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Florida Congressmen: Stop the Global Dog Meat, Cat Meat Trade

June 23, 2017 - 10:00am

On Thursday, two members of the Florida congressional delegation teamed up to offer a proposal calling for an end to global dog meat and cat meat trade. 

Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and Democrat U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings brought out a resolution “calling on China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India and all nations to end their dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade.”

This is not the first time the two congressmen tackled the issue. Back in March, Buchanan and Hastings unveiled the “Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act," a proposal banning the slaughter of cats and dogs for human consumption.

Hastings made the case for the new resolution on Thursday 

“Approximately 30,000,000 dogs and a large number of cats are killed for human consumption annually across the globe. This extreme display of animal cruelty is not only inhumane, but also a threat to public health for citizens and international visitors. The United States must demand that this horrific practice be stopped immediately,” said Hastings.  

“I am proud to have introduced this bipartisan resolution urging all countries to end their dog and cat meat trade,” Hastings said. “The resolution affirms the United States’ commitment to the protection of animals and advances the animal protection movement rapidly growing around the world. I want to commend the thousands of supporters and animal welfare groups, who continue to work tirelessly to end the global dog and cat meat trade once and for all.  While we still face many challenges, we must remain vigilant in this fight together and make our voices heard.”

“Dogs and cats provide companionship to millions and should not be slaughtered and sold as food,” Buchanan said. “It’s time to provide important protections for our most popular pets.”

The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, Animal Welfare Institute, Hounds and Heroes, Humane Society International, Humane Society Legislative Fund, The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are all behind the resolution. 

The issue is not a new one for either of the two congressmen from the Sunshine State who are the co-chairs of the Florida delegation. Hastings has been leading the charge on Capitol Hill in condemning the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China where 10,000 dogs are slaughtered each year for human consumption. 

Buchanan has also garnered national attention for his work on animal issues. The Humane Society of the United States named Buchanan as its legislator of the year last April, the first time a member of the Florida delegation has received the honor. Buchanan received a 100 score from the Humane Society and fought for some of the group’s top priorities. In 2016, Buchanan brought out the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act which bans exporting horses to Mexican slaughterhouses. Buchanan has also led the charge on Capitol Hill to stop domestic slaughterhouses from creating horse meat for human consumption. The Bradenton congressman has also been active in trying to keep manatees covered under the Endangered Species Act. Last year, Buchanan protested the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to downgrade manatees from “endangered” to “threatened.” 



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There is an organization "Fight for the Innocent" that has some resources to use to help in the fight to get more cosponsors for H.RES. 401, the resolution mentioned in the article. I urge anyone who wants to help stop the torture of our best friends to help in this uphill fight. Millions of dogs are tortured annually in this macabre, vile "trade".

I thank these members of congress for sticking their necks out to bring more national attention to this barbarity. It has to stop.!

Stop this evil cruelty what ever happen to love peace god creatures do matter they bleed just as we do have a heart feeling cry emotions as we humans do u will pay the price one day for ur actions

Dear Ladies and Sirs , thank you very much to Vern Buchanan and Senator Hasting for the new , global Resolution against the cruel and barbaric Dog and cat mest trade.Millions poor innocents are tortured every days in Asia. Torture like skinned / burned / boiled or dismembered alive. These acts of barbarism has to stop. Pets are important social partner and family members. These both politicians are our hope in Europe. Thank you for your attention.

When will the world come to its senses? We are all children of the great creator- all that breathe- whether fur, fin or feather, human or animal, bird, fish,reptile- we came to be in the same way and in the same way we will leave this earth. By this span in time we learn love, tolerance, compassion, for all life, great or small. Our souls depart with us, will we be judged by our achievements here? Are you ready? There is time but is it too late?

At last! Thank you,thank you,thank you,so much for taking a stand to stop this horrific trade. I am so grateful for everything that you are doing to help these poor animals.

