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Taiwan is banning eating cats and dogs, but many of its neighbors haven’t

Kristine Phillips: ‘Taiwan has banned the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat, a departure from a controversial practice that is common among its Asian neighbors. The island’s legislature on Tuesday amended the Animal Protection Act, imposing steeper fines and lengthier punishments for acts related to animal cruelty. These include a fine of 50,000 to 250,000 new Taiwan dollars (about $1,600 to $8,000) for anyone caught selling or consuming cat and dog meat or products that contain parts of the animals, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency. The government will publicize the names and pictures of offenders. Animal-cruelty acts are now punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 to 2 million new Taiwan dollars (about $6,500 to $65,400), according to the Central News Agency…

Canine meat, however, is still widely consumed in many Asian countries, specifically China, South Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines and northern India, according to Humane Society International. The practice also exists in parts of Africa and remote areas of Switzerland… Perhaps the most controversial is China’s dog-eating festival in the town of Yulin, where thousands of canines are slaughtered annually… In 2016, Chinese and international animal rights activists presented a petition with 11 million signatures to protest the dog-meat festival’. SOURCE…

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