End the Killing and Eating of Cats and Dogs in the United States
Update: December 21, 2018
The cat and dog meat trade is officially banned in the United States. On Thursday, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes the prohibition against the slaughter and sale of cat and dog meat for human consumption. Astonishingly, this inhumane and unsafe practice had been legal in most states.
In October, Alley Cat Allies issued an action alert urging our supporters to contact the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a standalone bill (HR 6720) to outlaw the cat and dog meat trade. We also sent letters of support to the committee and letters of thanks to the sponsors of the bill. Thankfully, this bill’s language was added to the 2018 Farm Bill to accomplish what this standalone bill would have done.
The 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.