The Taiwanese Parliament have outlawed the eating of dog and cat meat on a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws, according to Central News Agency (CNA).
Individuals who eat or trade dog or cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 and $8,200.
The amendment also bans “walking” the pet on a leash pulled by cars and motorcycles and raises the penalty for cruelty to animals.
Taiwan has doubled the maximum prison term for animal cruelty to two years and raised the fine up to $65,500 for any act that deliberately harms animals and results in mangled limbs, organ failure or death.
Violators may also see their names, photos and crimes publicized, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency.
Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, was seen frequently posing with her two cats on the campaign trail. She also adopted three retired guide dogs last year.
Animal lovers pushed for the amendment after a string of shocking animal abuse cases.
Last year, a video showing a group of military personnel beating up a dog, strangling it and tossing the body into the ocean sparked public protests.
Taiwan’s minister of defense apologized to the public over the incident.
Dog meat is consumed in many parts of Asia including China, the Philippines, Korea and Indonesia, according to Humane Society International.
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