Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy: Bring H.Res 401 and H.R. 1406 to the Floor for a Vote
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A bipartisan resolution has been introduced by Congressmen, Alcee Hastings, and Vern Buchanan. House Resolution 401 (formerly known as H. Res 30 and H. Res 752): 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.
While most of us view dogs and cats as loving companions, and would find the practice of slaughtering them for food barbaric and cruel; a large number of people in China, and other parts of Asia, eat dog and cat meat, not for hunger, but for reasons rooted entirely in superstition and irrational beliefs.
Eating cat meat is believed to keep the body warm during the winter and have medicinal value. Dog meat is believed to cool the body during summer, enhance male virility and ward off evil spirits.
Many Koreans and Chinese even believe that eating dog meat will make them happy because dogs are considered "happy animals."
Most of South Korea's dog meat dogs are raised on dog farms where they endure horrific abuse and living conditions. There are an estimated 17,000 illegal dog meat farms in South Korea.
While a vast number of China's dog meat dogs are abandoned or stolen pets, guard dogs and strays. It is estimated that 70% of dogs are stolen family pets, supplied by gangs of violent dog thieves. The remainder are bought from poor villagers with excess dogs.
The whole process from capture, transportation and slaughter is incredibly cruel. Dogs and cats are crammed into cages with such violence that their bones break. They are driven for hundreds of miles, for days at a time, without food or water. Many animals become sick and die in the process - they are the fortunate ones.
The most shocking part of all of this is the barbaric and senseless torture these poor animals are forced to endure for hours, and sometimes days, before they are slaughtered.
Helpless dogs are hung, brutally beaten and electrocuted; they are skinned alive, boiled alive and blow torched while they are alive and fully conscious. Cruel butchers cut off their paws so they can't run away, and bind their snouts so they can't defend themselves or cry out in pain. Cats are treated with the same brutality; they are skinned and boiled alive for their meat and fur, and to make tonics and elixirs.
The extreme torture is intentional and performed in front of other terrified animals, due to the misguided belief that increased adrenaline, due to pain and fear, improves the flavor and potency of their meat.
It is not uncommon to see cars and motorcycles dragging dogs behind them on the highway. They call it "tenderizing" the meat.
The slaughter happens every single day within the dog and cat meat trade. In China alone, an estimated 30 million dogs are brutally tortured and killed every year. They are slaughtered out in the open, in plain view of the public, and without interference, because China has no animal protection law.
There is no place in modern society for these sadistic and barbarically cruel practices. Extreme cruelty cannot be dismissed as a matter of culture.
On May 25, 2016, United States Congressman, Alcee Hastings, introduced House Resolution 752: condemning China's dog meat trade and calling on the Chinese government to end the eight day dog meat eating festival that takes place in Yulin, China, every year. Unfortunately, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, refused to bring the resolution to the floor for a vote.
The Resolution was re-introduced by Congressman Hastings, on January 6, 2017, as House Resolution 30, but again the House failed to act. This time, it was because they didn't want to single-out or offend China.
On June 22, 2017, Congressmen Hastings and Vern Buchanan, reintroduced the Resolution as House Resolution 401: calling on all nations that have a dog or cat meat trade to adopt and enforce laws banning the dog and cat meat trade, as part of anti-cruelty laws or otherwise. And,
On May 7, 2017, the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation introduced H.R. 1406: the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act, sponsored by Congressmen Hastings, Buchanan, Dave Trott, and Brenden F. Boyle, and supported by the Humane Society, and 232 members of the House of Representatives.
If passed, H.R 1406 will protect dogs and cats in the United States from slaughter for human consumption. In addition, H.R. 1406 is extremely important because House leaders want to vote on both bills at the same time. Currently, H.R. 1406 is stuck in the House Committee of Agriculture, where it is being opposed by committee chairman, Texas Rep., Mike Conaway.
For millions of dogs and cats who are victims of the meat trade, it is an utterly terrifying ordeal of unimaginable pain, suffering and deliberately cruel death.
No animal deserves this fate, however, there is no animal more deserving of our protection, in honor of his services to man, than man's most loyal friend the dog. Our relationship with dogs dates back to ancient times. They love us unconditionally; they are our loyal and trusted companions and faithful protectors.
Dogs risk their lives every day to serve and protect us in the military and police force; sniff out bombs in airports and search for disaster victims. They are devoted service companions to people with disabilities and provide emotional support to the sick and elderly.
According to Gregory Berns, Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University, and Author of "How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain;" “The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child.” As such, dogs deserve and are entitled to our moral consideration and protection.
We cannot continue to look the other way while so many suffer in silence. It's time for the United States to stand up for our furry friends.
Tell decision makers: Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan; House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy; and Committee on Agriculture, Chairman, Mike Conaway, to support the passage of H.Res 401 and H.R. 1406, and affirm the commitment of the United States to the protection of dogs and cats in the U.S., Asia, and around the world. It's the right thing to do.
Please sign and share this petition, and please let Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, and Mike Conaway know your feelings on H.Res 401 and H.R. 1406:
Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031 / Kevin McCarthy (202) 225-2815
Mike Conaway (202) 225-3605
"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandi
Update: Time is of the essence, the Yulin dog meat festival starts again on June 21, 2018. We are calling, emailing, faxing and posting to House Representatives on Facebook and Twitter, asking them to support these vitally important Resolutions. You can join the campaign by contacting your representatives and asking them to cosponsor H.Res 401 and H.R. 1406. Thank you for your support.
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Never be silent in the face of abuse. These poor animals have no one to speak for them but us. For more information on the dog meat trade and how to make the world a better place for man's best friend please visit:
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