WASHINGTON —Congress moved a bill forward Wednesday to ban killing dogs and cats for food.
The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018 prohibits the intentional slaughtering for human consumption.
Forty-four states allow it to happen, said legislators seeking to completely outlaw the practice. Only four states specifically ban it., Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Louisiana, said.
The bill calls for a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation and has an exception for Native American tribes for a religious ceremony.