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Taiwan Quick Take: Smuggling bill approved

An amendment to the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Diseases (動物傳染病防治條例) passed its third reading in the Legislative Yuan on Friday. The bill is aimed at increasing the penalty for smuggling wildlife into Taiwan. The amendment would change Article 41 in the statute by increasing the maximum prison term from three years to seven for those who bring in wildlife illegally. The maximum fine would also be raised from NT$150,000 to NT$3 million (US$94,800). The amended article would also provide for the confiscation of vehicles used in the transportation of smuggled animals. Legislators who proposed the amendment said the change was made with a view to preventing diseases that could be carried by smuggled wildlife from developing into a pandemic, such as avian influenza.

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