Anti-US beef protesters throw cow dung

2012-06-12 10:01
AFP

AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Taipei - Angry Taiwanese farmers threw cow dung at the island's parliament on Tuesday as lawmakers debated a controversial bill to allow US beef containing a growth drug.

Amid pouring rain, civil group members and farmers wearing raincoats and traditional bamboo hats rallied outside parliament in downtown Taipei, but police blocked them from entering the building.

When farmers began throwing bagfuls of cow droppings into the front yard of the parliament building, police officers erected a large plastic shield.

"We urge President Ma Ying-jeou and the lawmakers to be brave and tell the United States we don't want beef containing ractopamine, to guard public health," said the Consumers' Foundation in a statement.

Inside parliament, tension mounted as lawmakers of opposing camps were set to vote on the bill some time this week to allow imports of US beef treated with ractopamine, which is used in animal feed to promote lean meat.

Trade talks

The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, which has majority in the 110-seat legislature, has been pushing for the bill while the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) opposes it citing health concerns.

The government of President Ma Ying-jeou has called for the legislation, saying it will facilitate agreement with the United States on a pact known as the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).

Talks between Washington and Taipei on TIFA, often referred to as a precursor to a full-fledged Free Trade Agreement (FTA), have been dormant since 2007.

Washington has recently urged Taipei to ease restrictions on US beef, indicating that the stalled trade talks between the two sides hinge on the issue.

Taiwan, China and the European Union ban ractopamine because of possible human health risks, but other countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil, have declared the product safe.

Read more on:    us  |  taiwan

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.