Target: Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan
Goal: Commend President Tsai Ing-wen for increasing the enforcement and punishment of the consumption of dog meat.
Taiwan has seen a change in the attitudes of people regarding the consumption of dog meat. While dog meat has been banned since 2001, the actual enforcement of this law has been poor. Recently, animal rights activists have been gaining ground in the dog meat trade. Incidents of animal abuse, for consumption or other reasons, have been heavily publicized and gained harsh criticism. It seems that the attitudes of people are changing for the better. ForceChange highlighted the issue of the dog meat consumption ban in Taiwan with this petition.
The Animal Protection Act, which originally made dog meat illegal, has gone through a revision which has put some stricter punishments into play. The consumption of dog and cat meat now comes with a hefty 250,000 Taiwan dollar fine. The penalty for animal cruelty and slaughter have been increased to two years in prison and fines up to two million Taiwan dollars. The penalties are even higher for repeat offenders who can face up to five years in jail and stiffer fines. Under this newly revised Animal Protection Act, first-time offenders may also be publicly shamed.
This is a very important win for animals and animal activists. People in Taiwan are truly beginning to view cats and dogs as pets. The anticipated full release of the Animal Protection Act is scheduled for the end of April. Please sign this petition to let President Tsai Ing-wen know you stand behind her in the revised Animal Protection Act.
Dear President Tsai Ing-wen,
The enforcement of the dog meat ban has struggled since it was enacted back in 2001. It is clear that people in Taiwan are changing their attitudes about animals and how they should be treated. The revised Animal Protection Act is an enormous step for animals and a wonderful opportunity for Taiwan to lead the way in reducing animal cruelty and slaughter. The revisions of this amendment are crucial in continuing to fight against the slaughter and abuse of animals all over the world.
Animal rights activists are applauding your decision to push forward with the stricter enforcement of these laws. Dogs and cats will no longer be abused in the large numbers that they once were. Not only will dog and cat meat be illegal, but you will be securing the safety of dogs near roadways. It will now be illegal for dogs to be walked from cars or motorbikes.
Thank you for being such a strong force in the protection of animals. Your country is setting the bar for the treatment of animals. I urge you to continue fighting for the rights of animals and to continue setting a strong example for other countries.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Victor Grigas