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Call to Stop Construction to Protect the Leopard Cats in Taiwan

Written by I-fan Lin On 24 April 2014 @ 5:15 am | No Comments

In Citizen Media, Development, East Asia, English, Environment, Protest, Quick Reads, Taiwan (ROC), WORLD

A small leopard cat. Photo is taken by the Wildlife First Aid Station and reprinted by leopardcatgo. CC BY-NC 2.0 [1]

A small leopard cat. Photo is taken by the Wildlife First Aid Station and reprinted by leopardcatgo.

Leopard cat [2] is listed as a vulnerable species [3] [zh] in Taiwan. Since the big cats live in the forests and jungles in both plains and in hilly areas and their home range is very broad [4], their habitats in Taiwan are easily disturbed by new construction projects. The Taiwanese environmental evaluation committee had temporally rejected the request from the Miaoli Government to develop an alternative road in Miaoli across the habitat of leopard cats on April 16 2014 after a round of protests [5] and petition [6]. However, this development project was not dropped, and more development projects in this area are coming up. A facebook page [1] [zh] was set up so people who want to protect the leopard cats in Taiwan can be well informed and mobilized.

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[1] Image: https://www.facebook.com/leopardcatgo

[2] Leopard cat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopard_cat

[3] vulnerable species: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8F%B0%E7%81%A3%E4%BF%9D%E8%82%B2%E7%89%A9%E7%A8%AE%E5%88%97%E8%A1%A8#.E9.99.B8.E5.9F.9F

[4] their home range is very broad: http://www.wildcatconservation.org/wild-cats/asia/leopard-cat/

[5] protests: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152344265119732&set=a.10150305703334732.354627.513289731&type=1&theater

[6] petition: https://globalvoices.orgwww.thepetitionsite.com/419/935/802/please-help-us-to-save-the-life-of-leopard-cat-in-maoli-taiwan/

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