The Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act

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A federal measure banning the consumption of dogs and cats in the United States, strengthening the work of activists and groups around the world trying to do the same.

As leaders in bringing awareness to the dog meat trade, Animal Hope and Wellness initiated the bill to send the message to other countries that the U.S. will not tolerate this practice.  Killing cats and dogs for consumption is legal in 44 U.S. states with only California, Georgia, Hawaii Michigan, New York and Virgina having laws that explicitly ban the practice.  H.R. 6720 seeks to close this gap and create a uniform ban across the county.  

The bill is sponsored by Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL).  Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the bill on suspension to the floor where it passed in the house and now awaits passage in the Senate.  The language of 6720 has also been incorporated into the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill.  

We have lobbied for the bill knowing that the U.S. cannot condemn the practice in other countries if it is still legal within our own borders.  Legislators were appalled by footage the foundation presented on the immense cruelty in the trade.  While only four percent of bills introduced federally ever pass, Animal Hope and Wellness and Animal Hope in Legislation has lobbied tirelessly to make sure this important measure received bipartisan support and will be passed by the legislature either as a stand alone measure or in the Farm Bill.