PLEASE sign & support House Resolution 401 to outlaw the worldwide dog and cat meat trade!

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THE TIME HAS COME ! - We -Those signing this petition (Worldwide Community & USA citizens) request that Paul Ryan (Speaker ) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy bring the Bipartisan Resolution 401 introduced by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings and Congressman Vern Buchanan on 22nd June 2017 'Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade' to the floor, without delay.  We also urge the full support of all USA House Representatives.

STOP THE TORTURE - STOP THIS EVIL & BARBARIC TRADE WORLDWIDE !

An estimated 30 MILLION dogs and cats are abused, tortured and barbarically slaughtered at the hands of The Vile Dog & Cat Meat Trade. Time to stop boiling alive, burning alive, skinning alive, chopping off limbs often through intentional, repeat torture sessions - Just to make the meat taste better!

Learn more about The Vile trade here: http://www.stopthedogandcatmeattradeworldwide.com/facts-about-the-trade.html

Methods of Animal Torture

In The Dog and Cat Meat Trade, dogs and cats are systematically tortured and abused for extended periods in the following ways, even by children as young as 6 or 7 years old.  Animals are typically bound, with limbs tied together and mouths taped, wired or tied shut to make the torture easy for the torturer.
Blow-torched alive. Blow-torching does not necessarily cause the animal death.  It can last for several hours or even days, occurring in intervals that leave the animal suffering accumulated burns until it finally dies.
Boiled alive. In a large metal pot or cauldron, it can take up to 30 minutes for the animal to die.
Burned alive. In fire pits and open ovens, live animals are speared, held by instruments, such as metal prongs and sticks, and jammed into open fire, where they may take 30 minutes or longer to die.
Stabbed. Animals are repeatedly stabbed and cut, which may take up to two days, if turned into a prolonged torture death.

Excuses for Animal Torture

People engaging in The Trade torture the animals for several, irrational reasons and excuses:
They think the meat tastes better.
They believe the myth that the meat will give them strength, improved health or sexual vigour, such as an enlarged penis. Science supports none of these myths.
They think the animal cannot feel pain or is worthless, aside from being meat. Therefore they think it is ok to torture and abuse the body of the animal, even though the animal screams and struggles to escape.

Facts about Dog and Cat Meat

Dog and Cat Meat sourced and prepared using the methods common in The Dog and Cat Meat Trade is commonly dangerous for human consumption, for the following reasons:
The meat, especially in China, is from stolen family pets.
The farming, slaughter and preparation of the meat are unregulated.
The farming, slaughter and preparation of the meat are often highly unsanitary and prone to infection, due to the lack of government regulation.
Consumption of the meat contributes to Rectal Cancer, more commonly known as cancer of the anus.
​Consumption of the meat can cause a wide range of serious diseases in humans linked to conditions that the poor tortured dog or cat was carrying  or being kept in prior to being consumed.   Eg Rabies etc.

​While most Westerners view dogs and cats strictly as companion or working animals and find the practice of raising and slaughtering dogs and cats for food strange and unsettling, a large number of people in South Korea as well as in China, Vietnam,  the Philippines and many other countries  regularly consume dog and cat meat.   Extreme cruelty which occurs most of the time  cannot be dismissed as merely a matter of cultural norms. The sad fact is that in many places where dog  and cat meat  is consumed, the dogs and cats raised for food commonly endure a lifetime of abuse and often are slaughtered in a manner that is nightmarish in its brutality and many dogs and cats are indeed stolen pets! 

Countries that eat dog meat

Fourteen ​ countries around the globe still eat dog meat.  They are : Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Artic and Antartic.  

​Cambodia:  Eating dog meat is legal in Cambodia and its usually washed down with Anchor beer.

​China:  Although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, dog meat has been a source of food from at least the time of Confucius, and possibly even before.

​Indonesia:  Eating dog meat is usually associated with people from the Batak Toba culture, who cook a traditional dish named saksang that is like a dog-meat stew.  Meat for sales:  Market traders with live ducks that will be for the pot.

Mexico:  Dogs were historically bred for their meat by the Aztecs.  These dogs were called itzcuintlis, and were often pictured on pre-Comumbian  Mexican pottery.

​Phillippines:  In the capital city of Manila, the law specifically prohibits the killing and selling of dogs for food except in certain circumstances including research and animal population control.

Polynesia:  Dogs were historically eaten in Tahiti and other islands of Polynesia at the time of first European contact in 1769.

Taiwan:  Dog meat in Taiwan is particularly eaten in winter months, especially black dogs, which is believed to help retain body warmth.

​Korea:  Gaegogi literally means 'dog meat' in Korean.  Gaegogi, however, is often mistaken as the term for Korean soup made from dog meat, bosintang.  The distaste felt by dog lovers, particularly from the West, has made this dish very controversial.

​Switzerland:   According to a Swiss newspaper report in 1996, the Swiss rural cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen are known to have had a tradition of eating dogs, curing dog meat into jerky and sausages, as well as using the lard for medicinal purposes.

Vietnam:  Dog meat is eaten throughout Vietnam.  To many Northerners, it is a popular, if relatively expensive, dinner time restaurant meal.

​Artic and Antarctic:  Dogs have historically been an emergency food source for various peoples in Siberia, Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland.  Sled dogs are usually used  for pulling sleds, but occasionally are eaten when no other food is available.

