Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Sent By:
Tony.Matthews@mail.house.gov

Endorsed by the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Hounds and Heroes, Humane Society of the United States, and Social Compassion in Legislation, Animal Welfare Institute, In Defense of Animals, American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals,
The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, Willie’s Kids

Cosponsors (232) Party Breakdown 166 Dems/66 Republicans: Reps.
Buchanan, Vern, Trott, David, Boyle, Brendan Fl. Abraham, Ralph Lee; Adams, Alma S.; Aguilar, Pete;
Allen, Rick W.; Amodei, Mark E.; Bacon, Don;
Barletta, Lou
; Diaz Barragan, Nanette; Bass, Karen; Beatty, Joyce; Bera, Ami; Beyer Jr, Donald S.;
Bilirakis, Gus. M; Bishop, Mike; Bishop Jr., Sanford D.; Blumenauer, Earl; Blunt Rochester, Lisa; Bonamici, Suzanne; Brady, Robert A.; Brown, Anthony G.; Brownley, Julia; Bustos, Cheri; Capuano, Michael E.; Carbajal, Salud O.; Cardenas, Tony;
Carson, Andre; Cartwright, Matt; Castor, Kathy; Chabot, Steve; Chu, Judy; Cicilline, David N.; Clark, Katherine M.; Clarke, Yvette D.; Clay, Lacy; Cleaver, Emanuel;
Coffman, Mike; Cohen, Steve; Collins, Chris; Comstock, Barbara; Connolly, Gerald E.; Conyers Jr., John; Correa, Luis J.; Costa, Jim;
Costello, Ryan A.; Courtney, Joe; Crist, Charlie; Crowley, Joseph; Curbelo, Carlos; Davis, Danny K.;
Davis, Rodney; Davis, Susan A.; DeFazio, Peter A.; DeGette, Diana; Delaney, John K; DeLauro, Rosa L.; DelBene, Suzan K.; Demings, Val Butler;
Denham, Jeff; DeSaulnier, Mark; Deutch, Theodore E.; Dingell, Debbie; Doggett, Lloyd;
Donovan Jr., Daniel M.; Doyle, Michael F.; Engel, Eliot L.; Espaillat, Adriano; Esty, Elizabeth H.; Evans, Dwight; Faso, John J.; Fitzpatrick, Brian K.; Foster, Bill; Frankel, Lois;
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P.; Fudge, Marcia L.; Gabbard, Tulsi; Gaetz, Matt; Gallego, Ruben; Gomez, Jimmy; Gonzalez, Vicente;
Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer; Gottheimer, Josh; Green, Gene; Grijalva, Raul M.; Gutierrez, Luis V.; Hanabusa, Colleen; Heck, Denny;
Herrera Beutler, Jaime; Higgins, Brian; Himes, James A.; Huffman, Jared; Jackson Lee, Sheila; Jayapal, Pramila; Jeffries, Hakeem S.; Bernice Johnson, Eddie; Johnson Jr., Henry C.;
Jones Jr., Walter B.; Joyce, David P.; Kaptur, Marcy; Katko, John; Keating, William R.;
Kelly, Trent; Kennedy III, Joseph P.; Khanna, Ro; Kihuen, Ruben J.; Kilmer, Derek; Kind, Ron; King, Peter T.; Knight, Stephen; Krishnamoorthi, Raja; Kuster, Ann M.;
LaMalfa, Doug; Lance, Leonard; Langevin, James R.; Larson, John B.; Lawrence, Brenda L.; Lee, Barbara; Levin, Sander M.; Lieu, Ted; Lipinski, Daniel;
LoBiondo, Frank A.; Loebsack, David; Lofgren, Zoe; Lowenthal, Alan S.; Lowey, Nita M.; Lujan Grisham, Michelle;  Lujan, Ben Ray; Lynch, Stephen F.;
MacArthur, Thomas; Maloney, Carolyn B.; Maloney, Sean Patrick;
Marchant,
Kenny; Marino, Tom; Marshall, Roger W.; Matsui, Doris O.; McEachin, A. Donald; McGovern, James P.; McNerney, Jerry;
McSally, Martha; Meehan, Patrick; Meeks, Gregory W.; Meng, Grace; Moore, Gwen; Moulton, Seth; Murphy, Stephanie N.;
Murphy, Tim; Nadler, Jerrold; Napolitano, Grace F.; Neal, Richard E.; Nolan, Richard M.; Norcross, Donald; Norton, Eleanor Holmes;
Nunes, Devin; O’Halleran, Tom; O’Rourke, Beto; Pallone Jr., Frank; Panetta, Jimmy; Pascrell Jr., Bill;
Paulsen, Eric; Payne Jr., Donald M.; Peters, Scott H.; Pingree, Chellie; Plaskett, Stacey E.; Pocan, Mark;
Poliquin, Bruce; Polis, Jared; Posey, Bill, Price, David E.; Quigley, Mike; Raskin, Jamie;
Reichert, David G.; Renacci, James B.; Rice, Kathleen M.; Roe, David P.; Rogers, Mike D.; Rooney,
Francis; Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana; Rosen, Jacky; Roskam, Peter J.; Ross, Dennis A.; Roybal-Allard, Lucille;
Royce, Edward R.; Ruiz, Raul; Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch; Rutherford, John H.; Ryan, Tim; Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho; Sanchez, Linda T.; Sarbanes, John P.; Schakowsky, Janice D.; Schiff, Adam B.; Scott Schneider, Bradley; Schrader, Kurt;
Schweikert, David; Scott, Austin; Scott, Robert C.; Serrano, Jose E.; Shea-Porter, Carol; Sherman, Brad;
Simpson, Michael K.; Sinema, Kyrsten; Sires, Albio; Slaughter, Louise McIntosh; Smith, Adam;
Smith, Christopher H.; Soto, Darren; Speier, Jackie; Stivers, Steve; Suozzi, Thomas R.; Swalwell, Eric; Takano, Mark;
Tenney, Claudia; Thompson, Mike; Titus, Dina; Tonko, Paul; Torres, Norma J.; Tsongas, Niki;
Upton, Fred; Valadao, David G.; Vargas, Juan; Velazquez, Nydia M.; Wasserman Schultz, Debbie; Watson Coleman, Bonnie; Welch, Peter; Wilson, Frederica S.; Yarmuth, John A.;
Yoder, Kevin; Yoho, Ted S.; Young, David; Zeldin, Lee M.

