At long last, we might soon see an end to the controversial consumption of cat and dog meat right here in the U.S. of A. … wait, what?

According to Humane Society International (HSI), U.S. Representatives Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Dave Trott, R-Mich., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa. have just introduced the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act of 2017, a bill that would prohibit the slaughter of these animals and the consumption of both cat and dog meat, penalizing anyone who does under violation of the Animal Welfare Act. Most of us know about the horrors of the South Korean dog meat trade, the

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Most of us know about the horrors of the South Korean dog meat trade, the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and the cruelty faced by cats and dogs in many Asian countries, but the fact that the cat and dog meat eating even happens in the United States is shocking news to many of us.

The consumption of two of our most beloved companion animals may not be wildly popular, or practiced, but it is currently legal in 44 states. While the commercial sale of cat and dog meat is illegal, this means that it is still perfectly legal for somebody in one of those states to slaughter their animal and serve it for dinner. What in the world?! Right.

Not only will this new bill amend the Animal Welfare Act to protect cats and dogs in the U.S. from becoming victims of slaughter for food, it will also help the U.S. stand in solidarity with other countries who have made the dog meat trade illegal, such as Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Taiwan.

According to Kelly O’Meal, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI, the bill “also shines a spotlight on those countries where this brutal industry is not yet outlawed and where action is desperately needed.”

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Currently, HSI is at the forefront of fighting to end the dog meat trade in China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia. You know what they say — lead by example. We would be very surprised if this bill meets any opposition in the Senate, nevertheless, be sure to call your representative and let them know you support this action.

To learn more about Humane Society International and the work they do, visit their official website.

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