For years, animal lovers like Lisa Vanderpump and animal welfare organizations like Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have been working to end the dog and cat meat sales that keep the dog meat farms in South Korea and China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival operational. Wednesday was a big step toward that goal.
On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act, H.R. 6720. According to HSUS, this decision means it is “illegal to knowingly slaughter, ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell or donate a dog or cat or his or her parts for human consumption, and authorizes a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation” in the United States. The bill was introduced by Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
Along with the passing of H.R. 6720, the house also adopted a resolution, H. Res. 401, that urges all other nations to follow a similar course of action.
Vanderpump was among the numerous animal lovers celebrating these decisions. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star posted a video of herself receiving the news live on Instagram.
It has been a truly amazing day! H.Res.401, the resolution we have been working on for years urging all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade, passed on the House floor!! It has been a long journey but we never gave up! I am inspired now more than ever to keep moving forward in the fight to end the dog and cat meat trade. To all of our supporters, I can’t thank you enough for your continued commitment to helping pass H.Res.401. Together, I know that we can work to end these barbaric practices. Let us continue our fight to do all that we can to protect our beloved companions. Thank you Alcee Hastings for my shout out on the House Floor- we appreciate you so much and are so proud of all of your work! Thank you to everyone who supported the bill, especially Reps Buchanan and Hastings! #HRes401 #StopYulinForever @vanderpumpdogs
A post shared by Lisa Vanderpump (@lisavanderpump) on Sep 12, 2018 at 6:23pm PDT
“It has been a truly amazing day! H.Res.401, the resolution we have been working on for years urging all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade, passed on the House floor!! It has been a long journey but we never gave up! I am inspired now more than ever to keep moving forward in the fight to end the dog and cat meat trade,” Vanderpump wrote in the post.
She also added that the fight to protect out “beloved companions” isn’t over, and urged everyone to continue working toward a safer world for all animals.