The problem of letting stray dogs live on the streets due to excessive breeding of stray dogs has become a huge problem in our society that is hard to solve.This also brings about heated debates when people start killing stray animals. However, it doesn’t stop there. There have been vigorous discussions about animal protection groups. Due to all these problems, Taiwan began to participate in the TNVR programme, hoping to alleviate the problem of stray animals. In the beginning, the programme was only represented by TNR, which stands for Trap, Neuter, and Return. The TNVR programme that we advocate added another aspect: Vaccinate. This particular aspect of the programme substituted the horrifying step of euthanasia injections, and it has proven to be effective in decreasing the number of stray animals and also maintaining our environment’s standards as it decreased about 50% of the cost of animal control resources. After implementing the TNVR programme, stray animals in healthy conditions have the opportunity to continue living, and they are able to avoid problems such as excessive breedings.
At present, the two northern execution units of TNVR are Animals Taiwan and Stray Cats TNR Association. Both units have taken the way of fundraising so people would be willing to donate money to help in any way possible. In addition, there is also the “Help Tank Plan”, where people donate cans of food instead of money to display their love for the animals through another way of contribution. Furthermore, if people have the right conditions and principles, they can adopt dogs through the two execution units stated hitherto, and become new owners of those little creatures.
( 1 ) Pros:
a) Implementation of the TNVR programme can effectively reduce excessive breeding amongst stray animals.
b) No need for large-measure captures and killing off of stray animals to control its population and health conditions.
c) Able to take into account both the stray animals and community’s welfare.
d) Reduce expenditures of relevant departments on euthanasia injections.
e) Expanding this project will spread awareness amongst people about the importance of these animals’ lives.
f) Significant improvements in the problem of excessive breeding.
( 2 ) Cons:
a) This is a long-term plan; reducing the number of stray animals in a short amount of time is impossible.
b) Stray animals, especially dogs, have the tendency to attack people even if they already have excessive breeding under control.
c) Society has very little knowledge about the TNVR programme because a lot of people are unable to agree with its purposes.
d) The government adopts ways of promotion and expanding the TNR programme, thus teaching people about the consequences of giving up their pets, sterilization and other concepts.
e) Every district has enough resources and manpower to fully implement this programme.
f) People view this programme as inhumane because they believe that giving birth freely is a right of the animals that should not be taken away.
1) Life Conservationist Association: TNVR, Let Them Live (http://www.lca.org.tw/column/node/4612)
2) TNVR Promotion Clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Jk3lVvhEk)
3) TNVR Initiation of School Talks (http://www.petwalker.org.tw/a7-1case-06.html)
4) Liberty Times Net: Stray Dogs Neutered TNVR Intends Pilots in “Little Districts” (goo.gl/A1tbNK)
5) CNS Taipei News: Implementation of TNVR (goo.gl/W0C8Hd)