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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