Hastings, Buchanan, and Merkley Introduce Bipartisan Concurrent Resolutions Urging an End to the Worldwide Dog and Cat Meat Trade
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced H.Con.Res.71, a bipartisan concurrent resolution calling on all nations to end their dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate. (Please find attached a copy of H.Con.Res.71):
“I am proud to have introduced this crucial bipartisan concurrent resolution with Congressman Buchanan along with Senator Merkley, which urges all countries to end their dog and cat meat trade,” said Hastings. “While the passage of H.Res.401 in addition to the passage of the domestic ban on this barbaric trade last Congress were a huge step forward in giving the U.S. greater standing to advance the global animal protection movement, we still face many challenges in putting an end to this heinous practice once and for all. The thousands of animal welfare advocates and numerous organizations who work day in and day out to ensure the humane treatment of these innocent animals have my utmost admiration and gratitude. Together, I look forward to working with the endorsing organizations along with my colleagues to pass this resolution, not only to strengthen the U.S. commitment to the protection of animals, but also the rapidly growing global movement to end this brutal and heartbreaking trade.”
The legislation has been endorsed by: The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Humane Society International, the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute, The Buddy Fund, Hounds and Heroes, In Defense of Animals, Willie’s Kids, the Lychee Project, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Animal Wellness Action, the Animal Wellness Foundation, and Women United for Animal Welfare (WUFAW).
“Around 30 million dogs and 10 million cats are subjected to this brutal industry globally every year, with animals often snatched off the street or stolen from loving families, still wearing collars as they are subjected to unspeakable abuse to end up on someone’s dinner plate,” said Sara Amundson, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We are so grateful to Representatives Hastings and Buchanan and Senator Merkley for leading the bipartisan fight in Congress to end this horrific cruelty worldwide.”
“This issue transcends culture and borders. It’s about compassion and shared human destiny,” said Brenda Bush of The Buddy Fund.
“For years with Hounds and Heroes, I have spoken against and fought to end the cruel dog and cat meat industry here and abroad," said Bonnie-Jill Laflin, founder of Hounds and Heroes. "On behalf of my dog, Jaclyn Chan, who was rescued from the dog meat trade in China, and myself we commend Rep. Hastings, Rep. Buchanan and Sen. Merkley for their never-ending fight to halt this horrific industry around the world”
"The miserable lives and horrific deaths of these dogs and cats is an affront to our shared, global humanity. We support this resolution as an important step toward protecting millions of sentient beings from gruesome torture inflicted in the name of 'tender' meat,” said Matthew Hamity, Director of Campaigns and Legislative Affairs for In Defense of Animals.
“On behalf of Willie's Kids and the entire Nelson family, we commend Rep. Hastings, Rep. Buchanan and Sen. Merkley for introducing this Resolution calling on all countries to end the dog and cat meat industry around the world," said Amy and Raelyn Nelson, Co-Founders of Willie's Kids, a national humane education non-profit. "We strongly support an end to the brutal killing and eating of thousands of dogs and cats a year."
“The Lychee Dog Meat Festival is a horrendous, torturous event held in Yulin, China. It begins every year on June 21st during summer solstice and lasts for 10 awful days where 10,000–15,000 dogs (and cats) are brutally tortured and then eaten. We are hopeful that the President Trump will make this part of his negotiations with China. Passing this legislation will help to eliminate this egregious activity once and for all,” said John Lekas, organizer of the Lychee Project.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.
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