There is a coffee shop in Taipei where customers can interact with a raccoon kept as a pet by the owner. Recently, the Taipei City Animal Protection Office received a report that the raccoon was being mistreated, and a video was released online showing the owner allowing a dog to bite the raccoon. The office sent its Animal Rescue Team for an inspection, and the owner admitted to mistreating the raccoon.
Rocket is a raccoon whose owner runs a coffee shop. Customers are allowed to interact with Rocket. However, a recent video shared online showed the owner releasing a dog that ended up biting Rocket. The Taipei City Animal Protection Office also received reports of the owner throwing tennis balls at Rocket and causing him to bleed. The office's Animal Rescue Team, accompanied by city councilors, therefore went to inspect the situation. The owner admitted to mistreatment and apologized profusely. I am sorry I did not take proper care of my raccoon and causing trouble for everyone. The owner claimed he and Rocket had a good relationship, but Rocket was hard to discipline and therefore he didn't know what to do, resulting in these lapses of judgment. He said the video was from over a year ago. Meanwhile, the office said the owner may face a fine and all four of his raccoons will be taken away. The fine is NT$15,000 to NT$75,000. We will examine this entire case to decide on the fine amount. The office added raccoons are wild animals. They can be kept as pets, but whether they can be used as entertainment and put on display at coffee shops is questionable. The owner previously charged customers for performances, but said he stopped doing that. The office will discuss this case with the Council of Agriculture to clarify if any regulations on performing animals have been violated. 繩子綁住的浣熊叫Rocket，被養在咖啡店，店家標榜消費者可與牠互動，但有網路影片流出，飼主放狗咬牠，更有人檢舉飼主拿網球拍打牠導致滲血。由於事涉虐待動物，台北市議員會同動保處來稽查，飼主坦言有疏失，並多次鞠躬道歉。 浣熊飼主表示：「對不起，我沒有就是…把我的浣熊顧好，這樣子，然後造成大家困擾。」 飼主強調自己與浣熊感情很好，是因為浣熊發情難以管教，他不知道怎麼辦，才會做出錯誤示範，但這已是一年多前的事，動保處表示，飼主除了可能面臨罰款，店內浣熊也要全數沒入。 台北市動保處救援隊隊長 吳晉安表示：「它的罰鍰級距，是1萬5到7萬5千元，大概是這個部分。我們會再依他整個案情，去決定說，我們要罰鍰，到什麼樣的金額。」 動保處指出，浣熊是一般野生動物，可以飼養，但問題可能出在是否可以在咖啡店「展演」？也就是展示動物並收取費用，雖然飼主強調後期已無展示收費，但動保處還需與農委會進一步討論，釐清是否違反動物展演管理辦法。