Taiwan Bans Eating Cats and Dogs 15000 Years Later

Posted April 13, 2017

Dog meat consumption is also common in countries such as China, Vietnam and South Korea. As reported by CNN, violators of the new law could face up to two years in prison and a $8,200 fine. Those found not abiding by the new law will be fined between 1,300 and 6,500 pounds apart from public shaming.

The new law makes Taiwan the first Asian state to impose a full ban on both the marketing of dog meat and its consumption.

Dog meat is consumed in many parts of Asia as a delicacy.

The amendment also bans "walking" pets on leashes pulled by cars and motorcycles.

Taiwan also cracked down on animal cruelty in its amended Animal Protection Act.

Amendments to the current legislation could lead to the outlawing of dog and cat consumption by the end of April. As for the repeated offenders, they can face a jail term of up to five years and face much harsher fines. Tsai even brought her two adopted cats along on the campaign trail prior to her election a year ago, while promising to do more to protect animals, reports the Telegraph.

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She called for the administration to immediately revoke its position on refugees. During his presidential campaign , he called such a ban "a matter of terrorism".

Last year, the military was forced to apologize after a video surfaced of three soldiers torturing and strangling a stray dog to death with an iron chain, prompting several street protests.

She noted that Taiwan is the first country in Asia to pass such legislation.

According to online outlet Storm Media, she proposed the amendments in response to a number of high-profile incidents of animal abuse.

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.

Capital city Taipei has also banned the sale of dog meat, but an investigation by a Taiwanese newspaper in 2011 published allegations that slaughterhouses and dog meat restaurants were escaping prosecution by the authorities.