Taiwan bans sale and consumption of dog and cat meat

The fine for eating cat or dog meat is £6,500 and people found guilty of the crime could also find themselves publicly named and shamed.

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.

Taiwan has introduced new animal welfare laws that could hand out fines for eating dog or cat meat as well as prison time for those who torture and kill animals.

Under the new law, it will also be made illegal to "walk" animals on a leash alongside unsafe motor vehicles such as scooters.

The amendment was sponsored by Kuomintang legislator Wang Yu-min who said that the new regulation was the first of its kind in Asia.

Yesterday, Taiwan's legislature passed a legal amendment banning the consumption of cat and dog meat, subsequently extending legislation passed in 2001 that outlaws the sale of cat and dog meat in the country.

Taiwan becomes the first Asian state to adopt such a law. President Tsai Ing-wen became known as an animal lover a year ago when she adopted three retired guide dogs to live with her two cats and in February, Taiwan became one of the few places in the world to ban the euthanizing of strays.

The bill also outlaws the "walking" of animals by tying their leash to a auto and forcing them to run.

China's annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, in particular, has drawn global attention and has become one of the most controversial celebrations in the world.

The amendment came in the wake of three high-profile animal abuse cases previous year.

Dog meat consumption is also common in countries such as China, Vietnam and South Korea.

Each year, around four million cats and 10 million dogs are believed to be slaughtered in the country.

Of these, 81 were government officials with other formal jobs who worked only part-time for the council on various task forces, including animal quarantine, pet shop inspections and public shelter administrative work.

  • Joey Payne