Eating dog meat banned in Taiwan

Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to ban dogs and cats consumption

Activists within the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation also managed to convince the Gupo Meat Market to close not only their dog and cat slaughterhouses - but their duck, chicken, and rabbit facilities as well.

The move reflects a shift in attitudes towards animals in Taiwan, where many residents hold their pets in higher regard, particularly amid the plunging birth rate.

Violators of the new law may also see their names, photos and crimes publicized, Taiwan's Central News Agency said.

"Taiwan's progressive ban is part of a growing trend across Asia to end the brutal dog meat trade", said Wendy Higgins of the Humane Society International, CNN reported.

Parliament on Tuesday passed legislation to outlaw the sale, purchase, consumption or possession of the carcasses of dogs or cats or any food products made with their carcasses or organs. For example, more than 100,000 tonnes of dog meat are consumed in South Korea each year, and the annual Yulin festival in China costs the lives of more than 10,000 dogs.

The new law also takes into consideration pet's safety rights, making it illegal for a pet to be walked while its guardian is riding a scooter or driving a vehicle.


The country has also doubled the penalty for animal cruelty to two years in prison and a fine of £52,000.

Repeated offenders will face a maximum of five years in jail and a fine of 5million ($163,000) Taiwan dollars, lawmakers said.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is a renowned cat-lover who famously featured her two felines Think Think and Ah Tsai on social media throughout her presidential campaign.

The revised Animal Protection Act imposes hefty fine of up to Taiwan $250,000 (£6,500) for anyone found breaching the new law. She would later adopt three dogs.

Dogs for sale are kept in a cage on the day of a dog meat festival in China's Yulin town on June 22, 2015.

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