Eating dogs and cats may be a practice that causes outrage in the U.S. but you might be surprised to discover that not all states have specific laws banning the practice. Now, Hawaii wants to ensure that the practice of eating pets is explicitly outlawed throughout the state. While most states have animal cruelty laws that protect animals from cruel methods used in slaughtering as well as abuse, some states feel that it is time for specific legislation with wording making it a crime to eat dogs and cats.
On March 14, 2014, the NY Post wrote a piece about a recent, hearing that took place in Hawaii in order to protect pets from being killed, cooked and eaten. The bill currently under review is SB 2026.
According to the NY Post report, the Hawaiian branch of the Humane Society states they receive multiple reports of dogs and cats being eaten in the state each year. The report states, “The Humane Society of the United States says dog slaughter for human consumption is happening across Hawaii. The group receives at least two reports a year of dogs or cats being slaughtered for food, but it says it’s hard for law enforcement to catch animal slaughterers.”
While the prohibition of eating dogs and cats may not be currently expressed in written legislation, the practice tends to fall under animal cruelty laws.
You may find animal cruelty laws for your state at the Animal Legal and Historical Center here.
Warning! The above photo slideshow looks at the Korean practice of eating dog meat and contains graphic and sensitive photos of workers slaughtering and preparing dogs for the meat industry.