Taiwan is making headlines after a decision to outlaw the consumption of cat and dog meat, a first in Asia. Prior to the amendment, Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act only prohibited the slaughter and sale of cat and dog meat. According to The Guardian, anyone caught violating the island’s new regulation can be fined up to NT$250,000 (almost US$8,200).
Taiwan just banned eating dog and cat meat https://t.co/duzw5ykWa5 pic.twitter.com/VLQk9AJ2W4
— CNN (@CNN) April 12, 2017
In addition to being fined, those found in violation of the law could see their names, photographs, and crimes published by the Taiwanese government. Repeat offenders could also face jail time and be ordered to pay costlier fines.
The ban is part of the Taiwanese government’s attempt to make the island more animal-friendly, reports Yahoo7. Other amendments were also passed, including enforcing harsher punishments for those who purposely harm animals. New regulations involving dogs’ safety and motor vehicles, including scooters, will also be enforced.
More than a decade ago, PETA helped to get the first animal-welfare law passed in Taiwan. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk toured the pounds there and then sat in a cage in Taipei to call attention to the plight of cats and dogs who are drowned and beaten to death. While the treatment of cats and dogs still needs to be improved—and all the other frightened animals who are killed for the table still need protection—any step forward is a good step, although going vegan is the kindest and best step of all. We look forward to the day when other animals are included in Taiwan’s new law.
In 1998, PETA closed #Taiwan tanks used to kill unwanted dogs & Taiwan passed 1st law against animal cruelty #PETA35 pic.twitter.com/0QiJnqqFKB
— PETA (@peta) September 28, 2015
What You Can Do
PETA applauds Taiwan’s changing attitudes and new regulations and hopes other localities—in Asia and around the world—will be quick to follow suit.
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