Dalai Lama Urges Taiwan To Pass Animal Protection Law

For Immediate Release:
August 24, 1998

Joey Penello757-622-7382

New Delhi — His Holiness the Dalai Lama, looked upon by millions as the human manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion, is reaching out to some of the smallest beings struggling for life on the streets of Taiwan–an estimated 2 million stray dogs. On behalf of PETA, the spiritual leader, who has an office in Taiwan, is appealing to the island’s leaders to end the suffering and cruel killings of homeless dogs who are now being rounded up and thrown into crowded, filthy compounds.

“I have recently learned of the appalling conditions suffered by dogs in Taiwan,” wrote the Dalai Lama in a letter to Secretary General Liu Pi-Liang, after receiving photos and videotape from a PETA investigation. “I wish to join the appeal to the Taiwanese government to respond positively to the international call for change.” Presently, Taiwan has no animal cruelty laws. Due to pressure from around the world, however, legislation making it a crime to treat dogs cruelly is now awaiting passage. The Dalai Lama joins other PETA supporters who are pressuring Taiwanese officials to pass the bill, including film stars Steven Seagal, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, and David Duchovny of The X-Files.

“His Holiness has been shocked by the very cruel way these poor animals are killed and handled and therefore readily agreed to support the animal protection law,” a spokesman for the Dalai Lama told PETA.