Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to ban dog and cat meat

Victory for animal defenders! Taiwan is fast becoming the first state in Asia to ban the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat.

As Taiwan's domestic animal population has grown, the masters have changed. And in a good way, for the first time in Asia, an amendment has been made to the Taiwanese Animal Protection Act: it provides for a fine of up to 250 000 Taiwan dollars (7 655 euros) in case of consumption of dog or cat meat. The penalties for cruelty to an animal - including the slaughter of dogs and cats - have been increased to two years in prison and 2 million Taiwanese dollars (61,213 euros) maximum. As for repeat offenders, they face up to 5 years in prison.

Taiwan, an example for all of Asia

Taiwan had already banned the sale of dog and cat meat in 2001 in some localities but it was , according to Wang Yu-min, the legislator of the Kuomintang, who drafted the amendment. A decision that can only support Tsai Ing-Wen, the president of Taiwan, known for his love of cats. She was posing with her two cats during her campaign, and recently adopted three retired guide dogs. Elsewhere in Asia, only Hong Kong has banned the slaughter and sale of dog meat and cat, but did not prohibit his consumption. Let us hope that the decision of the island of Taiwan - whose amendment is to be signed at the end of April - sets the example to other countries of the continent, and in particular

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