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in becoming a cosponsor of H.R.1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill would prohibit the domestic slaughter and interstate commerce of dogs and cats for human consumption while also providing
penalties for any involvement in the dog and cat meat trade.

For over 40 years, the Supreme Court’s decision in Perez v. United States
has made clear that the Commerce Clause, through the Necessary and Proper Clause, permits congressional regulation of activities that substantially affect interstate commerce. The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia endorsed that notion in his concurring
opinion in Gonzales v. Raich, where he acknowledged that once Congress prohibits the interstate trade of an item, it can also prohibit the intrastate possession of that item: “Where necessary to make a regulation of interstate commerce effective,
Congress may regulate even those intrastate activities that do not themselves substantially affect interstate commerce.”

Six states—California, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, and Virginia—have already sought to ban this horrific practice within their borders in the absence of federal action. It is our belief that Congress must use its regulatory power under the Constitution
to unify this patchwork of state bans and allow the United States to be a global leader on this issue.

We ask that you join us in our efforts to protect dogs and cats by cosponsoring H.R. 1406.  If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Tony L. Matthews at
Tony.Matthews@mail.house.gov or 5-1313 with Congressman Hastings’s office or Jordan Alyssa Heyman at
Jordan.Heyman@mail.house.gov with Congressman Buchanan’s office or 5-5015.

Sincerely,

Alcee L. Hastings                                                                               Vern Buchanan

Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress

 

Dave Trott                                                                                           Brendan F. Boyle

Member of Congress                                                                           Member of Congress

 

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Trade
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 1406
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