Taiwan Makes Slaughtering Cats And Dogs For Consumption Illegal

Hong Kong banned the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat while under British colonial rule, but did not specifically outlaw consumption.

Activists within the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation also managed to convince the Gupo Meat Market to close not only their dog and cat slaughterhouses - but their duck, chicken, and rabbit facilities as well.

People who sell or eat dog or cat meat face a fine of up to 250,000 Taiwan dollars ($8,000) and their identity may be publicized. On Tuesday, government officials voted to add the amendment to the existing Animal Protection Act. Those found not abiding by the new law will be fined between 1,300 and 6,500 pounds apart from public shaming.

As stated in the text of the bill, the so-called Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 would ban the possession, sale, and transport of cats and dogs for human consumption. Last year, Ms Tsai also adopted three dogs.

According to the China Post, amendment sponsor Wang Yu-min said some localities in Taiwan already had measures banning dog and cat meat consumption, but now national legislation was needed.

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The law also includes penalties for animal torture, including the walking of an animal on a leash while traveling on a motor scooter or similar vehicle.

In 2016, Chinese and global animal rights activists presented a petition with 11 million signatures to protest the dog-meat festival, The Washington Post's Simon Denyer reported.

This photo taken on May 9, 2016 shows people eating dog meat at a restaurant in Yulin, in China's southern Guangxi region.

Ms Tsai, who is Taiwan's first female leader, attracted attention at the time with what was dubbed the country's new "first family".

Additionally, animal cruelty towards cats and dogs has become increasingly punishable, with heavy fines of up to 2,000,000 Taiwanese dollars ($65,000).

  • Megan Austin