U.S. Congress Aims to Shut Down China’s Dog-Meat Trade

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

PETA friend Rep. Alcee L. Hastings—who previously worked with PETA to expose China’s dog leather industry—is condemning China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and calling on the Chinese government to end the trade in dog meat.

More than 10 million dogs are killed for meat every year in China. With backing from PETA and other nonprofit animal organizations, Hastings is leading the charge to end the dog meat trade because “the United States cannot stay silent” in the face of such an “extreme spectacle of animal cruelty.”

Numerous bipartisan representatives have joined him as original cosponsors of legislation calling for an end to this practice, including Representatives Robert Brady, Vern Buchanan, Tony Cardenas, ‎Steve Cohen, Peter DeFazio, Ted Deutch, Chaka Fattah, Raul Grijalva, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Barbara Lee, Gwen Moore, Brad Sherman, Frederica Wilson, Jared Polis, Gregory Meeks, Matthew Cartwright, Katherine Clark, Lois Frankel, William Lacy Clay, Patrick Murphy, William Keating, Dan Donovan, Suzanne Bonamici, Brendan Boyle, Gerald Connelly, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.

Show your support for ending China’s dog-meat trade by tweeting @RepHastingsFL with the hashtag #EndYulin.

Note: PETA supports animal rights, opposes all forms of animal exploitation, and educates the public on those issues. PETA does not directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office or any political party.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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