringe on freedom or property
of others without due cause.
32.1.5 Violation of Article 8, namely owning, importing or
exporting animals declared to be banned from being owned,
imported or exported.
32.2 Owners violating any clause from 32.1.1 to 32.1.5 may be
banned by the local competent authority from adopting
animals from shelters under its jurisdiction, or be denied
the permit to operate a pet breeding, trading or lodging
33.1 The local competent authority shall demand the owner to
take corrective actions before a deadline, in addition to
imposing penalties according to this Act – failure to
comply may result in confistication of the animal – in one
of the following situations:
33.1.1 Violation of Clause 5.2, namely the owner subjecting his
animal to ill-intended or gratuitous harassment, abuse,
33.1.2 Using animals in a way violating of Article 10.
33.1.3 Noncompliance of Clause 11.1, namely failure to provide
necessary medical care to an animal.
33.1.4 Violation of Clause 20.2, namely the owner allowing an
aggressive pet to be present at a public place or a
venue with public access without adult human company,
and without necessary precautions.
33.2 Owners violating any clause from 33.1.1 to 33.1.4 may be
banned by the local authority from adopting animals from
shelters under its jurisdiction, or be denied the permit to
operate a pet breeding, trading or lodging business.
33-1.1 No one shall be allowed to own a pet of specific breeds
subject to compulsory registration in Clause 19.1, or to
adopt a sheltered animal described in Clause 14.1 if he
has previously committed any of the followings:
33-1.1.1 Animal abandonment,
33-1.1.2 Surrendering to shelter custody an animal he no
longer wishes to keep,
33-1.1.3 Noncompliance of any clause in Clause 5.2 for animals
under his care,
33-1.1.4 Violation of Article 6, namely the action to harass,
abuse or injure an animal,
33-1.1.5 Any of the prohibited behaviors described in Article
33-1.1.6 Failure to provide necessary medical care to an
injured or sick animal in violation of Clause 11.1,
33-1.1.7 Violation of Clause 12.1, namely killing an animal
without due cause, or violation of Clause 12.2 or
Clause 12.3, namely killing dogs/cats or animals banned
from slaughter, selling, buying, eating or possessing
the carcass, offal or food containing parts of such
33-1.1.8 Causing his animals to be confiscated by a local
competent authority citing Clause 32.1 or Clause 33.1.
33-1.2 A fine of over NT$3000 and under NT$15,000 will be
imposed on the person owning a pet or adopting animals
in violation of Clause 33-1.1; the local competent
authority shall also confiscate the pet or animal
33-1.3 Anyone convicted of a crime, receiving a deferred
prosecution or a monetary fine for any situation in
Clause 33-1.1 or any clause from Article 25 to Article
31, may be required by the local competent authority to
attend an animal protection course part of which is
hands-on practice in an animal shelter. Regulations
governing the format, content, fee collection and
requirements of the training course shall be stipulated
by the central competent authority.
33-2.1 The local competent authority shall compile and submit a
quarterly report to the central competent authority
regarding violations of any clause from Article 25 to
33-2.2 The central competent authority shall consolidate the
reports described in Clause 33-2.1 and distribute to each
competent authority and animal shelter as the basis for
refusing/approving an adoption, or imposing penalty
according to Clause 33-1.2.
33-2.3 Local competent authority shall keep confidential the
identity and relevant information of a whistleblower who
provides evidence leading to the discovery of any
violation of this Act. The authority may offer rewards.
33-2.4 Guidelines for whistleblower rewards, as mentioned in
lause 33-2.3, shall be formulated by the central
The local competent authority shall be the agency to impose
monetary fines stipulated in this Act.
Failure to pay the fine – imposed according to this Act --
before a deadline will be referred to the court for mandatory
Chapter VII Supplementary Provisions
36.1 The owner shall file for record with the local competent
authority before a deadline specified by the central
competent authority if he has owned an animal banned from
being imported or owned since before the central competent
authority’s declaration according to Article 8. The same
rule applies to ownership changes if any.
36.2 Only those owners who have filed for record according to
Clause 36.1 are allowed to continue to own the animals. One
must not breed such animals unless the central competent
authority has announced a relevant permission.
36.3 Violation of Clause 36.1 or Clause 36.2 shall be dealt with
according to Article 26 and Clause 32.1.3.
Vendors having been operating breeding, trading or lodging
business of pets subject to compulsory registration before the
pet-registration requirement Is announced according to Clause
19.1 shall apply for and obtain a permit from the local
competent authority within two years from the effective date of
regulations stipulated according to Clause 22.2. Those who fail
to apply for and obtain the permit before the deadline shall be
dealt with according to Article 25.
Local competent authorities shall charge fees for issuing pet ID
tags according to Clause 19.2, for handling missing pets and
returning them to owners, for issuing permits according to
Clause 22.1. Fee standards for such services shall be stipulated
by the central competent authority.
Enforcement rules of this Act shall be formulated by the central competent authority.