Min­istry of La­bor warns for­eign work­ers against killing dogs and cats for con­sump­tion

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

The Min­istry of La­bor warned Fri­day that the con­sump­tion of dog or cat meat is a vi­o­la­tion of the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act, in the wake of re­ports that some for­eign work­ers in Tai­wan have killed dogs or cats for their meat.

The min­istry has pro­vided ed­u­ca­tion to for­eign work­ers about the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, such as in­clud­ing the con­tent of the law in a pam­phlet for for­eign work­ers and show­ing them a video about the is­sue when they first en­ter Tai­wan, said Chen Chang-pang, a se­nior spe­cial­ist from the min­istry’s Work­force De­vel­op­ment Agency.

If a for­eign worker is in­dicted for vi­o­lat­ing the An­i­mal Pro­tec- tion Act, the Min­istry of La­bor will first re­voke his or her work per­mit, Chen said.

If the worker is con­victed, he or she will be de­ported af­ter the sen­tence is served and will not be al­lowed to work in Tai­wan ever again, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice Act, em­ploy­ers will be given a dead­line to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion if the for­eign work­ers they hire vi­o­late the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act be­cause they failed to ed­u­cate them about the law.

If the em­ploy­ers are caught a sec­ond time for the same of­fense, they will be fined be­tween NT$60,000 and NT$300,000, and their per­mit to hire for­eign work­ers will also be re­voked, he said.

If la­bor bro­ker­age com­pa­nies do not ful­fill their obli­ga­tion of re­mind­ing for­eign work­ers about the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Law, they can also be fined be­tween NT$60,000 and NT$300,000, he said.

Chen made the state­ment in re­sponse to com­plaints by op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Leg­is­la­tor Tien Chiu-chin and an­i­mal pro­tec­tion­ists af­ter a large num­ber of ar­ti­cles about for­eign work­ers killing dogs and cats have ap­peared on the In­ter­net re­cently.

Tien and the an­i­mal pro­tec­tion­ists said they re­ported the sit­u­a­tion to po­lice but did not re­ceive any re­sponse.

Re­ports of for­eign work­ers, mostly from South­east Asia, killing dogs for their meat have sur­faced in Tai­wan from time to time.

In 2013, five for­eign work­ers from Viet­nam were ar­rested in Chi­ayi for killing two dogs, cook­ing them and then serv­ing them for meal.

In 2011, another Thai worker work­ing in Taichung was found to have beaten a dog to death and then grilled it for food.

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