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Foreign workers reminded not to eat dog, cat or face heavy penalty
【Society】2015-06-20  13:32:18
Taipei, June 20 (CNA) The authorities are asking employers of foreign workers in Taiwan and recruitment agencies to step up animal rights education to help prevent cat or dog-eating incidents, the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the Ministry of Labor said.

Most of Taiwan's foreign workers come from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, where it is legal to eat cats and dogs.

Some of the workers have been seen preparing meals using cat meat or dog meat, sometimes leading to arguments with Taiwanese people and even court cases.

According to Taiwan's Animal Protection Act (revised in February 2015), anyone found to have caused the death of a dog or a cat or other animals banned from slaughter is subject to a maximum prison sentence of one year, in conjunction with a fine between NT$100,000 (US$3,254) and NT$1,000,000.

In the southern city of Tainan, there was a case each in 2013 and 2014. In one of the cases, a foreign worker was fined NT$50,000 for killing a dog under the previously more lenient provisions of the Animal Protection Act.

The Workforce Development Agency said many of the foreign workers are not aware of Taiwan's legislation regarding the protection of animals so it is asking local employers and recruitment agencies to help raise that awareness.

(By Zoe Wei and Jay Chen)
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