Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Taiwan bans human consumption of cat and dog meat

Taiwan bans human consumption of cat and dog meat

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

The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, adopted three retired guide dogs past year to live alongside her two cats, Cookie and A-Tsai, according to BBC News.

The series of amendments raises a hosts of issues around animal welfare and reveals changing attitudes in Taiwan, where dogs are now widely seen as pets.

The violator's name, photograph and offense will also be made public.

Ms Wang added that while some localities already had measures banning the eating of dog and cat meat, national legislation was needed.

Taiwan has banned the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat, a departure from a controversial practice that is common among its Asian neighbors.

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Repeated offenders will face a maximum of five years in jail and a fine of 5million ($163,000) Taiwan dollars, lawmakers said.

Last year, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen adopted three retired guide dogs to live along with her two cats, Cookie and A-Tsai.

Hong Kong and China have banned the killing of dogs and cats for sale as meat, but have not specifically outlawed consumption.

However, lawmakers had sought to tighten law for animal cruelty as a spade of publicised animal abuse cases in Taiwan had triggered deep public concern and outrage with civilians demanding tougher laws to protect animals. She also adopted three retired guide dogs past year.

The new amendment comes after several high profile cases saw activists push for less lenient laws.

However, Robinson said there's growing opposition in China to the consumption of dog meat.

South Koreans are believed to consume somewhere between 1.5 million to 2.5 million dogs every year, but the meat farming industry is in decline, with little demand among the younger generation.

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