Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Sent By:
Katrina.Martell@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in urging Secretary Pompeo to raise the issue of the troubling trade and consumption of dog and cat meat and the need to condemn this harsh trade throughout the world, and specifically, in China, South Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries.

More than 30 million dogs and 10 million cats are slaughtered every year worldwide, according Humane Society International, to sustain this brutal trade. As you may know, this year’s Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China is
scheduled to begin on June 21, 2019, underscoring the urgent need to raise this issue with the Chinese government specifically, in addition to all countries who have not officially condemned this practice. During Yulin, animals are often tortured prior to
their slaughter including being burnt, skinned, or boiled alive, having their paws cleaved off while conscious, and being staked to the ground and beaten to death. No one can see these images and walk away unaffected.

In passing H.Res.401 during the 115th Congress, which urged all nations to condemn the slaughter, consumption, and trade of dog and cat meat, in addition to the domestic prohibition, the American people and our government have put all who engage
in this heinous practice on notice that, no matter where you live, animal cruelty is simply unacceptable. This letter would urge Secretary Pompeo to use diplomatic pressure to convey this message that we will not stand by while the brutal and inhumane treatment
of dogs and cats continues.

The deadline to sign on to the letter below is Tuesday, June 18th
If you have questions or wish to sign on, please contact Katrina Martell in my office at
Katrina.Martell@mail.house.gov or 202-225-1313.

Sincerely,

Alcee L. Hastings

Member of Congress