June 22, 2017 news on House Resolution 30
Although House Resolution 30 has 165+ cosponsors, leaders of the Foreign Affairs Committee and of the House of Representatives communicated to our movement in June of 2017 that they would not be pushing the resolution to the House floor for a vote because of several reasons:
1) It singles out China. The barbaric practice is done in many Asian countries and singling out China doesn't seem like a wise thing to do. (America's complex financial tangles with China may have a lot to do with this reason as well.)
2) It was reported by several animal activist groups and picked up by several major news outlets that there would be a ban on dog meat sales at the Yulin Festival in 2017. House Leadership said the resolution would not be supported if brought to the floor because the barbaric part of the festival was reported to be "over" because of this ban. The resolution was partially centered around condemning this festival.
The reality is that there seems to be no ban on dog meat sales at the Yulin festival this year. You are free to draw your own conclusions about the reasons given. Again, the United States' complex financial ties to China may have a LOT to do with the major reason they don't want to push it to the floor for a vote. And it is House Leadership who gets to make the final call. And the bottom line is, they do have a point.. It DOES single out one country.
The good news is that a new similar resolution has just been introduced that calls out many major countries who allow this practice to continue. This Resolution does not single out just one country, and also includes cats. As soon as the resolution is finalized, we are going to start pushing hard for that one to pass. CLICK HERE
House Resolution 30 to end the dog meat trade 2017House Resolution 752 to end the dog meat trade 2016
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings has reintroduced H.Res 752 as H.Res 30 in this new year 2017 and Congressional Session.
U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings has introduced a resolution condemning China's dog meat trade and the annual dog meat festival that takes place in Yulin on June 21 this year. H.Res.30 calls on the Chinese government and Yulin authorities to end the dog meat trade and to better enforce food safety and animal transportation laws.
The resolution does the following:
1. Condemns the dog meat festival in Yulin;
2. Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to enforce the 2011 Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation that requires "one certificate for one dog" on board trucks transporting dogs for human consumption that cross provincial boundaries;
3. Encourages the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to enforce China's food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products, which should preclude dog meat trade activity;
4. Urges the Government of China and the Yulin authorities to impose a ban on the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin's festival;
5. Urges the National People's Congress of China to enact an anti-animal cruelty law with provisions banning the dog meat trade; and
6. Affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to the progress of animal protection around the world.
AMERICAN CITIZENS AGAINST THE DOG MEAT TRADE:
Please send an email to your House Representative if you have not yet done so, to request support for House Resolution 30.
Very important distinction you must make when referring to House Resolution 30 (formerly House Resolution 752, last year 2016). You must always abbreviate it as "H.Res 30", and never "H.R. 30." The letters "H.R." reference a BILL, which is a totally different thing than a HOUSE RESOLUTION.
This year, H.Res 30 is a resolution to stop Yulin and the dog meat trade, and H.R. 30 is a bill entitled "Farmers Against Crippling Taxes Act". We must always use the correct terminology when requesting help from our representatives.
1. You should contact your own local Rep - CLICK HERE enter your zip code, then next to the info about your rep, click the little mail symbol.
Please email or fax your House Representative, follow up with a phone call a few days later. CLICK HERE for sample letters
2. Paul Ryan - Please Contact Speaker Paul Ryan he has the power to push this through without the needed of all 218 Co-Sponsors
Leave him a message on FB and Twitter requesting his support.
CONSTITUENT HOTLINE: 1-888-909-RYAN (7926)
Washington DC Briefing 2016
Please see facebook page - Citizen Lobbyists for H.Res. 30 (formerly 752), to end the dog meat trade