Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on Taiwan’s Legislature outlawing the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat:
“I applaud Taiwan’s legislature for passing a law to ban both the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat. This landmark animal protection law sends a strong message to other countries where the dog and cat meat trade remains and millions of dogs and cats are brutally slaughtered every year.
“Last month I introduced the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that will prohibit the slaughter and trade of dogs and cats for human consumption in the United States, and imposes penalties to ensure that individuals involved in the trade are held accountable. On January 6, 2017, I reintroduced H.Res.30 – Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade. I believe these measures send a strong signal that no matter where you live, animal cruelty is simply unacceptable.
“It is my sincere hope that Taiwan will be the first of many countries to outlaw this barbaric and cruel practice once and for all.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.