As bizarre as it may sound to most people in the West, eating cat and dog meat is a common practice in most East and South-east Asian countries. But Taiwan has now decided to ban the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat.
The government will impose a fine of 50,000 to 250,000 new Taiwan dollars (about $2000 to $10,500) for anyone caught selling or consuming cat and dog meat, or any other products that contain parts of the animals, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.
Animal-cruelty acts are now punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 to 2 million new Taiwan dollars, the Central News Agency reported. Previously, the maximum punishment was one year in prison and up to 1 million new Taiwan dollars in fines.