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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

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.”

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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0 comments on “Lawmakers Introduce Bill to End Consumption of Cat and Dog Meat in the U.S. — Wait, WHAT??”

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Phil Nicols
4 Months Ago

Most peeple would agree with this without saying, while they are reading the paper while eating their burger.
Saldey, those that wants to eat cats adn dogs will just have "their food" imported so the "slaughter is not done within the range of the law. Many foods are exported adn shipped around the world today. The law should have stated slaughter OR TRADE in said "products"!


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john pasqua
4 Months Ago

dogs and cats are not food now.


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Kate
4 Months Ago

This is great news for dogs and cats. I was going to say the same as others that this should not be happening to any animals. All are sentient beings.and I eat none of them. We have to fight the battles though and this will save animals and that is good. One cannot forego the fight to save cats and dogs because of all the millions of animals who are still slaughtered.


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Virginia Greenwood-Warner
4 Months Ago

This is wonderful news but it is also overdue. Americans believe they are a civilized society but this and bear baiting and rodeos etc etc are anything but civilized. That\'s quite apart from the gun crazy morons who live there!


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delon
4 Months Ago

you guys can\'t even be bothered to edit or write your articles properly - it\'s irritating! Wake up!!!


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Harlan
4 Months Ago

Good story, but who the hell wrote it? Ya\'ll need editors who know AP Style not to mention HTML.


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Wendy
4 Months Ago

If they can\'t get this passed by both sides of the isle with every vote a Yea, then there is no hope for America.


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Evelyn Enteman
4 Months Ago

How about a petition to senators and representatives to make it easier for people wishing to make their views know???


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Jeff Biss
4 Months Ago

Meat is murder, regardless of the victim. People do not need it to sustain life or health, culture is no excuse for allowing this evil to continue.


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Renata Bartoli
08 Mar 2017

All the way with you. Absolutely.

Wendy
08 Mar 2017

Let\'s give credit where credit is due. It is a start!

Virginia Greenwood-Warner
09 Mar 2017

Jeff I fully agree with you. Yes we\'re pleased about the start, however, as you rightfully point out -all meat (flesh) from all creatures should be banned. We do not need it and it\'s 2017, how much longer before people connect the brain with the heart?????



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