For years, animal activists from the Humane Society International (HSI) have been fighting with all their might to end the disturbing dog and cat meat trade that exists in many nations throughout Asia. In addition to pressuring the countries themselves to ban the slaughter and sale of innocent pets for their meat, HSI has done everything in its power to raise international awareness about this little-known issue and encourage global citizens to be more aware of what they’re eating if they choose to visit countries where dog and cat meat is consumed.

All the while, the organization has also been spreading the shocking truth that there is a market for the meat of our beloved companion animals right here in the U.S. While the trade in our country is far smaller than in most of the Asian nations where it is still present, as HSI has pointed out, the fact that it exists in any capacity is not okay.

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In a major victory for HSI, animal lovers, and furry friends everywhere, the U.S. House recently made huge strides in eradicating the dog and cat meat trade in the U.S. and abroad. On the domestic front, the House passed the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act (H.R. 6720), thereby making it illegal to “knowingly slaughter, ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell or donate a dog or cat or his or her parts for human consumption.” For each violation, the act authorizes a fine of up to $5,000 to be given.

As for its efforts to end the global trade, the House also rolled out a resolution pressuring a long list of nations, including China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and India, to adopt and/or strictly enforce a ban on dog and cat meat within their borders.

Even more excitingly, these weren’t the only animal-saving bills the U.S. House voted to pass; there was also the Rescuing Animals with Rewards (RAWR) Act (H.R. 6197). This piece of legislation authorizes the U.S. State Department to offer cash rewards to citizens in exchange for information on wildlife trafficking. In turn, it aims to help protect endangered wild animals whose populations are rapidly declining due to the illegal wildlife trade, such as elephants, rhinos, and pangolins.

As these important bills make their way to the Senate for deliberation, we’re crossing our fingers that they will all be quickly written into law. If you’d also like to see an end to the slaughter of dogs, cats, and wild animals, please call your senators and urge them to pass these critical animal-defending resolutions!

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

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