Taiwan becomes first in Asia to prohibit eating dog and cat meat

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In Taipei, an amendment to the Animal Protection Act passed its third reading at the Legislative Yuan, which will impose more penalties for animal abuse as well as prohibiting the practice of eating dog and cat meat. Under the new law passed Tuesday, people will be fined for butchering or selling dog meat, called “fragrant meat” in Taiwanese slang. The island banned the sale of dog and cat meat, organs or byproducts in 2001. Before Tuesday however, only certain local governments in Taiwan banned the consumption of dog and cat meat.

According to Focus Tai News,  the amendment allows judges to impose prison terms of up to two years, plus a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,524.5) to NT$2 million, for deliberate harm to animals that results in mangled limbs, organ failure or death. A new provision was also added to the law; banning the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat as well as any type of food products that contain the meat or parts of the animals. In addition, the legislation also prohibits drivers and motorcycle riders from pulling animals along on a leash. Offenders can face fines up to NT$250,000 (US$8,178) with their photos made public on websites including their names and their criminal history.

Kuomintang Legislator Wang Yu-min, who sponsored the amendment, notes that Taiwan is the first country in Asia to ban the practice of eating cats and dogs, reaffirming the country’s animal friendly and compassionate views. It is expected to be signed into law. Rising awareness and a younger population, have been the driving forces behind legislators seeking stronger animal protection laws. In the past, public outrage has drawn worldwide response as cruel owners have received little more than a slap on their wrists for their egregious animal cruelty crimes.


Never stop trying to help and make a difference in the world. Dog and cat meat is not legally prohibited in mainland China, where the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is scheduled for June.

(Photo via Yulin Dog Meat Festival petition)

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29 replies
  1. John says:

    It’s about Time. I wish all Countries would make it a Crime to Eat Dog and Cat Meat. Put the Thigs in Prison for a Very Long Time.

  2. Sheri says:

    Yeah Taipei!!!!!!! That’s wonderful news!! Now if the rest of the Asian countries would just follow their lead. The cruel and barbaric torture and consumption of dogs and cats needs to be stopped once and for all.

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    I will FOREVER have a bad view of the entire country of China! They can pass their laws all they want but it’s going to take MORE than these new laws to slow the horror of killing and eating dogs! It’s their belief that the more pain and terror they inflict on the dogs before ending their lives the better the meat. They think by inflicting this pain and fear it causes a surge of adrenaline that makes the meat more tender and improves the sexual performance of men! Which is BULLSHIT!!! The crowds CHEER as the killers inflict as much pain and terror as possible before ending the life of the dogs! The country of China has absolutely NO RESPECT,NO COMPASSION AND NO COMMON SENSE when it comes to animals,ALL ANIMALS!! They are dispicable with their STUPID MYTHS and their STUPID CHINESE MEDICINE beliefs,it’s like they are still mentally stuck in the dark ages instead of evolving and progressing toward modern day thinking with proof that Chinese medicine is nothing more than invaluable, unproven BULLSHIT!!! I wish the entire country was non existant,gone from the world!

    • Deborah Bosanquet says:

      I can’t understand how they are desperate to show the rest of the world how they are looking after their Pandas ???? and trying to preserve them from becoming extinct, yet they think it’s acceptable to cut off shark fins, and boil dogs and cats alive etc? Very weird psycho people ????

  4. Rosemary Martinez says:

    Thank you so much for this new LAW to PASS but the thing is there having a crazy/wild festival that’s not GOOD. How depressing this is with Asia and all those COUNTRIES over there.

  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is a start, but much more needs to be done. I have to wonder how well the law will be upheld. Will there be sufficient penalties or will they turn a blind eye and issue a slap on the wrist for those not adhering to the law!

    • linda says:

      True they have a long way to go. I’m not convinced these new laws will prevent such brutality and consumption of dog and cat meat.

  6. Vicki Hood says:

    We need to send our deepest thanks to Wang Yu-min for his work and dedication. What a blessing he is. Our petitions and dedication worked. We don’t quit. Our best friends in Taiwan will no longer suffer the horrors. We need all of Asia to do the same. This gives us energy to go on to save more in all of Asia. Hugs to all of you. Share please.

