Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) sent letters to United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, urging them to take actions to combat the global dog meat trade and the annual Dog Meat festival in Yulin, China. (Please find attached a copy of the letters to Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Cui, Speaker Ryan, and Majority Leader McCarthy.)
“As the 115th Congress gets underway, I continue to push for the passage of H.Res.30, my resolution condemning the annual dog meat festival in Yulin, China and calling on the Chinese Government to end the dog-meat trade. The Yulin festival celebrates animal cruelty. Practices like this have no place in the 21st century, and I am pleased to lead this effort to advocate for animal welfare standards across the globe,” said Congressman Hastings.
During the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, 10,000 dogs are slaughtered. More than 10 million dogs are killed for human consumption every year in China. The trade often includes criminal activity and the theft of pets, and poses a serious risk to human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has linked the trade to trichinellosis, cholera and rabies.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.