The Parliament of Taiwan banned on Wednesday the consumption of dog-meat and cat-like, bowing to pressure from animal advocates.
The deputies adopted a law that prohibits the consumption, purchase and possession of meat of a dog or cat, under penalty of a fine equivalent to more than $8,000.
The new law increases to two years in prison and a fine of up to $65,000 the maximum penalty for any person to kill or to mistreat these animals, and double for repeat offenders.
“This shows that Taiwan is a country where the society is very concerned for the welfare of the animals,” said Wang Yu-min, author of the bill.
The consumption of dog meat and cat was extended since decades in Taiwan, as in other countries of Asia, but in recent years has declined much.
A series of cases that illustrated the cruelty and mistreatment of dogs and cats allowed-raise the awareness of the population about the need for legislation more protective of the animals.
Last year, the army had to submit apology after the broadcast of a video in which three soldiers tortured and strangled a dog’s bum with a chain of iron. This case provoked demonstrations in the country.