According to island's official Central News Agency, Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat with the passing a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws. Anyone who eats or trades dog / cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 and $8,200.
"Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat," says Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation. "But this amendment specifically prohibiting the actual consumption of dog meat today is welcome."The amendment also bans "walking" the pet on a leash pulled by cars and motorcycles and raises the penalty for cruelty to animals. The country has doubled the maximum prison term for animal cruelty to two years, and raised the fine up to $65,500 for any act that deliberately harms animals and results in mangled limbs, organ failure or death.