Taiwan Bans Dog Meat And Cat Meat
Taiwan has implemented animal protection laws imposing fines for the consumption of dog and cat meat, and jail time for those who kill and torture animals.
“The Animal Protection Act amendments approved by the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday punish the sale, purchase or consumption of dog or cat meat with fines ranging from NT$50,000 to NT$2 million,” said The China Post.
The amendment’s sponsor, Kuomintang Legislator Wang Yu-min, said some localities already had measures banning dog and cat meat consumption, but national legislation was needed. According to her Taiwan was the first country in Asia to pass such legislation.
The amendments also stiffen punishment for those who intentionally harm animals to a maximum two years’ imprisonment and fines of NT$200,000 to NT$2 million.
Repeat offenders can be jailed for one to five years and fined NT$500,000 to NT$5 million.
The amendments also make it illegal to ‘exercise’ leashed animals alongside motor vehicles or scooters. Violators will be fined up to NT$15,000.
The amendments, which still need to be signed off on by the Cabinet and the Presidential Office, could take effect by as early as the end of this month.
In recent years, high-profile cases of animal torture, including by members of the armed forces, have caused public outrage. Even greater outrage has vented at the lenient outcomes, without offenders serving any jail time.
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The following video was filmed in Taiwan, showing immigrant workers who regularly slaughtered dogs and cats for dog meat and cat meat, for human consumption. These young men got over confident and posted their video on social media, to show off.
Thank you to Taiwan for taking this big step forward and being a wonderful example to surrounding dog and cat meat countries. We hope many more countries will follow your bold example.
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