The Dog and Cat Meat Ban


HR 1406 - The Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act


As one of the leading non- profit organizations against the rampant Dog Meat Trade in Asia, Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation and Animal Hope in Legislation initiated the creation of H.R. 1406 titled - the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act introduced on March 8, 2017 by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20). H.R. 1406 seeks to amend the animal welfare act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.

If passed, this bill will prohibit any person to knowingly ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell or donate dog or cat parts for human consumption. In a majority of the United States (44 states) it is still legal to slaughter dogs and cats for the purpose of human consumption of these animals. 

“We want the message to be sent worldwide that human consumption of dog and cat meat is unacceptable everywhere, not only in Asia and that is ultimately, if the bill passes, against the law in the United States.” –Marc Ching

This legislation is important because even though it seldom happens here in the United States, it is about setting precedence. It is about teaching and being an example for those who only know one life style. America and her people cannot criticize when there is no law prohibiting those acts here. H.R. 1406 is sponsored by: Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20), Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16), Dave Trott (R-MI-11) and Bredan Boyle (D-PA-13). 

Currently it has been added to both the House version and Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill, and has been amended into the main text. HR 1406 has over 240 cosponsors, and the likelihood to pass this session is promising. If passed, this would be a huge victory in regards to the fight against the consumption of dogs and cats worldwide. The United States being the world leader, making the consumption of dogs and cats illegal in America, sends a message to ally countries, that this type of behavior is frowned upon.


HR 1406 Would Make This Illegal in The United States.


HR 1406 Congress Fact Sheet

Sponsored by Congressman Alcee Hastings, HR 1406 is an Animal Hope in Legislation sponsored bill. The first legislative attempt by the organization. Through the close work with key representatives and WildHorse Consulting, HR 1406 has gained wide cosponsorship, and has been introduced into the House and Senate version of the Farm Bill.

Hr 1406 - The Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act is expected to pass later this year, when the Farm Bill is passed and signed into law.

For more information about the current cosponsors, visit