From: The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Sent By:
lindsey.garber@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.Res. 30
Date: 2/9/2017

Endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Animal Welfare Institute, Stop Yulin Forever, the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, the American Dog Rescue Foundation,
and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Cosponsors(87): Reps. Vern Buchanan, Raul Grijalva, Lois Frankel, Hank Johnson, John Conyers, Scott Perry, Lee Zeldin, Rosa DeLauro, Jerrold Nadler, Suzan Delbene, Matt Cartwright, Adam Schiff, Steve Cohen, John Yarmuth,
Gerald Connolly, Donald Payne, Steve Stivers, Frank LoBiondo, John Lewis, Gregorio Killili Camacho Sablan, John Sarbanes, Gwen Moore, Frederica Wilson, Dan Donavan, Eric Swalwell, Ted Deutch, Leonard Lance, Dina Titus, Peter DeFazio, Niki Tsongas, Kathy Castor,
Mark Pocan, Linda Sanchez, Tony Cardenas, Mike Bishop, Ed Perlmutter, Earl Blumenauer, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chellie Pingree, Jim Langevin, Peter Welch, Jan Schakowsky, Ryan Costello, Bill Keating, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Doris Matsui, Chris Smith, Tim Murphy,
Fred Upton, Patrick Meehan, Ken Calvert, Paul Tonko, Dutch Ruppersberger, Debbie Dingell, Norma Torres, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Donald Norcross, Filemon Vela, Vicente Gonzalez, Diana DeGette, Ted Lieu, Elise Stefanik, Ruben Gallego, Kathleen Rice, Matt Gaetz,
Donald Beyer Jr, Jose Serrano, Juan Vargas, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Rodney Davis, Darren Soto, Tulsi Gabbard, Raul M Grijalva, Madeleine  Z. Bordallo, Mike Quigley, Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Tulsi Gabbard, Darren Soto, Rodney Davis, Rodney
Frelinghuysen, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Scott Tipton, Jerry McNerney, John Faso, Beto O’Rourke, David Schweikert, Gregory Meeks, Nanette Diaz Barragan, Brendan Boyle, Daniel Lipinski, Susan Davis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz

 

Dear Colleague,

I write in regards to the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China that dates back to 2009-2010, when it was launched by dog meat traders as a commercial enterprise to boost flagging sales of dog meat.
More than 10,000 dogs are reported to be captured, transported and slaughtered every year for this Dog Meat festival, with more than 10 million dogs killed annually in China for the dog meat trade. Animal welfare groups have found that a number of these dogs
are stolen pets taken from their homes, still wearing their collars when they reach the slaughterhouse. Many dogs die during transport to the slaughterhouses after days or weeks without food or water, and others suffer illness and injury during transport,
such as broken bones. These dogs suffer mentally from watching other dogs being disemboweled and blow-torched in front of them.

Yulin’s dog slaughter takes place in residential areas and public marketplaces, imposing scenes of extreme animal cruelty on local residents, including young children who may, as a result, suffer psychological trauma and desensitization.
The capture, transport, and butchering of dogs and the consumption of dog meat poses a risk to human health by exposing people to a multitude of diseases, including rabies and cholera. This practice, in my opinion, is completely unacceptable, and can be stopped
by the diligent efforts of members of the Chinese government. Although the Yulin city government withdrew as a sponsor of the Dog Meat Festival, it has taken no meaningful action to enforce China’s existing laws and regulations on animal disease control, food
safety, trans-provincial dog transport, or youth protection, all of which are breached by the dog meat trade.

Tens of millions of people around the world have called upon the Government of China, the Governor of the Guangxi Autonomous Region, and the Mayor of Yulin to officially end the Dog Meat Festival and stop the mass slaughter of
dogs all year round in Yulin. In addition, the majority of people in China do not consume dog meat and dog meat is not a part of mainstream Chinese culinary practice.  Millions of Chinese citizens recently voted in support of a legislative proposal by Zhen
Xiaohe, a deputy to the National People’s Congress of China, to ban the dog meat trade.  Alongside these voices, I have already written a letter to the Chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee urging him to draft legislation to prohibit
this festival from taking place ever again. I respect the traditions of the Chinese people, but these events and activities tarnish China’s reputation across the world.

Please join me by becoming a cosponsor of this resolution, which does the following: 1) Condemns the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin because it is a spectacle of extreme animal cruelty for commercial purposes, claimed by proponents
to be in the name of tradition but not actually grounded in Chinese history, which is opposed by a majority of the Chinese people and potentially threatens global public health; 2) Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to enforce the 2011
Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation on the Quarantine of Dogs at the Place of Origin that requires “one certificate for one dog” on board transport trucks that cross provincial boundaries; 3) Encourages the Government of China and the Yulin authorities
to enforce China’s food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products; 4) Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to impose a ban on the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin’s festival; 5) Urges the National People’s
Congress of China to enact an animal anti-cruelty law with provisions banning the dog meat trade; and 6) Affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to the progress of animal protection around the world.

For more information or to become a co-sponsor on H.Res. 30, please contact Lindsey Garber at lindsey.garber@mail.house.gov or Ronald Madlock at Ronald.madlock@mail.house.gov or call 5-1313.

Sincerely,
Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress