Taiwan has made history by becoming the first country to Asia to ban the use of dogs and cats as food.
The new amendment to its animal protection laws will see stiff financial penalties linked to the consumption of cat or dog meat. Perpetrators could be faced with fines ranging from $1,640 to $8,200.
According to the Humane Society dog meat is commonly consumed in many parts of Asia, including China, Korea and Indonesia.
New amendments to the island nation’s animal protection law also make it illegal to walk a dog alongside a scooter.
Stiffer penalties are now in place for anyone found guilty of animal cruelty with the maximum prison term being doubled to two years and fines increased to $65,500.