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Activists urge end to sacrificial pig-raising
Central News Agency
2014-08-12 05:37 PM
Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Animal rights activists called for an end Tuesday to a contest at a dozen temples in Taiwan to raise the biggest pigs, in which the animals are force-fed and then killed as a sacrifice, a religious ritual common during Ghost Month, one of Taiwan's biggest annual festivals. The Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan said that only 12 temples in Taiwan continue to hold such contests. Two of the biggest are a temple in Sanxia District of New Taipei that honors the Taoist deity Qingshui Zushi, while the other, in northern Taiwan's Tamsui District, honors Baosheng Dadi, the Chinese god of medicine. The pigs are kept in confinement and force-fed for two to three years until they grow to weigh up to 960 kilograms. This brutal treatment causes some of them to develop heart disease and limb deformity. The practice is not currently banned under the Animal Protection Act. (By Yang Su-min and Scully Hsiao)
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