World Dog Alliance: U.S. Congress Passes Appropriations Bill Including the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats

International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats

The World Dog Alliance, a global leader in the fight against the consumption of dog and cat meat, celebrates a victory for animal welfare as the United States House of Congress voted 286-134 to pass the Appropriations Bill of 2024 on March 23. This historic legislation includes language related to the "International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats," a treaty championed by the World Dog Alliance.

The inhumane practice of consuming dog and cat meat has long plagued communities around the world. By incorporating language of the International Agreement into the Appropriations Bill, lawmakers have sent a clear and unequivocal message that the United States stands firmly against such cruelty:

"Briefing requirement.—The Committee is aware that in 2018 Congress banned the knowing slaughter of a dog or cat for human consumption in the United States. Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall brief the Committees on Appropriations on similar steps taken by other countries and the prospects of, and support for, addressing such practices as part of an international agreement." — 2024 U.S. Appropriations Bill

The inclusion of this language is not merely symbolic; it is a binding mandate that empowers the World Dog Alliance to leverage the full weight of the law in urging the State Department to fulfill its obligation, which if not fulfilled, the next administration must continue to work on the initiation of the International Agreement.

The "International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats" represents a landmark achievement in the ongoing efforts of the World Dog Alliance to establish a global framework for countries worldwide to enact legislation banning the consumption of dog and cat meat. Its incorporation into the Appropriations Bill underscores the commitment of the U.S. Congress to uphold the values of animal protection.

The World Dog Alliance will continue to work tirelessly with the U.S. government to advocate for the International Agreement within the United Nations. In furtherance of this goal, the World Dog Alliance plans to host a series of events and seminars in Washington, D.C., in late June, inviting esteemed guests, including former U.S. Presidents and leaders from both the Democratic and Republican parties, to lend their voices to this cause.

About World Dog Alliance:

The World Dog Alliance is a leading international organization dedicated to ending the consumption of dog and cat meat worldwide. Through advocacy and collaboration with governments and organizations, we strive to create a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect.

Source: World Dog Alliance

About World Dog Alliance

The World Dog Alliance (WDA) has made waves across the Asia Pacific region, and worldwide, to not only advocate for canine welfare, but to call for a total ban of dog meat consumption across the world.

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