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Taiwanese krait slithers into betel nut shop, terrifies saleswoman

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A large, highly venomous Taiwanese krait, also known as the many-banded krait, made its way into a betel nut shop, frightening the saleswoman who was working in the stall ...

Taiwanese man could face years of incarceration for catching ‘national treasure fish’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A man is in legal trouble and could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison after he was caught catching two Formosan landlocked salmon, an endangered species often...

Nesting season for green sea turtles in Taiwan arrives

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Visitors are being urged to watch where they step on the beaches of southern Taiwan to avoid trespassing on the nesting grounds of green sea turtles, a protected species i...

Animal rights advocates urge action on steel-jaw traps in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Animal welfare advocates in Taiwan are calling for tighter regulations on steel-jaw traps, which cause life-threatening injuries among the country’s wildlife. ACT...

Lost pangolin found wandering on north Taiwan street

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After Keelung City police received a report about a pangolin wandering down a street on Wednesday (May 18), the animal was taken in by the city’s animal protection o...

Man arrested for illegally hunting endangered mountain hawk-eagle in southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Pingtung man has been arrested for illegally hunting highly endangered mountain hawk-eagles in order to sell their prized feathers. After the Seventh Special Police C...

Taiwanese macaques abuse alarms after they lose protected species status

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Reports of Formosan macaques being mistreated are on the rise after the primate endemic to Taiwan was removed from the list of protected species in 2019, animal welfare gr...

Taiwan’s Leofoo theme park under fire for string of giraffe deaths

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Animal welfare organizations in Taiwan have asked the authorities to ban the Leofoo Village Theme Park from importing giraffes after several of them died at the popular am...

Taiwan’s plan to open national parks for Indigenous hunting draws fire

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Animal advocacy organizations and academics in Taiwan are petitioning against a government proposal to grant Indigenous hunters access to national parks. The Ministry o...

Taiwanese man sentenced to six months in prison for bird deaths

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Hsinchu County man was recently sentenced to six months in prison after he captured six birds of a protected species and put them in a rat cage, resulting in the death o...

Thousands of red swamp crayfish invade Taiwan creek

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hsinchu City Moat has been swamped by thousands of red swamp crayfish, also known as Louisiana crawfish, posing a threat to the local environment. Native to freshwater ...

Runaway caiman found hiding in sewer in northern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A runaway spectacled caiman was found hiding beneath a manhole in a sewerage pipe in the Hsinchu County city of Zhubei late Tuesday evening (Aug. 17). The search fo...

Taiwan president issues pardon to Bunun hunter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After a long, protracted legal battle, the Presidential Office on Thursday (May 20) issued a pardon to Bunun tribe member Tama Talum, citing the Constitution and the Amnes...

Constitutional Court takes up indigenous Taiwanese hunting rights

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Constitutional Court on Tuesday (March 9) held a debate on the constitutionality of convictions of indigenous hunters for using firearms to hunt protected animals in e...

Orchid Islanders face charges for catching endangered fish in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two residents of Taiwan’s Orchid Island (Lanyu) are facing criminal charges after catching a giant endangered fish. A man caught the attention of the authorities ...