Dog & Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act H.R. 1406

The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 will provide protection to dogs and cats in the 44 states that currently have no law prohibiting the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption.

The Federal government should implement a uniform national animal cruelty law that explicitly bans the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.

Only Six States Have Laws That Prohibit The Slaughter

New York - prohibits any slaughterhouse, abattoir or other place or establishment, or for any person, to slaughter or butcher domesticated dog or domesticated cat to create food, meat or meat products for human or animal consumption.

California classifies a misdemeanor to possess, import into, or export from, California, sell, buy, give away, or accept any carcass of any animal commonly kept as a pet with the intent of using any part of that carcass for food.  It is also a misdemeanor to possess, import, export, buy, sell, give away or accept a common pet animal with the intent of killing it for food.

Virginia prohibits the unnecessary killing of an animal, with a specific exemption for “farming activities.” Anyone who “tortures, willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain not connected with bona fide scientific or medical experimentation, or cruelly and unnecessarily beats, maims, mutilates or kills any animal whether belonging to himself or another;” or does the same to a dog or cat “that is a companion animal and as a direct result causes the death,” is convicted of a felony.

Georgia finds it unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to distribute or offer for sale for human consumption any dog meat in the State of Georgia.

Michigan requires dog meat to be plainly labeled or it is considered to be a misdemeanor.

Hawaii defines a “Pet animal” to be a dog, cat, domesticated rabbit, guinea pig, domesticated pig, or caged birds, so long as they are not bred for consumption.

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