Thankyou to the Senators who are working to pass legislation to stop the dog and cat meat trade everywhere its popular, which is primarily in China, Korea, Southeast Asia.....organizations like PETA and the Humane Society are focusing on closing down dog farms, and helping the farmers change to growing crops. People are poor and it's my understanding this business is quite lucrative, so there have to be changes to compensate for their potential loss of income. It's a problem on several different levels. My understanding is eating dog and cat meat goes back a few hundred years, and is more popular with the older generations. The Yulin Dogmeat Festival started in 2010, and thats when the horrific treatment began....there are several circulating petitions trying to stop this festival. A moratorium on selling dog and cat meat was imposed in June during the weeks of the festival, and was a small step towards that goal. There are people who have rescued animals from dog farms, truckloads of dogs on their way to be butchered....people are trying to stop this. Some of the rescued animals die because of disease or illness caused by the horrific treatment at the dog farms....tiny cages, never cleaned, dirty contaminated food....never being let out and spending their entire lives in those tiny crowded cages.....while being bred over and over to produce puppies. I can understand raising animals for food, but cows and sheep are let out in fields to graze, they eat clean food, have clean water. Hygiene is so important so you don't raise diseased, sick animals. But that is not what is done with the dogs and cats.....I would think the government would be concerned about potential outbreaks of illness. I have two dogs and six am a lover of animals....and believe enough of our collective voices can help stop this horrible treatment of our best friends. It would break my heart to learn my beloved Molly was stolen and sold to a dog butcher......there is a push on the government to start imposing fines for theft of dogs...they steal not only pets but watch dogs and receive up to $50 per that's a lucrative business as well....people are really poor there...... I guess I'm trying to say, it's a complicated issue......and alot of it is financially driven.. The part that appalls me, is the lack of empathy and compassion for these living, breathing make sure they have food and water, and exercise...and if they are to be butchered, to be killed swiflty........the torture while alive is totally unacceptable and inhumane.......that has to be'll find petitions to sign on the internet...stop the Yulin Dog meat Festival, if you'd like to help with that....

at last !!!! at last the big nation like USA take care of these poor creatures of GOD !!!! have you seen that GOD is a DOG ? if you read it starting by the end !!! apparently, USA with Taiwan, are the only two countries who have got a courage to say STOP !! it's ENOUGH !!! nobody deserves this treatment on our planet !!! we have fight all unjustices, and there is the first one, than we can start another fight !! we can not criticize this decision !! it can help the thousand million dogs and cats around the world ! they would be no more mutilated alive for the piece of fresh meat for consumtion, not more be burned alive, not more be skinned alive, the puppies would be no more fried alive , not more boiled alive !!!! all of you who think that this is an unappropriate decision, go to the hell !!

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Thank the good Lord that we can have a voice to make a difference! Much praise to our representatives in Congress for their action against this unconscionable Act of inhumane violence and Terror two dogs and cats. May we all continue to pray for God's mercy and action and wrath against pure evil worldwide. God's Wrath is already being poured out on China and God will not be mocked for his word will surely come to pass. Let us all pray for our brave representative and congressmen to be successful and their fight against acts of Terror! I had been praying Psalms 59 and 68 for the last two months every day for this to cease and desist ever since I first learned about this unbelievable torture. An ending let us not also forget about animals tortured for their fur and not even humanely terminated. Prayer is most effective God bless you all

Thank the good Lord that we can have a voice to make a difference! Much praise to our representatives in Congress for their action against this unconscionable Act of inhumane violence and Terror two dogs and cats. May we all continue to pray for God's mercy and action and wrath against pure evil worldwide. God's Wrath is already being poured out on China and God will not be mocked for his word will surely come to pass. Let us all pray for our brave representative and congressmen to be successful and their fight against acts of Terror! I had been praying Psalms 59 and 68 for the last two months every day for this to cease and desist ever since I first learned about this unbelievable torture. An ending let us not also forget about animals tortured for their fur and not even humanely terminated. Prayer is most effective God bless you all

Thank you for caring about this horrific dog and cat meat trade! Thank you for caring about animals!

Thank you very much for being a voice for these beautiful God created creatures Thank you i cant stop thinking about the first video i saw of those horrible people torturing these poor defenseless animals while they're still alive! I cant get it out of my head i refuse to watch anymore videos cause i can't stop crying over what these coldhearted bastards are doing! Personally i think they should all be put into prison for life cause its still MURDER!

Dear leaders, I applaud both members for allowing our voices to be heard on behalf of the voiceless that have suffered enough at the hands of these people who wish to hold on to myths . We know very well the purpose of dogs and cats on earth and it's not on the dinner plate!

Thank you Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and Democrat U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings for taking a stand on this. This is probably the most horrific and cruelest thing done by mankind to the animal world. To purposely torture animals before slaughter is beyond comprehension. I hope this bill passes and someday soon this cruel practice will stop

Thank you both. We need all the help we can get to end this barbaric dog and cat meat trade. It's not just the fact that they are's they the horrific way they are tortured. They cut off their limbs and throw them in boiling water while they are still alive. Your compassion and voice for these sweet souls is greatly appreciated. Thank you !

Thank you for trying to end this horror!

Thank God someone is making noise! We need all we can get so they hear us! Barbarism at its worst. This makes the coldest heart cry.

