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U.S. House Resolution Condemns Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Calls to End China’s Dog Meat Trade

U.S. House Resolution Condemns Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Calls to End China’s Dog Meat Trade

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a non-binding resolution into the U.S. House of Representatives condemning China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and calling on the Chinese government to end the dog meat trade. House Resolution 752 acknowledges the “extreme animal cruelty” of the dog meat industry, citing its unpopularity with the Chinese people, its threat to global public health, and the countless stolen pets that are slaughtered each year.


Dogs collected off the streets wait in a slaughterhouse holding penDogs waiting in a slaughterhouse holding pen in China's Jilin province

Though non-binding resolutions are not laws, they have been used to state official congressional positions on issues and can affect future legislation, including treaties, trade agreements, and travel policy.

HR 752 has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where it awaits a public hearing. Should the resolution be enacted by Congress, it could affect future relations with China as the U.S government attempts to accelerate the abolition of the Chinese dog meat industry.

LCA’s undercover investigators are on the ground in China documenting the brutal dog meat trade, and were able to capture hidden-camera footage of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in 2015. Thousands of innocent dogs are tortured and killed at this annual celebration of the summer solstice in the belief that eating dog meat will bring good luck – but LCA and other activists are fighting to stop this gruesome event. LCA is also investigating slaughterhouses in the Jilin province and working with local authorities to shut them down.

A woman holding a dead dog to be eaten at the Yulin Dog Meat FestivalA woman holding a dead dog to be eaten at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Change is possible: In 2011, the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival was banned thanks to activist outcry. Should HR 752 pass, it will only strengthen the fight against Yulin and the entire dog meat trade.

As more and more Chinese citizens bring dogs into their homes, opposition to the dog meat trade continues to grow. China has become the third largest pet market in the world (behind the U.S. and Brazil), and nearly 9 million Chinese citizens voted online in support of proposed legislation to ban the dog and cat meat trade.

Dog clubbed in face at slaughterhouseDogs are brutally clubbed to death at the slaughterhouses

To add your voice to the fight against dog meat, please visit and sign LCA’s petition urging Chinese President Xi Jinping to support a ban on dog and cat meat in China.

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