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    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.


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


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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.


Summary by Eric Revell

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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.