It sure has changed a lot. Fully agree. But in my humble opinion, killing a stray dog to eat is far better than caging a designer for years while it suffers in the sun an cant eat or drink right until it eventually dies of stress, disease, malnutrition, dehydration, heat stroke etc. i realize my opinion might not be popular but many animals feel the same level of discomfort and awareness as dogs (ie pigs). I personally have no problem with eating dog meat or pig meat meat, it is logically the same as far as animal rights goes. what matter is how they were treated while alive and how they were killed. Anyone who enjoys commercial pork in Taiwan, in my opinion, forfeits the right to whine about eating stray dogs.
In case anyone goes crazy on my point, I am a vegetarian for the sole reason of cruelty. If I can verify my meat is "happy meat", I will still eat it. But it seems pretty clear that in the case of dog meat, it is simply human companionship that is the real stickler on this issue, nothing to do with logic of food and cruelty. If anything a stray dog that is eventually consumed enjoys a far better quality of life than any caged commercial animal born, raised and killed in a tiny cage baking in the sun for months.
On the flip side, it is really nice that people are at least caring about at least one animal other than our own species. Maybe it's not good to be so honest about it as it may just kill some people's motivation in trying to help some animals. some > none.
But I think it was last year the mayor of Hsingchu was leaving it up to garbage men to "deal" with dogs (correct me if I'm wrong). If they are going to die, seems like an awful waste of quality protein to just throw it in a garbage truck...Psychology....