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12 Dog Corpses Found in Raid of Taiwanese Slaughterhouse

12 Dog Corpses Found in Raid of Taiwanese Slaughterhouse

In a raid on an illegal slaughterhouse in Taiwan’s western Yunlin County, animal disease control officers made a grisly discovery: the recently killed corpses of twelve dogs along with 435 dried dog penises. The latter were found in a refrigerator along with “the other body parts,” said the Taiwan Times.

Two live dogs were rescued. Officials found a number of collars — suggesting that some of the slain dogs could have been pets.

Under Taiwan’s 1998 Animal Protection Act, killing dogs is banned. The suspect could face a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine equivalent to $34,500 if he is found to be a repeat violator of the law.

A spokeswoman for Taiwan’s Animal Disease Control Center said that the reason for the slaughterhouse’s owner keeping all the animal body parts was “not immediately clear.” Local media have been reporting that they can be used as an “ingredient in herbal wine in the belief they could help boost male potency.”

The owner has previously killed animals and is suspected of having sold dog meat as food. Dog meat is referred to as “fragrant meat” in Taiwan;  its sale has been banned in Taiwan since 2001 and, in 2007, the government also raised fines on sellers of dog meat.  Eating either dogs or cats is now punishable with a fine of up to about $17,253.00.

But animal welfare advocates have contended that, despite these laws, the government is still not prosecuting those who serve and eat dog meat at restaurants.

Taiwan’s SPCA has been working to raise awareness about animal welfare through a school curriculum on humane education and by fighting against misleading information about animals such as stray dogs.

That the raid was carried out by the animal disease control officers suggests that the Taiwanese government is increasing efforts to protect animals. Nonetheless, the fact that the slaughterhouse’s owner had previous citations and was still operating a facility, and that he had killed so many dogs, shows that there needs to be far more effort on behalf of animal welfare in Taiwan, if not more stringent regulations and consequences for those who abuse and slaughter animals.

 

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7:14PM PDT on May 21, 2013

makes me sad than mad.

7:13PM PDT on May 21, 2013

signed & spreading the word

5:33AM PDT on May 17, 2013

very sad

10:05AM PDT on May 16, 2013

These people want to be considered part of the modern world, yet they continue to use their witchcraft nonsense using parts of animals. Disgusting, just prove these people are no better than cavemen.

6:27AM PDT on May 16, 2013

The Chinese seem to delight in being cruel to animals. They need to be kinder to them.

4:18AM PDT on May 16, 2013

This is awful !

6:53PM PDT on May 10, 2013

This is so sick and disgusting.

7:45AM PDT on May 9, 2013

The slaughter of ANY animal for human consumption, fur, body parts etc is repulsive - we do not need meat to survive, we do not need fur as clothing - surely we have evolved enough to acknowledge the sentience of ALL species. As repulsive as it is to hear about dogs who we in the western world consider a pet and part of our families, ALL animals feel pain, experience fear when they are murdered. A cow, lamb, pig, chicken deserve to live as much as dogs too.

10:34AM PDT on May 6, 2013

sadly noted......

7:44PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

This will stop only when people wake up to the fact that humans do not need to eat meat to survive. Living a plant based diet is healthier and more humane - for everyone. Plant based vegetarian or vegan meals are also very tasty once your tongue gets used to not being over-saturated with nitrates, fats and gristle. Anyone who expresses outrage over the slaughter of dogs is overlooking the fact that ALL animals have the same feelings of abandonment, fear and pain. Killing a cow, horse or pig carries with it the same horrific outcome as killing a dog or cat.

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