Man fined for eating dog
A man in Tainan was fined NT$50,000 on Tuesday for killing and eating his pet dog. The man in his seventies was identified by the surname Su. Neighbors reported to police last week that he had slaughtered his own dog and shared the cooked meat with his family. Investigators from the Tainan City Animal Health Inspection and Quarantine Institute questioned Su, who admitted that he killed the dog on the grounds that the pet was in heat and "too noisy." The man, who was described as "remorseful," received the minimum fine of NT$50,000 and was warned not to commit the same offense again. According to the Animal Protection Law (動物保護法), anyone who kills a dog can be fined betweeen NT$50,000 and NT$250,000.
Taiwan Pride set for Oct. 13
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities announced yesterday they will stage the fifth annual Taiwan Pride parade in October. The parade is organized by the Taiwan Pride Community, with collaboration from several LGBT and gender-sexuality rights groups, a Taiwan Pride Community news release said. According to the estimate by Taiwan Pride Community, around 10 percent of the population belongs to LGBT communities, "however, these communities are still treated unfairly and are constantly discriminated against in society," the news release said. LGBT citizens hope to "extend friendly hands to interact and have dialogue with non-LGBT people ... to overturn the negative stereotypes ," it said. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm in front of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on Saturday, Oct. 13.