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Published On: Wed, Apr 12th, 2017

Taiwan Amends Animal Protection Act, Prohibits Eating Dog and Cat Meat

nsnbc : Taiwan has become the first Asian country to ban eating dogs and cats and imposed heavier penalties on animal abuse. Eating cat and dog meat is as common in many Asian countries, as the lack of animal rights and the prevalence of cruelty against animals.

Dogs rescued from an Asian farm. Muellek Josef/Shutterstock

Dogs rescued from an Asian farm. Muellek Josef/Shutterstock

The amendment of Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act passed its third reading in parliament (Legislative Yuan) on Tuesday. The amendment imposes more severe punishment on animal abuse.

The amendment also makes Taiwan the first country in Asia to outlaw the eating of cat and dog meat. In many Asian countries the eating of cat and especially dog meat has deep cultural roots. In some cases it is reserved for “very special occasions” and in other cases it can be considered as something comparable to a “rite of passage”.

Animal abuse is now defined as any act that intentionally subjects any animals to severe physical pain or suffering, and causing severe physical injury or damage to vital organs. Animal abuse can now result in fines ranging from NT$200,000 (US$6,527) to NT$2 million (US$65,272) and up to two years in prison.

The amended act also explicitly prohibits the practice of selling, purchasing, consuming, possession of, trading with cat or dog meat in Taiwan. Offenders can face fines of up to NT$250,000 (US$8,178).

Moreover, the photographs of offenders will be made public along with their names and their criminal history. A measure that is particularly interesting for those who know the culturally based differences in the perception of shame vs. guilt in most Asian cultures.

The amendment of the Animal Protection Act was sponsored by Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Wang Yu-min who noted that Taiwan is the first country in Asia to outlaw the practice of eating cats and dogs. Wang stressed that the amendment is a significant milestone for Taiwan to become an animal-friendly nation.

The amendment has been sent to the office of the presidency and it is expected that President Tsai Ing-wen will sign the bill without hesitation. The law comes into effect as of the date of promulgation.

CH/L – nsnbc 12.04.2017

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  1. Amy says:

    Can any organization stop doing these in China? I m so sad and so afraid to read FB because these news happens to appear everyday in the posts

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