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Sen. Jeff Merkley: https://www.merkley.senate.gov/connect/contact/; Rep. Jared Moskowitz: Via [email protected]; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul: Fax: (202) 225-5955; House Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Glenn GT Thompson: Fax: (202) 225-5796; Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chair Bob Menendez: https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact/email

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PETITION TARGETS: Bill sponsors, House Foreign Affairs and Agriculture committees, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Millions of defenseless dogs and cats are still being stolen off the streets, crammed into filthy cages, and left to languish for days or weeks in transport vehicles before being brutally slaughtered for the “meat” trade worldwide.

Now, the United States is aiming to publicly condemn this continued cruelty via a resolution, which also urges countries that still allow the dog and cat meat trades to ban them.

The House resolution and concurrent Senate bill note that an estimated 30 million dogs and 10 million cats are slaughtered each year in the most brutal ways imaginable — including being clubbed to death, burned alive, and electrocuted — after suffering horribly during transport. 

Many of the defenseless victims are people’s beloved companion animals stolen from the streets — who arrive at slaughterhouses still wearing their collars — while others are vulnerable strays, according to the resolution.

Meanwhile, researchers have tracked human health risks — including rabies, cholera, and Trichinellosis outbreaks — back to sick animals kept in unsanitary conditions who were consumed by people. 

Dogs and cats provide love and companionship to millions of people and should not be slaughtered and sold as food,” said Rep. Vern Buchanan, one of the bill’s sponsors.

Lady Freethinker’s investigations into the dog meat trade have highlighted the cruelty — whether for dogs in S. Korea crammed into filthy cages or in Sumatra, where dogs were yanked around with poles, forced into burlap sacks, and transported for more than 17 hours without food, water, or health records.

For the animals’ welfare and for human health and safety, the dog and cat meat trade must end.

Sign our petition urging legislators to fully support and quickly pass this resolution — a clear message from the United States that these gruesome atrocities should no longer be tolerated.