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Taiwan bans dog and cat meat

Animal Protection Act first of its kind in Asia

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 12 Apr 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/taiwan-bans-dog-and-cat-meat-from-table-as-attitudes-change
Taiwan is set to become the first country in Asia to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, as increasing pet ownership across the continent has seen attitudes shift.

The revised Animal Protection Act imposes a fine of up to 250,000 Taiwan dollars (£6,500) for eating dog or cat meat, while the penalties for animal cruelty or slaughter were raised to up to two years in prison and fines of up to 2m Taiwan dollars (£52,000).

Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to five years and face stiffer fines, and those convicted under the new law may also be publicly shamed, with their names and photos published by the government.

The law also makes it illegal to “walk” a pet while riding a scooter or driving a car. The amendment still needs to be signed by the president, but could be law by the end of April.

Dog meat is not widely consumed in Asia, but it is featured in some regional cuisines, and cat meat is more rare. Dogs were once widely consumed in Taiwan, but are now almost universally seen as pets rather than food on the island.

Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, is a well-known cat lover, frequently posing with her two cats during her campaign. She also adopted three retired guide dogs last year.

The most notorious mass slaughter of dogs for food occurs once a year in China during the Yulin dog meat festival. About 10,000 dogs are killed every year and eaten throughout the southern city of Yulin, but the festival has increasingly attracted the ire of animal rights activists.

Taiwan previously banned the sale of dog and cat meat in 2001, and some local governments had prohibitions on consumption.
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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
2 12 Apr 2017
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nation/Taiwan-bans-eating-dogs-and-cats/shdaily.shtml
"This shows that Taiwan is a society with advanced animal welfare," said lawmaker Wang Yu-min who proposed the amendment.

Like some other Asian nations, dog consumption was common in Taiwan decades ago and although it is much rarer now, there have been sporadic reports of shops being caught selling dog meet in recent years.  

As well, a string of much-publicized animal abuse cases triggered deep public concern, and demands for tougher protection laws.

Last year, the military was forced to apologize after a video surfaced of three soldiers torturing and strangling a stray dog to death with an iron chain, prompting several street protests.

And in 2014, a male hippo famous for regularly performing at a private zoo in central Taiwan died after breaking a leg and sustaining other injuries during transportation, sparking a public outcry.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2087025/pets-not-food-taiwan-ban-eating-selling-dog-and-cat

Although the consumption of dog and cat meat is rare in Taiwan, the move is symbolically significant, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Hong Kong.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if other countries [in Asia] followed suit,” said SPCA Hong Kong welfare programme manager Teresa Lee, a Taiwanese-American veterinarian.

While it might have been acceptable in Asia to consume the animals a century ago, Lee said it was becoming less morally acceptable to do so as values had changed and the animals – popular choices for pets – were now considered part of the family.
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