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South Korean officials visit to observe animal protection

韓官員來台參訪動保 最想知道「怎麼禁吃狗肉?」

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Last week, 20 South Korean central and local government officials responsible for animal protection arrived in Taiwan to observe how animal protection measures are being implemented here. In addition to visiting the Council of Agriculture (COA) for a briefing, the officials proceeded to public animal shelters in Taipei and Taichung.


This April, an amendment to Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act was passed, explicitly prohibiting the consumption of dogs and cats or their offal, with penalties for violations. The South Korean officials were interested in the implementation of clauses in the act, including bans on the consumption of dog meat and on killing animals, pet registration, ID microchip implants, and the neutering of animals.


South Korea still distinguishes between pet dogs and those to be used for meat. The South Koreans were interested in how Taiwan enforces the ban on dog meat consumption, whether the measures had been met with opposition from the public, and other issues about policy implementation.


COA Animal Protection section chief Jiang Wen-chuan told the visiting officials that dog meat consumption has never been popular in Taiwan, and that the amendments have been carried out in stages: first the banning of killing dogs for economic use, then penalizing the killing of dogs and selling their meat, and finally introducing amendments providing for penalties for eating dog meat.


The South Korean officials also inquired about the implementation of pet registration and ID microchip implants. They were impressed by Taiwan’s pet registration rate of 60 percent — much higher than South Korea’s 20 percent — even when the chip implant fee of between NT$100 and NT$300 is not subsidized by the government.


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