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Sale of trafficking of dog and cat meat awaits House Ag hearing

Puppy with toy
Puppy with toy
Liz Rizzo

In an interview with Inga Gibson,Hawaii Senior State Director, State Affairs for HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) she reported the progress of animal bills introduced to the legislature.

SB2026; to explicitly prohibit the sale or trafficking of dog or cat meat awaits a hearing in the House Agriculture and Judiciary Committees.Stay tuned for hearing information and please plan to bring your dog to the next hearing to show your support for protecting pets (who are often lost or stolen dogs) from this cruel practice. Read more about our international efforts on this issue and the public health concerns associated with the dog meat trade

The Wildlife Violator Compact bill, to prevent poachers from seeking safe haven in Hawaii, and a measure to strengthen protections for Manta Rays also await final votes in the House before crossing over to the Senate for further consideration. A Resolution has also been introduced to expand the use of humane bird birth-control to feral fowl and other bird species who are killed by the tens of thousands every year. I will keep you posted as these measures move forward.

Unfortunately, a bill to prohibit the unregulated sale of pets on roadsides failed to meet legislative deadlines. They will be back again next session as Hawaii still has no laws that regulate pet sales, pet stores or large-scale breeders who all too often put profit over welfare.

Inga Gibson

Hawaii Senior State Director, State Affairs

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