. . Taiwan has never had a huge market for dog or cat meat - however, the ban plus the strict animal protection laws should send a strong message to other Asian countries [China, VietNam, Cambodia, Thailand...] where dog or cat meat is considered either a gourmet item, or an everyday menu. . http://www.accessatlanta.com/lifest...tion-dog-and-cat-meat/NHmiAwXbL6CfDmxmkf2rBL/ . Quote, "Under this updated version of Taiwan’s animal protection law, those found guilty of deliberately harming animals can receive a maximum penalty of two years in prison plus a fine equal to $65-K. Those caught selling or consuming dog or cat meat will face fines up to $8-K. Additionally, their photos and names will be publicized, along with their crime, as further punishment. Another amendment added a fine of up to $500 for those found pulling their animals along on a leash from a car or motorcycle. This legislature coincides with the country’s changing attitude towards pets. While Taiwan has never had a widespread issue with dog & cat meat consumption, the country did see a large number of animal abandonments several decades ago. Now, as the birth rate declines, Taiwan citizens focus their love, energy & money on their pets. Taiwanese pets now have some of the best legal protections in all of Asia." . . .