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house Bill H.R. 1406

Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017

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Title

Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.

Summary

Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 This bill amends the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit people from knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption. In addition, the bill prohibits people from knowingly transporting, possessing, buying, selling, or donating: (1) a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption, or (2) dog or cat parts for human consumption. The bill subjects a violator to imprisonment for up to a year, a fine, or both. The bill applies to conduct in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2017
    not only should we keep dogs and cats as loving pets and not food, but also we need to remember the other animals, like cows, pigs, and chickens, who are still being killed every day. that also needs to change
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    We need to keep our dogs and cats as pets, not as another food source.
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    Although I reluctantly tolerate the slaughter of animals like cows, chickens, ect. Cats and dogs have been domesticated for companionship by humans for thousands of years. Dogs are even capable of reading human emotions. Also, cats and dogs (and their relatives) occupy higher tiers on the food chain than herbivores like goats, so consuming them is less "kosher" in my book (carnivores require more resources per pound of meat than even herbivores and naturally are less preyed upon). As such I feel the slaughter of dogs and cats is less justifiable than of livestock.
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    I think this is a good idea. We don't need to have pets being slaughtered for meat. We don't need to encourage raising cats and dogs for meat. We need to be eating meat from low on the food chain to be healthy.
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    We don't eat dogs here. No.
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    Yes please support this bill so that cats and dogs are not further abused and neglected and seen as an agricultural product.
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    I can't believe this isn't already in writing.
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    What gives the government the right to tell someone what they can eat and what they can't? This argument is also coming from the extreme left, who also advocates for cultural acceptance. Why then would we ban something that a certain culture may eat? Personally I'm not going out and killing and eating cats and dogs but I don't think we need to ban it. What sense does that make?
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    I had no idea that there was a bill about eating our pets.
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    What are we? Chinese? It's bad enough that cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, fish are all murdered on a daily basis while Americans eat way too much meat protein every single day, usually in every single meal of the day. But dogs and cats? Is this what our country is coming to? It is a reflection of the low standards to which our country is quickly descending that such legislation would even have to be introduced. I support legislation to keep cats and dogs from being slaughtered and eaten. Anyone who wouldn't is evil.
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    I feel it is wrong to kill dogs & cats to eat. Although I do understand that we as a country stick our noses where it often does not belong. If we can not influence other countries on what they eat, perhaps we can initiate a more humane way of how they kill them. These animals are killed in cruel & torturous ways. That is completely unnecessary.
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    absolutely. as I have researched both of these creatures were never meant to be a food source. As much food resources we have in the 21st century it isn't even an issue of food but of extreme torture and mislead beliefs. America show compassion and what are great nation was built on humanity. Stop the torture of all living creatures.
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