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Taiwan Bans Dog, Cat Meat Consumption With Animal Protection Amendment

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A dog to be killed is chained at a free market during the Yulin Dog Eating Festival in Yulin city, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, 21 June 2016. (Imaginechina via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 11:31 AM

A Taiwan ban on the consumption of dog and cat meat passed Tuesday after an amendment to an animal protection law went through.

The amendment not only penalizes those who consume dog and cat meat, but it also bans the abuse of animals, according to the United Press International.

The new law makes Taiwan the first Asian country to pass such legislation.

The Central News Agency (CNA) reported that Taiwan has now transitioned from “a society in which dog meat was regularly consumed, to one in which many people treat pet cats and dogs as valued members of their families.”

“Taiwan’s progressive ban is part of a growing trend across Asia to end the brutal dog meat trade…Taiwan also sends a strong signal to countries such as China and South Korea, where the dog meat trade remains,” said Wendy Higgins, who works with the animal protection organization Humane Society International, UPI noted.

“The public too are becoming increasingly sympathetic with the plight of dogs, recognizing the criminality behind the industry, the enormous benefits that dogs bring to society and the comfort they give to the families they belong to,” Jill Robinson, CEO of Animals Asia Foundation, said about China’s “growing opposition” to the consumption of dog meat, CNN noted.

According to The Independent, the new legislation states that those found eating dog or cat meat in Taiwan are subject to a fine of up to $8,200, and those convicted of animal cruelty could face two years behind bars and a $65,000 fine.

Under the amendment, walking pets on a leash that’s pulled by cars and motorcycles is also banned, CNN noted.

Individuals who violate the amendment will also be publicly shamed, as the CNA says their names, photos and crimes will be made public.

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