While quite rare, the eating of dogs and cats is technically still legal in 44 of the 50 states. Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) sponsored the bipartisan bill that “would amend the federal Animal Welfare Act to ban the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption” in America. The slaughter law will work to save a lot of critters from being dinner.
The bill passed via a voice vote on Wednesday.
It would make it illegal to “knowingly slaughter, transport, possess, buy, sell or donate dogs or cats or their parts for human consumption” and those that do would be fined up to $5,000.
Buchanan is hopeful that the “Senate will pass the Dog and Cat Meal Trade Prohibition Act before Congress adjourns” for autumn. The U.S.A Today reported that, when it comes to the fair and humane treatment of animals, it is one of the few areas where the left and right agree, after all.
Many animals right’s groups have been quite happy to hear of this because they have found that there is an underground market for such dishes in America.
Already, slaughterhouses were banned from dealing in such meat and it could not be sold in stores. However, people were not banned from eating the meat or selling it among those who do in many states.
“Dogs and cats provide love and companionship to millions of people and should not be slaughtered and sold as food,” said the Republican from Florida.
The House also passed a non-binding resolution urging “China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India,” and others to stop using dogs and cats as food. This may be a hard sell in many nations where these animals are either eaten as fine cuisine or due to poverty, but Taiwan in 2017, became the first Asian nation to ban the use of these pets as food, so it can happen.
“This bill is a reflection of our values and gives us a greater standing in urging all other countries to end this horrific practice once and for all,” stated Hastings.
“These animals are our dutiful companions and not our dinner fare,” said Marty Irby, the executive director of Animal Wellness Action.
Many animal lovers in the U.S. and elsewhere agree, and thanks to this House bill, it seems that Uncle Sam will, too.