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Environment & Animal Society Taiwan

Wenshan District, Taiwan

EAST (Environment & Animal Society Taiwan) is an organisation which is working to establish a baseline standard for all farmed species in Taiwan and China through improving systems and sharing knowledge.

Support from sankalpa in the form of advice and funding has enabled detailed research and engagement with both the RSPCA and RSPCA-Assured about the development of RSPCA Assured-style standards for farmed Taiwanese animals.

 

Timeline of EAST activities:

  • 2017 – A GAP analysis was carried out by RSPCA-Assured and EAST to assess the standard of production - from farm to slaughter - for barn, free-range and organic laying hens in Taiwan.
  • 2018 – EAST assisted in redrafting the Taiwanese government’s Definition & Guidelines for Higher Welfare Alternatives for Laying Hens to cover the entire supply chain. The team also provided input and support for the development of the government’s White Paper for farmed animals – the first of its kind for Taiwan.
  • 2018 – EAST alongside the government of Taiwan and the RSPCA hosted an international symposium in November 2018: From Nest to Plate. The two day event brought together over 200 people from across Taiwan – including farmers, producers, retailers, industry bodies, academics, the media and NGOs – to debate, exchange and progress laying hen welfare. A range of national and international speakers attended the event covering issues from global consumer trends through to the practical aspects of higher welfare farming and everything in between.

Not only has sankalpa funded our work as of 2018 - including co-sponsoring the symposium - they are always there with expert advice and support whenever we need them. The whole team is appreciative everyday for their unwavering enthusiasm, flexibility and belief in what we are trying to achieve.

Amy Firth, project manager of EAST – Environment & Animal Society Taiwan
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