It’s Time to End the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Right Here in the US

Most people are well aware of the consumption of dog meat in countries like China and South Korea, where over 30 million dogs are killed every year. Animal advocates have raised global awareness of the cruel Yulin Dog Meat Festival held annually in China, during which thousands of animals are brutally killed to promote the dog meat trade.

If you’re thinking it’s fortunate that nothing like this could ever happen in the United States, think again.

While the slaughter of dogs – and cats – for human consumption has been banned in several Asian countries, it is still legal in 44 U.S. states. That’s right, only California, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, New York and Virginia currently have laws that prohibit the purchasing, shipping, transporting, selling, or donating of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption.

“While consumption of dog and cat meat in the United States is limited, it does exist,” wrote Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). “It is imperative that we strike it down so that it will not expand, and so that we send a signal to the world that we are taking action against the trade here at home.”

To outlaw the slaughter and trade of dogs and cats in all 50 states, four U.S. representatives — Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Dave Trott (R-Mich.) and Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) — have just introduced the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act of 2017, an amendment to the federal Animal Welfare Act. It would prohibit the trade and impose penalties to ensure that anyone involved in it is held accountable.

“The fact that this legislation is even necessary today is astonishing,” Rep. Boyle said in a statement I think we can all agree with. “It is past time for us to outlaw such a cruel and barbaric practice once and for all.”

Thanks to the efforts of groups like the HSUS and Humane Society International (HSI), fewer dogs are being killed for consumption in Asia.

“Through our work in China, South Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia, we are urging policy makers to take decisive steps to end the trade,” said Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI. Prohibiting it in the U.S., she said, “would show important solidarity with those that have already enacted bans and inspire more to join the cause.”

In addition to the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act, Rep. Hastings has twice introduced legislation (H.Res.30) that condemns the Yulin Dog Meat Festival and urges China to end the dog meat trade. This legislation is the first to focus the attention of Congress on animal welfare issues overseas, according to Hastings.

During the festival, held in August every year, dogs are “burned, skinned, or boiled alive, have their paws cleaved off while conscious, and are staked to the ground and beaten to death,” Hastings stated. “No one can see these images and walk away unaffected.” While dog meat has been consumed in China for centuries, the Dog Meat Festival is not an ancient tradition — it made its debut just seven years ago.

Because of the efforts of animal activists, laws prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats for food have been drafted in China, but haven’t yet passed the National People’s Congress.

Here in the U.S., “it’s time to end the ugly, long-concealed era of people eating companion animals,” Pacelle wrote. “When we achieve that goal, it will be one more step in our social and cultural evolution for the better.”

The U.S. should set an example for the rest of the world by outlawing the dog and cat meat trade. Please urge U.S. representatives to pass the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act of 2017 by signing and sharing this petition.

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230 comments

RosemaryRannes H
Rosemary Rannesabout a year ago

Absolutely signed in solidarity last year.
13,015 SUPPORTERS14,000 GOAL
Should be at least 100K by now! Come on Care2 members start sharing please!
The states that haven't signed on to the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act of 2017 need to get on board with the recognition that this barbaric and cruel, not to mention unhealthy practice must end immediately.
The United States needs to demonstrate to other countries around the world that they too need to end this torturous barbaric practice once and for all.

" While other countries have banned the cruel and barbaric slaughter of these animals for human consumption, it continues to be legal in 44 U.S. states. The Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act would ban the purchasing, shipping, transporting, selling, or donating of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption nationwide, and impose penalties on anyone who does so.


As Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States said, it is imperative that the United States prohibits the dog and cat meat trade so it will not expand and "we send a signal to the world that we are taking action against the trade here at home."

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Lorraine Andersen
Lorraine Aabout a year ago

Petition signed!

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Lesa D
Past Member about a year ago

petition signed October 25 2017...

thank you Laura...

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Chrissie R
Chrissie Rabout a year ago

Thank you for posting. Signed and shared petition.

#12,910 SUPPORTERS 13,000 GOAL

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a year ago

Disgusting. Previously signed, shared.

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Ann B
Ann Babout a year ago

this should be abolished EVERY WHERE

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a year ago

Noted

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Jessica C
Jessica Cabout a year ago

Are you kidding! WOW didn't know!! SIGNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Linda W
Linda Wallace1 years ago

Horrible!

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner2 years ago

Britt P: Nobody is condoning the factory farming of animals which is a GLOBAL crime, and happens in Asia with no regulation on the cruelty of it. ASIANS ARE GUILTY OF PLANETARY CRIMES BEYOND IMAGINATION, THEY ARE A NASTY SUBGROUP OF HUMANITY. Act all offended but that is a fact. And Asia should be punished for that. Just because hideous crimes occur from disgusting humanity worldwide is no reason to make excuses for the filth that is Asia. You don't like that fact, flush yourself down an Asian toilet.

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