Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passage of H.Res.401, a resolution urging all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against such trade. Hastings introduced the resolution on June 22, 2017 with Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL). The resolution garnered broad bipartisan support with 152 cosponsors. (Please find a copy of the resolution attached):
“Passage of H.Res.401 puts the U.S. House of Representatives on record opposing the dog and cat meat trade across the globe. This illicit trade is often associated with disturbing acts of animal cruelty and the inhumane slaughter of tens of millions of dogs and cats every year. Passage of this resolution was a culmination of years of hard work and dedication. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the thousands of activists across the country and around the globe for their tireless efforts. So many invested their own time and resources into getting this measure to the floor for a vote. They have never wavered in their commitment in the fight against the global dog and cat meat trade. I am proud to have championed this effort, which sends a strong signal to the world that the welfare of animals must be taken seriously. Today, we have moved one step closer to hopefully ending this horrific practice once and for all,” said Hastings.
“The United States should be a leader against this inhumane and unsafe industry,” Buchanan said.
H.Res.401 calls for an end to the dog and cat meat trade on cruelty and public health grounds, urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and enforce existing laws against such trade, and affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to advancing the progress of animal protection around the world.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation