|Published : 12 Apr 2017, 21:01:21|
Taiwan bans dog, cat meat
TAIPEI, Apr 12: The authority of Taiwan banned on Wednesday the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat and increased the penalty for animal cruelty.
The Taiwan banned the eating of dogs and cats, lawmakers said as pressure grows to improve animal welfare after a spate of cruelty cases that stirred public outrage.
Parliament passed legislation to outlaw the consumption, purchase or possession of dog and cat meat, with offenders facing a fine of up to Tw$250,000 ($8,170).
The bill also hiked the penalty for killing or abusing animals to a maximum two-year jail term and a stiff fine of Tw$2 million, more than doubling that for repeat offenders.
Like some other Asian nations, dog consumption was common in Taiwan decades ago and although it is much rarer now, there have been sporadic reports of shops being caught selling dog meet in recent years.
Last year, the military was forced to apologise after a video surfaced of three soldiers torturing and strangling a stray dog to death with an iron chain, prompting several street protests.
source -- Reuters/AP