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Ask the House to Pass H. Res 401 - End the Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Asia


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A new 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 to satisfy hunger, but for reasons based purely on unjustified beliefs and superstitions.

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 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 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 pain and fear inflicted on the animal increases adrenaline, which 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 cats and 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 send the resolution to the floor for 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 Ed Royce, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, who didn't want to offend China.

So 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.

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, but if any animal deserves our protection in honor of his services to man, it is 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; House Foreign Affairs Chairman, Ed Royce; and Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee Chairman, Ted Yoho, to support the passage of H. Res 401. And affirm the commitment of the United States to the protection of domesticated animals in Asia, and around the world. It's the right thing to do.

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you for your support.

Update: June 5, 2017

Time is of the essence, the Yulin dog meat festival started again on June 21, 2017. We are calling, emailing, faxing and posting to House Representatives on Facebook and Twitter, asking them to support this vitally important Resolution. You can join the campaign by contacting your congressman and asking him to cosponsor H. Res 401. 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:

RUFFF RISING UP FOR FURRY FRIENDS Citizen Lobbyists for H. Res 30 (formerly 752) to END the Dog Meat Trade

This petition will be delivered to:
  • U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
  • Chairman, US House Foreign Affairs Committee
    Ed Royce
  • Representative
    Kevin McCarthy
  • Chairman, US House Subcommitte on Asia and the Pacific
    Ted Yoho
  • Representative
    Alcee Hastings

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