NAVS is urging support for legislation banning the consumption of dogs and cats in the U.S.
This week, NAVS urges action on a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the human consumption of dogs and cats. The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018, HR 6720, was introduced on September 6 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming support on September 12. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.
In addition to banning the consumption of dog and cat meat, this bill would also prohibit individuals or companies from knowingly transporting, possessing, buying, selling or donating a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption, as well as prohibit the sale of dog or cat parts for human consumption. The bill carries with it a fine of up to $5,000 per violation.
This legislation has come under scrutiny by some animal advocates, as it does not address the suffering of chickens, cows, pigs, sheep and other animals who are routinely slaughtered for food. But this bill isn’t about reshaping the entire American slaughterhouse industry—it is about the specific, unique concerns regarding the consumption of dogs and cats.
While objections to eating dogs and cats are driven in large part by the ethical implications of our relationships with our companion animals, the reality is that because the sourcing and slaughter of dogs and cats is unregulated, eating these animals can also pose very real health risks to humans.
Please contact your U.S. Senators, asking them to support a ban on the consumption of dogs and cats in this country.
On a related note, on Sept. 12, the U.S. House also approved House Resolution 401, which urges the governments of China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India and all other nations to adopt and enforce laws banning the dog and cat meat trade. It also urges executive branch officials to include the dog and cat meat trade on the agenda for discussion with officials in countries that have a dog or cat meat industry.
While a House Resolution does not have the effect of law, it provides important foreign policy direction, as well as guidance to the executive branch in negotiations with affected nations. NAVS thanks the U.S. House for taking this important stand against the inhumane treatment of animals.