By Sharon Aron Baron
United States lawmakers, spanning across party lines, are pushing for an international prohibition of the dog and cat meat trade, deeming it cruel and unsafe.
Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-Florida), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Senator Rick Scott (R-Florida), and Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-Florida) spearheaded the introduction of a joint resolution in the House and Senate on Thursday.
Rep Moskowitz of Parkland said the global suffering of dogs and cats for human consumption is barbaric and unconscionable. ”The same animals that we consider valued members of our families are victims of some of the worst examples of human cruelty,”
Moskowitz further underlined the resolution as a significant move towards eradicating worldwide animal abuse.”
Nonprofit organizations estimate the trade’s gruesome scale, with around 30 million dogs and 10 million cats slaughtered annually. The animals are often subjected to horrendous conditions, packed tightly in trucks for lengthy periods without access to food or water.
Many succumb to the harsh treatment, while those who survive meet a cruel fate at slaughterhouses where they are clubbed, burned alive, electrocuted, or have their throats cut while conscious.
The impact of this trade extends beyond animal cruelty. Consumption of dog and cat meat poses substantial health risks to humans, including the potential spread of diseases such as rabies, cholera, and trichinellas.
Researchers have also expressed concerns over the possible mutation and transmission of canine influenza and coronavirus to humans, potentially igniting a new pandemic.
Senator Scott and Congressman Buchanan expressed similar disgust and shared their support for the resolution. They highlighted the unimaginable horror of domestic pets being killed for food and the vital role of the U.S. in condemning and curbing this inhumane industry.
Senator Merkley emphasized the urgency of ending these “disturbing practices,” adding, “This resolution sends a resounding message to the countries that perpetrate these abuses that the United States is committed to enforcing critical animal welfare standards and urges the global community to do the same.”
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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