Asians forecast to reach of population of 12 million dogs and cats by 2040.
Regarding this development, Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) department aims to add amendments to the current legislation which would stimulate local producers to promote the use and production of natural pet food alternatives.
Pursuant to the Taipei Times, the authorities are already thinking about supporting the utilization of national grain alternatives like corn.
COA Minister Chen Chi-chung argues for welfare protection of pets “just as people do.”
According to latest figures, the pet industry in Taiwan accounts for NT$50 billion ($1.74B) per year and 2.3 million dogs and cats are enregistered.
To assure the regulation of pet industry, ownership and welfare, a new pet management department was established by the Taiwanese government in April having NT$130 million (US$4.5M) at ist disposal.