The government is facing a shutdown at the end of the month due to Democrats and Republicans not being able to decide on a deal to keep it open. However, both parties do agree that people should not consume their pets.
On Wednesday, the house was able to pass a bill that bans the slaughtering, transportation, possession, and sale of dogs and cats for eating. The new bill, The “Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition act was sponsored by Florida politicians Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan and Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings.
In Buchanan’s statement, he says that 44 states do not have any laws banning the consumption of these household pets. In his comments regarding the bill, he says that the consumption should be outlawed in all states. More so because since these are common pets in America.
So far, the only states with the ban are ” California, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, and Virginia.
People Can No Longer Eat Their Pets In The U.S.
Buchanan goes on to say that dogs and cats provide companionship and love to people all over. Also, that they should not be sold anywhere as food.
Once the bill went through, Hastings went ahead with a statement of his own.
“The House of Representatives has voted to unify animal cruelty laws across the country, which would prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption,” Hastings said.
He goes on to say, “I am proud to have championed this effort in Congress to explicitly ban the killing and consumption of dogs and cats across the United States, and am greatly appreciative of my friend and colleague Congressman Buchanan for taking the ‘Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act’ across the finish line today.”
The new bill will also prevent the foreign and interstate trade of pets as food.
With all of that in mind, there was an exception to rule for Indian tribes. They will still be able to engage in such behaver as it pertains to religious ceremonies.
There is a $5,000 fine for anyone who eats cats and dogs.