Lonely Planet Writer

Taiwan passes landmark law banning the eating of dog and cat meat

Taiwan has become the first place in Asia to ban the eating of dog and cat meat. On Tuesday, Taiwan’s legislature approved the Animal Protection Act, which bans the sale, consumption and possession of dog and cat meat. The amendment will see offenders fined between NT$50,000 to NT$2 million (US$1630–65,475).

Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan legislature bans the eating of dog and cat meat.
Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan legislature bans the eating of dog and cat meat.

Although some local areas already have measures against dog and cat meat consumption, there has never been a Taiwan-wide ban. When the act – which still needs to be signed off by the national cabinet and president – comes into effect by the end of April, it will make Taiwan the first place in Asia to institute a total ban on eating dog and cat meat.

The act also covers other animal cruelty issues, including punishments, imprisonment or fines for intentionally harming animals, inhumane slaughter and walking pets on a leash alongside a scooter or motorbike.

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