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H.R. 6720 (115th): Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 6720 amends the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the transportation, delivery, possession, and slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption. The bill includes a $5,000 penalty and an exception for Indian tribes for the purpose of a religious ceremony.

Commercial sales of dog and cat meat are illegal in the United States, but the vast majority of states do not have a prohibition on the killing of dogs and cats for human consumption. Therefore, an individual can kill and eat a dog or cat or sell the meat directly to another person.

Currently five states – California, Georgia, Michigan, New York, and Virginia – either specifically bar the butchering of dogs and cats for human consumption or prohibit practices in order to prevent the development of a dog ...

Sponsor and status

Vern Buchanan

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 16th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 3 pages
Sep 6, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 2: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 20, 2018. (compare text)


Sep 6, 2018

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Sep 12, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 6720 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6720. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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