Good news for animal lovers!
In a latest development in the dog meat consumption controversy in Taiwan, the government of Taiwan has strictly banned the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat.
As the pressure from animal welfare groups and activists kept piling up along with reports of large animal cruelty cases in Taiwan, the government had to step in to ensure welfare of the animals.
Increased fine and jail time for animal cruelty offenders
Taiwan’s government has also revised animal protection law by doubling the penalty for killing or abusing animals. Now, an offender can be imprisoned for 2 years along with a fine of 2 million Taiwan dollars ($65,000).
“This shows that Taiwan is a society with advanced animal welfare,” said lawmaker Wang Yu-min who proposed the amendment.
Dog meat consumption was used to be quite common in Taiwan from many years but it is rare now. However, in recent years, there have been few shops that have been caught selling dog meat intermittently.
Last year, there have been many instances of animal abuse cases reported in Taiwan which triggered some deep concerns among the public and animal activists, pressurising Taiwan government for tougher animal cruelty laws.
In India, the fine for animal cruelty is a meager Rs. 50. What should be the right fine for animal abusers and killers?
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