Countries that eat cat meat​

Cat meat is meat prepared from domestic cats for human consumption. Some countries eat cat meat regularly, whilst others have only consumed cat meat in desperation during wartime or poverty.
​Africa
In some cultures of Cameroon here is a special ceremony featuring cat-eating that is thought to bring good luck.
Asia China In Guangdong and Guangxi provinces in south-eastern China some—especially older—people consider cat flesh a good warming food during winter months. However, in Northern China eating cat is considered unacceptable. It is estimated that around 4 million cats are eaten in China each year, and that the number is rising.  However, overseas visitors are unlikely to come across downtown restaurants serving cat, which is only common out of town and in the city outskirts.
The cat's stomach and intestines may be eaten, as well as meat from the thighs, which are turned into meatballs served with, soup with the head and the rest of the animal then thrown away. In Guangdong, cat meat is a main ingredient in the traditional dish "dragon, tiger, phoenix" (snake, cat, chicken), which is said to fortify the body.
Organized cat-collectors supply the southern restaurants with animals that often originate in Anhul and Jiangsu provinces. On 26 January 2010 China launched its first draft proposal to protect the country's animals from maltreatment including a measure to jail people, for periods up to 15 days, for eating cat or dog meat.

With the increase of cats as pets in China, opposition towards the traditional use of cats for food has grown. In June 2006, approximately 40 activists stormed the Fangji Cat Meatball Restaurant in Shenzhen forcing it to shut down.   Expanded to more than 40 member societies, the Chinese Animal Protection Network in January 2006 began organizing well-publicized protests against dog and cat consumption, starting in Guangzhou, following up in more than ten other cities "with very optimal response from public."
Japan, In Japan, cat meat was consumed until the end of Tokugawa period in the 19th century.  Okinawans once ate a cat soup called Mayaa no Ushiru

In Korea cat meat was historically brewed into a tonic as a folk remedy for neuralgia and arthritis.  Modern consumption is more likely to be as cat soup.
Vietnam Cat meat is eaten in Vietnam.
Europe In Switzerland the private consumption and slaughter of dog and cat meat is permitted though its commercial trade is prohibited by law. A 1993 petition to ban consumption failed with the government declaring the matter a "personal ethical choice." In June 2008, three students at the Danish School of Media and Journalism published pictures of a cat being slaughtered in Citat, a magazine for journalism students. Their goal was to create a debate about animal welfare.  The cat was shot by its owner, a farmer and it would have been put down in any case. The farmer slaughtered the cat all within the limits of Danish law.  This led to criticism from Danish animal welfare group Dyrenes Beskyttelse, and death threats received by the students.
In February 2010, on a television cooking show, the Italian food writer Beppe Bigazzi mentioned that during the famine in World War II cat stew was a "succulent" and well known dish in his home area of  Valdarno, Tuscany.  Later he claimed he had been joking, but added that cats used to be eaten in the area during famine periods, historically; he was widely criticised in the media for his comments and ultimately dropped from the television network.
Cats were sometimes eaten as a  famine food during harsh winters, poor harvests, and wartime. Cat gained notoriety as "roof rabbit" in  Central Europe's hard times during and between World War I and World War II
In 18th-century Britain, there are a few records of cats eaten as a form of entertainment.
North America In the United States  it is legal in forty-four states for an individual to kill cats for food.
Oceania Indigenous Australians in the area of Alice Springs  roast feral cats on an open fire. They have also developed recipes for cat stew. Some other inhabitants of the area have also taken up this custom, justified on the grounds that felines are "a serious threat to Australia's native "fauna".   Scientists warned that eating wild cats could expose humans to harmful bacteria and toxins.
South America Cat is not a regular menu item in Peru  but is used in such dishes as fricassee and stews most abundant in two specific sites in the country: the southern town of Chincha Alta (Ice Region, Afro-Peruvian mostly) and the north-central Andean  town of Huari (Ancash Region).   Primarily used by  Afro-Peruvians.   Cat cooking techniques are demonstrated every September during the festival of  Saint Efigenia in a town of La Quebrada.
In October 2013, a judge banned the annual La Festival Gastronomico del Gato (the Gastronomic Festival of the Cat), which was held every September in La Quebrada to commemorate the arrival of settlers who were forced to eat cats to survive, citing it as cruel to the 100+ cats specifically bred for the event, which involves being kept in cages for a year prior the Festival. The judge also cited concerns over the safety of the meat, which drew criticism from residents who contend that cat meat is far richer than rabbit or duck, and that it has been long consumed globally without any deleterious effects.
That same month, magistrate Maria Luyo banned the festival of Curruñao in the small town of San Luis. Locals say that the festival, which sees cats being drowned, skinned and tied to fireworks and blown up, dates back to the practice of eating cat on the part of African slaves who worked on sugar-cane plantations in colonial times, and is part of the religious celebrations of Santa Efigenia, an African-Peruvian folk saint. Luyo stated in her ruling that the festival "fomented violence based on cruel acts against animals which caused grave social damage and damaged public health", and that minors could be "psychologically damaged" by watching the events.
In a 1996, report some citizens in a  shanty town in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, stated that, during an economic crisis, they had to feed the neighbourhood children with cat's meat, and commenting, "It's not denigrating to eat cat, it keeps a child's stomach full". The validity of this report has been questioned, however.

Proposed Solution :-

We firmly support the implementation of Bipartisan Resolution 401 (detailed below) and strongly urge Paul Ryan (Speaker) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy to bring it to the floor, without delay with the full support of all the USA House Representatives !

BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION 401 :-  ( Introduced 22nd June 2017)

https://alceehastings.house.gov/uploadedfiles/global_resolution_-_final.pdf

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