After making amendments to its animal protection laws, Taiwan has imposed a ban on the consumption of cat and dog meat.
Yet to be signed by the President, the amendment in The Animal Protection Act has been approved by the Legislative Yuan and is expected to be law by the end of April. Now sale, purchase or consumption of cat and dog meat in Taiwan will be liable to fines and imprisonment. The amended act also has provisions for imprisonment and fines for people who harm the animals intentionally.
Once that happens, eating cat or dog meat will call for a penalty of NT 250,000. Acts of cruelty on these animals could be fined at a whopping NT 2,000,000. While someone doing any of these can be imprisoned for up to 2 years. Repeat offenders might have to face bigger penalties and jail of up to 5 years. Those convicted under the law can also be publicly shamed by the government publishing their names and photos.
The act also makes it illegal to walk pets while driving a vehicle. Violators will have to pay a penalty of NT 15,000.
There was a time when dogs were commonly eaten in Taiwan but as attitudes of people have changed, the animal is now more widely seen as a pet than a cuisine.