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The fight to end Asia’s controversial dog meat industry

AFP: ‘Taiwan has banned the eating of dogs and cats, lawmakers said recently, as pressure grows to improve animal welfare after a spate of cruelty cases that stirred public outrage. Parliament passed legislation to outlaw the consumption, purchase, or possession of dog and cat meat, with offenders facing a fine of up to Tw$250,000 ($8,170). Authorities can also name and shame those who break the law… Sales of pet meat were banned at the end of 2003. But much-publicized animal abuse cases have continued to trigger deep public concern and demands for tougher protection laws…

Dog meat consumption is also common in countries such as China, Vietnam, and South Korea. Last year, China’s most notorious dog meat festival drew crowds despite international outrage, as more than 10,000 dogs were killed at the event in conditions activists described as brutal. South Koreans are believed to consume somewhere between 1.5 million to 2.5 million dogs every year, but the meat farming industry is in decline, with little demand among the younger generation. In Vietnam, cat meat — known locally as “little tiger” — is also a delicacy. Although officially banned, it is widely available in specialist restaurants’. SOURCE…

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