Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Taiwan bans consumption, sale of dog and cat meat

Taiwan bans consumption, sale of dog and cat meat

It was pushed through by President Tsai Ing-wen, who adopted three retired guide dogs past year and also has two cats, named Cookie and A-Tsai. Offenders can face fines of up to NT$250,000 (US$8,178) with their photographs made public along with their names and criminal history.

Taiwan has banned the selling and eating of cats and dogs after a series of cruelty cases that caused widespread outrage.

According to the China Post, some localities in Taiwan have already taken measures banning dog and cat meat consumption but there was no national legislation against the practice.

An amendment to the animal protection laws bans selling, purchasing and eating of cat or dog meat in the country.

Past year a lamb meat restaurant was found serving dog meat to customers just to curtail the cost.

In addition, the new law also prohibits walking a pet by pulling along on a leash while driving a auto or riding a scooter alongside them.

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

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As there are no federal laws prohibiting the consumption of cat and dog meat in the United States, each state has the freedom to make their own laws.

Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, was seen frequently posing with her two cats on the campaign trail. She also has three retired guide dogs, which she adopted.

It subsequently became the first city in Taiwan to ban the eating of dogs and cats.

The amendment came in the wake of three high-profile animal abuse cases previous year.

One video previous year, which went viral, showed a group of marines hanging a stray puppy by its neck and then throwing its body into the sea.

China is thought to have killed more than 10 million of the roughly 30 million dogs slaughtered every year worldwide, according to Humane Society International.

Dog meat served in mainland China.

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