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Legislative Yuan diverts KMT pork motion

Legislative Yuan diverts KMT pork motion

Legislative Yuan diverts KMT pork motion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Kuomintang motion designed to block the import of pork with ractopamine residues from the United States failed to make a second reading at the Legislative Yuan Tuesday due to opposition from President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party.
Taiwan’s attempts to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership are likely expected to be met with rising pressure from Washington to liberalize the import of pork treated with lean-meat drugs, a trend opposed by the island’s numerous pig farmers.
The KMT motion before lawmakers Tuesday basically demanded that “the new government must uphold the principle of separation between beef and pork, and strongly forbid the import of United States pork with leanness drugs.”
The KMT legislative caucus wanted the proposal to be reviewed by the Legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, but the DPP wanted a joint session with the Economics and Foreign and National Defense Committees.
As several of the KMT lawmakers protested at the front of the assembly hall, the vote went against them, with 48 supporting the DPP stance and only three voting against.
“The DPP sells out the people’s health,” the KMT legislators shouted. The DPP’s actions showed they saw pork imports not as a health issue, but merely as a topic related to foreign trade, KMT lawmakers said. More than 70 percent of the public opposed the import of U.S. pork, so the DPP should not allow party opinion to prevail over public opinion, according to KMT legislator Wayne Chiang.
In the January 16 elections, the DPP won 68 seats while the KMT fell back to 35 out of 113 seats.