The maximum prison term for animal cruelty in TAIWAN is now two years and the fine raised 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.
Also, a video of Taiwan military personnel beating up a dog, strangling it and tossing the body into the ocean went viral and led to wide spread protest. In response Taiwan’s minister of defense apologized to the public over the incident.
Dog meat is consumed in many parts of Asia including Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, and China where the dog meat trade remains, millions of dogs are brutally killed as an annual dog meat festival in Yulin, southern China leads to slaughtering of 10,000 dogs yearly.