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Tougher rules on eating dogs urged

Animal rights activists are protesting against a Taiwanese prosecutor's office decision to drop charges against five suspects accused of killing dogs for food.

They plan a mass demonstration to demand tougher laws against animal abuse, saying the current law demands too much hard evidence to be practical.

Activist Ruan Mei-ling said the five men were caught killing two dogs by hanging them on a tree and having them grilled. Prosecutors dropped indictments against the men last week, saying the dog's bodies showed no signs of torture and the men were not caught eating their meat.

Many Taiwanese still believe in dog meat's nutritious value. But the once-common practice has faded in recent years under a ban on killing or torturing animals.

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