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Annelisa
- 2141 days ago - thepetitionsite.com
Taiwan's endangered Leopard Cats are under threat from Miaoli County Government's plan to flatten a forest and build a 25ha funeral park. Local residents are strongly opposed to it...



   

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Annelisa J (111)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:36 am
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/08/24/2003541070

Houlong residents protest county’s funeral park plan

WHOSE FUNERAL?The Miaoli County Government plans to build a funeral park, but residents worry it would pose a threat to the habitat of endangered leopard cats

By Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Concerned about maintaining the ecosystem for the endangered leopard cat, residents from Houlong Township (後龍), Miaoli County, yesterday voiced opposition to the county government’s plan to build a funeral park in the township.
“Saving leopard cats rocks, avert a malicious disaster,” Houlong residents dressed as the “eight infernal generals” and two kids dressed up as baby leopard cats chanted at a press conference at the legislature in Taipei.
The eight infernal generals refer to eight characters who accompany immortals in traditional Taoist religious processions to clear away evil spirits on the route.
The Houlong residents were protesting against a plan by the Miaoli County Government to flatten a forest and build a 25 hectare funeral park — including a crematorium and a cemetery — in the hilly area of Shibankeng (十班坑) in the township.
However, local residents are strongly opposed to it, worrying that the project would damage the local ecosystem and pose a threat to the endangered leopard cats in the area.
“The project is unnecessary, because there are already two public crematoriums in Miaoli County and a cemetery that’s only a few kilometers away from the site of the proposed project,” Longkeng Borough (龍坑) chief Kuo Kuei-huei (郭貴輝) told the press conference. “If the forest is destroyed, the habitat of the endangered leopard cats and all the other native animals would be gone.”
Kuo said the project may trigger landslides that threaten the lives of local residents.
“It’s a horrible thing to kill all the endangered leopard cats in the area through a development project,” said Fan Chiang Chun-hung (范姜峻宏), a member of the hip-hop band Kou Chou Ching.
“There’s no need for a third crematorium in Miaoli County. [Miaoli] County Commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) should really come out and listen to what the locals have to say,” Fan Chiang said.

http://taiwanindepth.tw/ct.asp?xItem=198199&CtNode=1920
Beauty on the prowl—Taiwan’s leopard cats

The mysterious and graceful leopard cat is one of only two wild cat species native to Taiwan.
The endangered leopard cat is one of only two wild cat species native to Taiwan.

A nocturnal predator with a build similar to that of a housecat, it is both clever and secretive. Hard to spot in the wild and difficult to study, the cats were for many years something of a mystery. That began to change six or seven years ago, when researchers finally began uncovering the cats’ secrets.

Miaoli County has a relatively large population of leopard cats, but development has endangered this cleverest of cats. We must work together if we are to save them from the threats they face.

“I used to think that leopard cats lived deep in the mountains, and just barged into those areas like an idiot to do surveys,” says Chen Mei-ting, a PhD candidate at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), in an early October lecture to Miaoli’s Tongxiao Forest Conservation Society on low-elevation wildlife and ecosystems. “Later, I learned that these precious animals live right among us.” Chen is giving her lecture today in hope that her audience, local residents who lease national forestland from the Forestry Bureau, will move to the forefront of efforts to conserve the leopard cat.

Leopard cats are speckled, ash-brown or yellow-brown in color, and weigh three to six kilograms. Their bodies are 55–65 centimeters long and their tails about 30 cm long. Truth be told, leopard cats don’t look all that different from a tabby housecat, the most obvious difference being the white patch they have behind their ears.

Chen says that Miaoli’s low-elevation mountain areas have broadleaf forests, manmade forests, bamboo groves, agricultural lands, and irrigation ponds in close proximity to towns and villages, and that these varied environments are home to 23 mammalian species.
 

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Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:44 am
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Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:58 am
AniMaeChi, You signed on July 9, 2013.
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Ljiljana M (115)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:05 am
Oups - Sorry - Thank you Annelisa :)
 

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Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:17 am
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Ben O (131)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:57 am
Done! BTW; -I have now signed more than 7,000 Care2 petitions, but I wonder if all those petitions have made any difference whatsoever...?
 

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Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:39 am
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Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:58 am
Done earlier-noted-thx Annalisa
 

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Noted and signed - flipping bastards - these people are already dead, what the hell. This land and habitat belongs to these animals and they need to be protected.
 

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