Taiwan Bans Sell, Purchase, Eating Of Dog, Cat Meat

In your next visit to Taiwan you may not be served with cats or dogs meat. The country has made amendment to the animal protection laws and put a ban of the selling, purchasing and possession of it.

Earlier too a nearly similar ban was announced. In 2011 Taipei restricted on the sale of dog meat, but later national newspaper Taipei Times claimed dog meat restaurants and slaughterhouses were escaping prosecution.

In 2016 a lamb hotpot restaurant was caught serving dog meat to customers to cut the costs.

The new amendment in the law says those who will be found guilty of eating either dog or cat meat will be fined heavily, somewhere between 1,300 to 6,500 pounds.

Those who will repeatedly fail to abide to the new law will face public shaming too and even fines of up to 130,000 pounds.

In several Asian countries eating of dog and cat meat is common despite voices against it raised by international animal rights campaigners.

In every June the Guangxi province of China is well known for selling live dogs for meat in and around Yulin.

The event is celebrated by Yulin residents who gather to eat dog meat and lychees.

Under the new law it is also said people henceforth cannot walk a dog by attaching to a motor vehicle as it injures the animal.

A Taiwanese individual who promotes legislators, Chiu Chih-wei, said frequently it is reported dogs get injured after the owner force them to run alongside a car or scooter.