Taiwan – The First Country In Asia To Ban Eating Of Cats And Dogs

Taiwan - The First Country In Asia To Ban Eating Of Cats And Dogs

Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to ban eating of cats and dogs’ meat. According to Animal Protection Act people who kill and torture animals would be imprisoned or would be fined up to 250,000 Taiwan dollars and 2m Taiwan dollars for showing cruelty towards an animal.  Along with eating; selling and purchasing of dogs and cats is also prohibited. Sale of dogs was banned back in 2011 in Taipei but there were some restaurants who were still escaping from the prosecution.

The law is still not signed by the Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan. Probably it could get signed by the end of this April.  Tsai Ing-wen is also a cat lover and has two cats which she always takes along with her during campaigns. The amendment of Taiwan also makes it illegal to walk a pet while driving motor vehicles or car.  Chiu Chih-Wei, one of the legislature promoting the law said, there a number of cases of dogs being injured when forced to run alongside a scooter or car drove by their owners. Those culprits would be fined up to NT$15,000.

Breeders usually sell live dogs for meat in China during Yulin dog meat festival in June. They organize a small get together to eat this dog meat. About 10,000 dogs are killed and consumed every year in the southernmost city of Yulin. Sale of dogs and cats was previously prohibited in 2001. Later, the consumption of the same was also banned. A student from Macau was sentenced to 10 months of imprisonment after killing two stray dogs. This was a huge crime and hence animal rights activists protested and attacked him outside the court.

Though Hong Kong has banned the killing and selling of dog and cat meat under British colonial rule, they have not yet prohibited consumption.

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