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Lawmakers introduce bill to ban dog, cat meat

2016/06/23 14:42:15

Deputy Agriculture Minister Huang Chin-cheng speaks at a legislative session Thursday.

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan on Thursday began review of a legal amendment to prohibit the consumption of dog and cat meat in Taiwan.

The amendment, sponsored by opposition Kuomintang Legislator Wang Yu-min (王育敏) and ruling Democratic Progressive Party Legislators Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) and Chiu Chih-wei (邱志偉), seeks to ban the trade and consumption of carcasses, organs and products of cats or dogs.

Violators will be subject to a fine of NT$50,000 (US$1,558) to NT$250,000, according to the draft amendment to the Animal Protection Act. Wang said that last year there were some cases of dogs being slaughtered for meat trade, in violation of animal rights.

In light of the great progress that has been made on animal rights protection in Taiwan, the central government should formulate standards and regulations to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, she said.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城), who attended the legislative session, said the Council of Agriculture supported the legislation.

He said the city and county governments have already agreed to adopt the ban if it is passed in the Legislature.

Meanwhile, Chiu said the rights of animals are also at risk when people "walk" their pets while riding a bicycle or motorcycle.

The fine for that illegal action is NT$15,000 to NT$75,000, he said.

(By Liu Kuan-ting and Evelyn Kao)