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H.Res. 401 (115th): Urging all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against such trade

About the resolution

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.Res. 401 calls for an end to the dog and cat meat trade on cruelty and public health grounds, urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and enforce existing laws against such trade, and affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to advancing the progress of animal protection around the world.

It is estimated that 30 million dogs and 10 million cats die annually across Asia for the trade in dog and cat meat. Considered a delicacy in some countries, dog and cat meat can be found in specialty restaurants despite some countries taking steps to curb the practice.

With respect to dogs and cats that are farmed for meat, there are reports of abuse, poor living conditions, and ...

Sponsor and status

Alcee Hastings

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 20th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 12, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Jun 22, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution) on Sep 12, 2018

This simple resolution was agreed to on September 12, 2018. That is the end of the legislative process for a simple resolution.


152 Cosponsors (121 Democrats, 31 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Hastings Statement on Passage of Resolution Urging all Nations to Outlaw the Dog and Cat Meat Trade
    — Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL20, 2013-2021] (Sponsor) on Sep 12, 2018

House Expected to Pass 2 Buchanan, Hastings Bills to Protect Animals
    — Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 12, 2018

The Week Ahead - scheduled votes, committee action and other important notes for the week of September 10, 2018
    — Rep. David Young [R-IA3, 2015-2018] on Sep 10, 2018

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Jun 22, 2017

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Nov 15, 2017
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Sep 12, 2018
Agreed To

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. A simple resolution is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.Res. 401 (115th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 401. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

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

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