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U.S. Bans Slaughter, Sale, and Possession of Dogs and Cats for Consumption

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that officially makes it illegal to knowingly slaughter, ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell or donate a dog or cat or his or her parts for human consumption.


It may come as a surprise to many, but until the U.S. House of Representatives’ landmark vote on Wednesday, only 6 states in the nation had laws in place that banned the consumption of dogs and cats.

The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018 (H.R. 6720) amends the federal Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for the purpose of human consumption in the United States.

Although rare, the practice was still legal in 44 states. A restaurant in Philadelphia was closed several years ago after a worker was caught…

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