End the Killing and Eating of Cats and Dogs in the United States

344 x 361.pngThe U.S. Senate is considering a bill to outlaw the slaughtering of cats and dogs for human consumption all around the nation. The bill, H.R. 6720, also known as the "Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018," already passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. If it passes the Senate, it will go to President Trump for his signature.

The bill would ban the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating of a cat or dog, or any part of a cat or dog, for humans to eat. The bill also would impose a fine of up to $5,000 for violations. This is a vital step for animal welfare, as only a handful of states have explicit laws against killing and eating cats and dogs.

Help end the butchering and eating of cats and dogs everywhere in the United States. Urge your U.S. Senators to pass H.R. 6720.

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Please Ban the Slaughter and Eating of Dogs and Cats in Our Nation

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a U.S. citizen, I urge you to pass H.R. 6720 to outlaw the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption all across our nation. The House of Representatives already passed this important bill to end a practice that is inhumane and dangerous. Now, I urge you to do the same to protect our cats and dogs and officially reflect our nation's values.

The bill, also known as the "Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018," would ban the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating of a cat or dog, or any part of a cat or dog, for humans to eat. It also would impose a fine of up to $5,000 for violations.

The cat and dog meat trade is one of the cruelest companion animal welfare issues in the world. These animals are stolen pets, lost or stray animals, or free-roaming animals who live outdoors. They are captured through painful methods such as clamping devices. They spend days packed tightly into metal cases as they are transported to slaughter--where they are killed brutally and in front of each other. Bill H.R. 6720 will safeguard our companion animals and people by putting an official stop to this practice in our nation.

The production and consumption of dog and cat meat also has significant health concerns, as it encourages a mass, unregulated movement of unvaccinated animals. There is evidence that the trade increases the spread of rabies, cholera, and trichinellosis, a food-borne parasite that can survive in frozen meat. By passing H.R. 6720, you protect us from a trade that is not only egregiously cruel to animals, but a danger to human lives.

Alongside passing H.R. 6720, the House also passed a resolution urging China, Vietnam, South Korea, and many other nations to create and enforce laws against the cat and dog meat trade. However, we cannot effectively condemn this practice when states within our borders still lack explicit laws against it.

Passing H.R. 6720 will send a powerful message that the United States will not tolerate this inhumane and dangerous trade, and urge the world to follow our lead.

You know your constituents want to see an end to the horrific killing and eating of dogs and cats. This is your chance to put a stop to it once and for all. I respectfully ask that you pass H.R. 6720 now.

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