The Cabinet yesterday approved an amendment to the Animal Protection Law (
Under the amendment, animal abusers may be fined between NT$100,000 (US$3,100) and NT$500,000, and repeat offenders face a fine of NT$200,000 to NT$1 million.
The law bans the killing of cats, dogs or other animals included in a prohibitions list in order to acquire their meat, fur or for commercial purposes.
Government agencies in charge of animal protection are authorized to take animals suffering from abuse to animal shelters.
The amendment, subject to legislative approval, also prohibits use of explosives, poison gas, electric devices, anesthesia, firearms or tongs without permission when capturing animals.
The Cabinet also passed an amendment yesterday that would impose a fine on drug users.
"Young people are often seduced into taking drugs as drug providers tell them there is no legal consequence," said Chiang Hui-ming (江惠民), director of the Ministry of Justice's Department of Prosecutorial Affairs.
The Narcotics Endangerment Prevention Act (
These new kinds of drugs, commonly known as "club drugs," have gained in popularity over amphetamine among young people, Chiang said.
"There are many worrying developments on drug misuse. Drugs are cheaper and more accessible, they are taken publicly, and the age of people taking drugs is decreasing," Chiang said.
Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (