A law passed last Tuesday (2 January) has meant that people will receive fines of up to US$300 if they are caught butchering or selling "fragrant meat," the slang name for dog meat. Once common sights on countless Taiwanese streets, the popularity of dog meat eateries gradually waned as Western values influenced the country and the Taiwanese became more affluent. Cheng Tao-lung, who works for a lawmaker that supports the new law, commented: "Westerners treat dogs as their best friends or family members, and we should no longer tolerate such savage practices."