Stray dogs are everywhere to be seen in the lanes and streets in Taiwan. However, people never go deep into this issue. What is the plight of stray dogs？Stray dogs appear because they are abandoned by their raisers and when they are caught by the stray animal arrest team and put into the shelter, they will be given mercy killing in 12 days if no raiser shows up to claim them.
However, few people really understand the environment of animal shelters and the procedure of mercy killing and a lack of understanding leads to misunderstanding. The study entitled “Be Destined to Death”is a documentary shot in Hsin-Wu in Taoyuan County, recoding how euthanasia is being carried out. The purpose of this study is to call upon the audience to support the practice of euthanasia given that stray animals have no choice but be put to death and on the premise of animal wellbeing.
Then, through the animal-wellbeing seminars organized by civil animal rights groups and the strenuous crawling on all fours by humans on the height of stray animals, this study aims to make the public understand the vision and present plight of stray animals and appeal to the government of ROC to put much store on the animal wellbeing so as to address the problem of stray animals.
Last but not least, apart from advocating the reduction of the number of mercy killing based on an attention to animal wellbeing, this study stresses the necessity of source management, especially the main source of stray animals, namely, the abandonment of raisers. Therefore, this study urges the public to have their pet dogs castrated and goes on to talk about the importance of life education so as to make the public learn to respect life, offer to take care of stray animals and lessen their sufferings.