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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • The house Passed September 12th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      House Committee on Agriculture
    IntroducedSeptember 6th, 2018

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What is it?

This bill would prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption and the trade of dog or cat meat under penalty of a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation. State and local governments would still be able to enact their own animal welfare laws or regulations that are more stringent than the federal standard. An exception to the law would be made for Indian tribes in religious ceremonies.

Impact

Dogs and cats; people who would slaughter dogs and cats for human consumption; Indian tribes; state and local governments; and the federal government.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced this bill to ban the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption, as there are no laws currently prohibiting the practice, and wrote in a joint letter:

“While the slaughter of dogs and cats for consumption is not commonplace in the United States, it is not explicitly prohibited in federal law. Unbelievably, it is still legal to slaughter dogs and cats for the purpose of human consumption in 44 states across the country. This important legislation will prohibit the slaughter and trade of dogs and cats for human consumption, and provide penalties to ensure that individuals involved in the dog or cat meat trade are held accountable. Dogs and cats play a vital role in the collective experience of Americans and deserve protection and compassion.”

This legislation has the support of eight bipartisan cosponsors, including five Democrats and three Republicans.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / FatCamera)

AKA

Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018

Official Title

To prohibit the slaugher of dogs and cats for human consumption, and for other purposes.

    Why is this even being discussed? It goes against our cultural norms. End of discussion. What we need to do is to do something about unwanted pets being dumped at kill shelters. You know, like, I dunno, free spay and neuter for pets at high risk of being dumped. I'm simply not eating Castor, I don't care how good she might taste in a soup. I can't believe this is even a discussion with lawmakers.
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    i love dogs and cats as companions. But i know there are cultures that value them as a food source. Who on earth am i to tell them that they are immoral?
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    Why would it not be prohibited? We are not a third world country where we need to consume any resources available to us. These are people's family members. It should be the same as eating a human.
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    Killing animals for consumption is inhumane, and even more if its for dog and cats, they are loyal to us, friends to us, even serve to rescue us. Is this the way to show our appreciation and our respect? Is this what they deserve after their loyalty? No.
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    If dog and cat meat trade is made illegal, then the slaughter of cows, pigs, chickens, etc. should also be made illegal. It’s hypocrisy at it’s finest.
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    We have to start protecting our animals not eating them
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    We should not have puppy mills, much less eating cats and dogs. Cruelty to animals( all animals) should be checked with penalties. People who are cruel to animals go on to human abuse. Jeffrey Dahmer comes to mind. ( this includes cattle, horses. sheep, pigs, and chickens, goats, etc. which should be raised and slaughtered humanely. Plus govt needs to stop running foals with helicopters until they die.
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    If somebody from a different culture wants to eat something most Americans wouldn't, who are we to tell them they can't?
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    My God, why is that even a question?!?! Of COURSE it should be prohibited!!!
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    In our Country this should be a big no and if they pass this then they also will need too put in the bill for those nut jobs that eat human meat. Were does it end if they want too eat hamster and Dog or Cat then stay in the country they came from and enjoy.
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    No question. No dogs or cats as meat.
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    This needs to be passed. Other cultures in the world are ok with consuming cats and dogs, we don’t need family pets or those in shelters disappearing for food.
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    There has to be a hidden agenda, since when was there a problem? Just making work for congress?? Introduced by republican from florida, there has to be some other stuff in this bill that will screw the public in some way.
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    Unless we come to a point where Americans can eliminate the meat trade altogether (which is ethically and environmentally harmful) it’s important to protect people’s individual liberties and cultural traditions.
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    This cruelty to animals is heartbreaking and they can not speak for themselves, so please stand and be a voice for them. Show some love and be their voice.
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    The government has no business telling anyone what the can buy or eat. The slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption isn’t common in the U.S., so unless it becomes a problem there’s no need for federal, state, or local laws on the subject.
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    If it is clean and well labeled and no one’s pet was killed to produce it then I see no problem Now taking human children away from their asylum seeking parents...that’s a problem. Denying health care to humans, that’s a problem. Releasing more methane into the atmosphere, that’s a problem.
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    There are no words for this for me. Why is this even being considered? We aren’t an impoverished nation that we need to consider eating cats and dogs. This administration is astounding.
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    Dogs and cats aren't raised or own for their meat to eat---they are part of family-we don't eat our family!
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    In this country, these are pets and not food. Period. Full stop.
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