Taiwan Becomes First Asian Country To Ban Eating of Dogs and Cats

Taiwan just passed a landmark legislation!

Dogs at Markina City Pound

The Taiwanese parliament has approved a bill that prohibits the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption, the first law of its kind in Asia!

In various Asian countries, dog and cat meat are regularly consumed, yet Taiwan is making this departure from the common practice as they raise stricter measures on their animal welfare law, the Animal Protection Act. The new provision includes a fine of 50,000 to 250,000 new Taiwan dollars for those caught peddling or consuming dog or cat meat, or any product that includes parts of these animals. Violators may also face up to two years in prison, and having their names and photographs made public.

Taiwanese President Tsai-Ing seems to be setting a prime example when it comes to animal welfare. Just last year, she adopted three retired guide dogs to live along with her two cats, Cookie and A-Tsai, dubbed as the “new first family”.

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