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Kaohsiung to impose heavy fines for eating dog or cat meat
【Society】2015-12-09  14:16:27
Kaohsiung, Dec. 9 (CNA) Kaohsiung residents who eat dog or cat meat will soon face a stiff fine under regulations passed by the Kaohsiung City Council on Wednesday.

Hsu Jung-pin (徐榮彬), the head of Kaohsiung's Animal Protection Office, said the existing Animal Protection Act bans killing cats and dogs or selling their carcasses, but the city government wanted to further clamp down on the practice of eating dog or cat meat or any food that contain their meat as an ingredient.

Under the Animal Protection Act, people who kill dogs or cats are already subject to fines of between NT$50,000 (US$1,521) and NT$250,000.

The measure passed by the city council, which must go through the formality of being submitted to the Cabinet as a reference before taking effect, will fine those who eat dog or cat meat between NT$15,000 and NT$75,000 .

"(We) hope the steep fines will deter the practice of eating dog meat and stop people from selling or killing the animal," Hsu said.

The regulations also try to encourage employers to educate migrant workers from countries where catching or killing dogs may be acceptable to avoid the practice.

Under the measure, if migrant workers are found to have killed or eaten dogs or cats in a dormitory provided by the employer, the employer will also be fined, the city's animal protection office said.

The new regulations also prohibit people from running pet shops in venues on the third story or higher of a building and require schools up to senior high schools to include animal issues into life education.

Other regulations include prohibiting the use of pointed objects or devices to keep animals away; requiring public or private venues that cause animals to be hurt or abused because of poor management to provide the necessary medical care; and requiring that pets entering or leaving a public venue should be on a leash or in a cage.

(By Wang Shwu-fen and Lilian Wu)
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