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Put an End to the Slaughter of Dogs and Cats for Human Consumption

Put an End to the Slaughter of Dogs and Cats for Human Consumption

Name: Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018

Bill Number: HR 6720

Currently, there is no federal law specifically banning the slaughter of dogs and cats for the purpose of human consumption. In fact, the practice is lawful in a majority of states. But that may be about to change.

The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition, HR 6720, would prohibit the human consumption of dogs and cats. It would also prohibit the possession, import, export or other transport of dogs and cats intended for human consumption. The ultimate goal of the measure is to put a permanent end to the dog and cat meat trade, which is not only a cruel and brutal venture, but also a major threat to public health.

While this bill does not address the wider issue of eating all animals, it does recognize the ethical concerns with treating dogs and cats as members of the family but also permitting their slaughter for food.

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed this bill and it has moved to the Senate. Congress has previously made its feelings on this matter clear with its condemnation of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. It is time to make sure this practice ends in the U.S.

 

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Please Put an End to the Slaughter of Dogs and Cats for Human Consumption

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation, HR 6720, to end the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption. Dogs and cats play a vital role in our society, providing companionship to millions of American households. Many Americans consider dogs and cats family members and friends. These animals should not be slaughtered and consumed as food.

Not only is the dog and cat meat trade a cruel and brutal venture, it is also a major threat to public health. Unlike cows and pigs, dogs and cats are raised--and used--for many purposes, including for recreation, as companion animals, and as working animals. None of these uses are consistent with the raising of an animal for food. Additionally, dog and cat meat traders collect dogs and cats from unknown sources, ignoring food safety regulations that ban food products from diseased animals or from animals who died due to unknown causes. Because there is a risk of exposure to rabies from unvaccinated dogs and cats, this presents a health risk to those handling and eating the dog and cat meat.

Despite these known health concerns, the sale of dog and cat meat for human consumption is actually legal in many U.S. states. Members of Congress have resoundingly opposed this practice with their condemnation of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China.

HR 6720 will ensure that the practice is ended here at home.

Thank you for your consideration of this important legislation that will benefit both animals and humans. I hope that you will give it your full support before the end of the current legislative session.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]