Mayor Attends Taipei World Animal Day Event
In view of the upcoming World Animal Day, Mayor Ko Wen-je attended a commemoration event at the Xinyi District Civic Center in the afternoon of October 2.
During his address, the mayor quoted the great Indian leader Gandhi’s famous quote: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” For that reason, he encouraged the public to work together and make Taipei a city that treats its animals kindly.
With the temperature exceeding 35-degree-Celsius on October 2, the mayor expressed his concern over the well-being of the Universidad mascot Bravo. He noted that the thick hide of the bear makes it susceptible to heat strokes, evoking laughter among the audience.
Noting that since its inception in Florence in 1931, the World Animal Day has attracted the participation of 85 countries around the world. Because of several incidents related to dog and cat abuse taking place over the past six months which damaged Taiwan’s reputation, he would like to express his gratitude to the 40-some non-government organizations that teamed up to organize this event.
Nowadays, Taiwan is facing the problem of low birth rate, the furry friends are not just pets – they are members of the family. The mayor remarked that his sister, who remained single, spends much time and effort on her dog and cats. He called upon the public to help make Taipei a city that treats its animals with kindness.
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