Taiwan bans eating, selling dog and cat meat

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Taiwan's legislature has explicitly banned the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat and increased the penalty for animal cruelty, underscoring growing awareness of animal welfare in one of Asia's most prosperous societies.

The legislature amended Taiwan's animal protection law to double the maximum penalty for deliberate harm to animals to two years in prison and a fine of $65,000.

People who sell or eat dog or cat meat face a fine of up to $8,000 and their names and photos may be publicized. 

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