Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on the 2017 Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which began today in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China:
“I find it completely outrageous that the Yulin authorities and Chinese government failed to take any meaningful action to bring an end to this year’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This festival and others like it that celebrate the torture of dogs and cats is an abhorrent display of animal cruelty. During Yulin, dogs are burnt, skinned, or boiled alive, have their paws cleaved off while conscious, and are staked to the ground and beaten to death. No one can see these images and walk away unaffected.
“It is absolutely shameful that the Yulin authorities succumbed to the pressure of the dog meat industry, rather than listen to the millions of activists around the world.
“I proudly stand with the millions of people across the globe and in China, who wish to see this horrific festival come to an end once and for all. I also want to thank the countless activists who continue their tireless fight every single day in order to save and protect the voiceless.
“While I am deeply disappointed that the House Republican Leadership did not bring my resolution, H.Res.30, to the floor for a vote before the Festival began. I will not give up this fight! That is why I will introduce a bipartisan resolution this week with Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), urging an end to the global dog and cat meat trade. Our sincere hope is that Congress will expeditiously pass this measure, sending a strong signal to all nations that we will not stand by while the brutal and inhumane treatment and consumption of dog and cat meat continues.”
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.