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Taiwan Becomes First Asian Country to Ban Eating Dogs And Cats

Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to ban consumption of dogs and cats.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:April 13, 2017, 10:28 AM IST
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Taiwan Becomes First Asian Country to Ban Eating Dogs And Cats
Dog consumption is becoming less common in China, Vietnam and other Asian nations. (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ HOANG DINH Nam)
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Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to ban consumption of dogs and cats.

Parliament passed legislation to outlaw the consumption, purchase or possession of dog and cat meat, with offenders facing a fine of up to Tw$250,000 ($8,170).

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, more than doubling that for repeat offenders.

"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-publicised animal abuse cases triggered deep public concern, and demands for tougher protection laws.

Last year, the military was forced to apologise 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.

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