I would like to thank you for speaking up and making changes for animals all across the globe They have no voice and rely on the compassionate human heart to treat them with the respect and love they deserve We must never give up on trying to change this world for the better

Please keep fighting to end the cat and dog meat trade. The world is now watching this cruel, evil trade. It's not tradition or culture it's just pure evil and barbaric. Thanks for fighting for our friends and companions. All animals deserve to be loved and cared for. Welfare laws need to change and the punishments for cruelty to any animal should be much more severe. Bring back the birch for animal abusers.

Thank You from Sweden. As many as 30 million dogs and cats are sadistically tortured and slaughtered each year in Asia as countries as China, South Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Many of the cats and dogs are stolen pets who are transported hundreds to thousands of miles, in cages so small they can hardly breathe, given no food or water during the trip to the slaughterhouses. Many don’t survive the trip. I believe they are the lucky ones! When they are ready for slaughter they are tortured in the most barbaric, sadistic fashion, often in front of other dogs and cats awaiting a similar fate. They are dismembered; boiled, skinned, blow torched all while conscious! They believe that the more the animal suffers the greater the benefit to their virility or to regulate their body temperature. Obviously there is no scientific evidence to support these misguided beliefs. In fact eating dog meat has been connected to outbreaks of rabies and cholera. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Thank You!!!

Please all this torture has to stop, this is inhumane. Thank you so much for them.

proud to call myself an EX Floridian! thank you everyone! We wont stop fighting ever!

To U.S Congressmen Alcee Hastings & Vern Buchanan ... Thankyou, Sirs, for your compassion and bravery in speaking out about the plight of dogs & cats in so many Asian countries. I applaud both of you. Bringing these cruel and barbaric trades into the public awareness may be that first vital step in eradicating the Dog & Cat Meat Trades! I fully support H.Res30. Please continue with this campaign ... those defenceless babies are depending on ALL of us!

Proud to say they are from my home state of Florida. Without laws being passed and pressure for change on these Asian countries this evil will not stop. Keep fighting!!!

Thank You. The torture of these sentient creatures is beyond comprehension. It is traumatizing all decent human beings. These are our companion animals. Dog and Cats are members of family's. The fact that these evil butchers, and thieves enjoy the torturing of the animals is again beyond comprehension. Many of us will never be the same after seeing the torture. It's has become a condition well known as PTSD. Many of us will never be the same knowing this evil exists. Thank you from my heart and soul. You have no idea how much it means to these animals, and to society.

This obsession concerning the eating of dogs and cats, I don't understand. We eat beef which Hindu do not. We pork which Jews and Islamic do not. Some people eat horse, which we do not. So people eat snake which most of us do not. In southern Africa, people eat all kinds of "exotic" animals that we do not. I've never at a cat, but I have tried dog when I was in Vietnam in the mid 60's, too gammy for me. If I'm hungry, they will be on the menu like a lot of other animals. In fact I would eat a cat before a dog. I know what a dog uses for toilet paper...every noticed that? A cat will not. Both are animals with animal instincts of their kind. Dogs are pack animals and I have known of pets(dogs) that were friendly animals, but became a pack and just kill for the joy of killing. Even small children as well as farm animals. Also dogs and cats will eat you if there is no other food. Especially a lonely homebound person who dies and their animals become hungry. I was raised and lived many years on a farm. We had dogs and cats. My kids were raised with cats, dogs, and field rodent infestations when harvesting soybean and corn near the house...followed snakes...some of them with nasty bites. Finally, I've never understood why some people want to "humanize" any animal. It is not a substitute for family or being "my baby(ies)." As a protector or companion, yes, absolutely! But dogs and cats maybe special to us, but not sacred like bovine in India.

it's the torturing that is inhumane and brutal. in Yulin,most are pets that were stolen from families and some were service dogs, and strays. in South Korea they were bred in dog farms living in horrid conditions,most die from the freezing weather in their cages in the winter months.and they are the lucky ones.they escape being torched alive over and over again to prolong agony,cut opened,beaten,skinned alive,eyes gouged out,limps chopped off alive,dip in boiling water over and over again till death,all because of the believe that the more the animal suffers the more adrenalin runs through the body is good for the one who consumes it. any animal should not suffer to such extent when being slaughter,wouldn't you agree?

It's not an "obsession" as you state, but a sickening, revolting reaction to seeing animals tortured for the sake of it and having that torture prolonged for as long as possible in the archaic, ignorant belief that it somehow enhances the flavor of the meat and bestows strength when consumed..this is what is opposed so vehemently..animals raised for food are not domesticated in the sense of the word, nor are they tortured to death in the worst ways possible..have you seen the videos..have you heard their wails and screams? I don't think you have, for you sound like a reasonable person, and no reasonable human being can condone the horrific conditions under which these animals live and kill to eat is one thing,. to intentionally subject a living, breathing innocent creature to such cruel torture is inhuman and pure evil..



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