  7. julia Edinger says:

    All those evil humans deserve hell in their nightmares !!!! Stop such a evil treatment to Gods precious animals ????????????

  8. ellen cottone says:

    All the asian countries will buckle under the pressure from countries to the west. Eventually,
    but how many more animals have to suffer and die horrably in the name of human consuption and asias imaginary voodoo hard cock soup?
    Friends do not miss this oppertunity to mount our (your) front. korea is in a terrable position being the hosts of the 2018 olympics.
    If you want change you must partisipate in change. on line demand an end to the practice.
    Find out who is collecting signatures they are 5- big named organizations. they will also allow you to put your feelings down in a letter that will be sent to Asian politations (korea is the worst offender and may be the last hold out, sock it to them!) and elected officals. You have to set an example for your children and future generations.
    The time to act is now.
    we will end animal abuse in this century.

    • linda says:

      I’ve been signing petitions regarding the subject you are commenting on. Personally I think boycotting the 2018 Olympics would be great!!!!

  9. ellen cottone says:

    Taiwan, Awsom!!
    There is an old reason why taiwan has boldly stepped to the “Plate”
    You should know the reason. There is an american devine connection………

  10. Nancy Raymond says:

    I do applaud Taiwan for outlawing the dog/cat meat trade BUT it MUST be enforced – there will always be those who will condone this vile practice and I truly hope Taiwan will seriously convict those who are caught engaging in this vile practice.

  11. Madison Gibbs says:

    It’s so great that they outlaw eating dog and cat meat. I wish all Asian countries would wake up and realize how wrong it is.

    • Cynthia Como says:

      While that’s a start it’s not nearly good enough! If caught they will be fined and we all know how well that works! Just like here in America the standard “fine and probation” has little effect as a deterrent not repeat the abuse and torture of dogs! I’m filled with anxiety as the month of June approaches and the Yulin dog eating festival starts again! This disgusting practice started in 2011 and still continues. Its DEFINATELY the top most cruel,brutal,horrifying,appalling horror ever done to dogs in the entire world! It’s not just that they kill the dogs, its the way they do it,the objective is to inflict as much pain and terror as possible before the dog dies so there is a flood of adrenaline surging in the dog because they think it makes the meat more tender and improves the sexual performance of the men! And there are crowds of people cheering as this goes on! As far as I’m concerned it’s going to take a lot more than the threat of being fined to start to put a end it this nightmare!

  12. Angela Corso says:

    Dogs are even more attached to humans than Pandas. I agree, if the Chinese would just see that dogs are not to be eaten, but loved, they would get so much more from these animals. I’M DISGUSTED BY THE PRACTICE. Even the United States needs to follow Taiwan’s law. Some states in the United States are not banned from eating dogs. What a sick and heartless thing to do. God bless those who are in those countries fighting for these dogs and cats.

  13. Diana Rowell says:

    These people are certifiably insane! ALL studies regarding the slaughter of ANY animal, have show 100% that the less animals suffer just before slaughter, the more it makes for a better tasting/tender meat product. Ergo KOSHER. The fact that 1 in 4 have had dog meat in their LIFETIME and 1 in 20 are REGULARS, PROVES they are LIARS when claiming that their sales plunge when they switch to pork,etc. This shows that these sadistic barbarians think other people are stupid and cannot do basic math. Obviously these evil, heartless bastards continue it for the PURE enjoyment of hateful, despicable treatment of innocent animals. What I don’t understand is WHY does the rest of the world KEEP funding these vile sub-humans by purchasing products made there and provide tourism dollars. This could be stopped within a year if EVERYONE who is against these heinous actions would BOYCOTT everything Taiwan. It’s clear that these disgusting bullies only care about money, which is why they STEAL other people’s pets, making it cheap to procure, while these thieves make all the profit from STEALING and breaking the hearts of children. The fact that the government continues to turn a blind eye is yet another reason to BOYCOTT. I invite YOU to use YOUR power of the purse.


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