Representatives passed a bill Wednesday making it illegal to eat dogs and cats in the United States.
The “Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018” prohibits “the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption, and for other purposes,” an act which is still legal in 44 states.
If signed into law, the bill would also make it illegal to “knowingly ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell, or donate” a dog or cat or their parts for human consumption.
The non-profit Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation lobbied for the bill, noting that the United States could not condemn other nations for allowing the consumption of dogs and cats while the practice was still legal inside America’s borders.
“I am overjoyed at the passage of H.R.6720. This is a major victory for the animals, and will work to assist those in other countries leading the way to fight against and liberate those victimized by the dog and cat meat trade,” said AHWF founder Marc Ching.
The Humane Society of the United States also praised the bill’s passing, tweeting the legislation will “keep this brutal industry from taking hold in the U.S.”
The bill will move to the Senate for approval, then on to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.