U.S. House Passes a Bill Banning the Eating of Cats, Dogs
The House passed a bill Wednesday outlawing the eating of cats and dogs. The “Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018” had bipartisan support - co-sponsored by Florida lawmakers Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan and Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings.
The bill bans people from slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption. It also prohibits people from transporting, possessing, buying, selling, or donating: 1) a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption, 2) dog or cat parts for human consumption. Violators will be subject to a fine, up to $5,000.
The bill does not apply to activities performed by Indian tribes during religious ceremonies.