Letters to the Editor

Hastings a champion

Every year in China and other countries, dog meat traders snatch millions of dogs and cats from the streets or from their human families and transport them in horrific conditions to slaughterhouses. Animal advocates around the world, including many in China, have an ally: Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, of Florida.

Rep. Hastings is a tireless champion for the dogs and cats affected by this cruel trade. His resolution condemning the annual “dog meat festival” in June in Yulin, China, has attracted 165 bipartisan cosponsors. He invited Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, also of Florida, to join him in introducing another resolution to condemn this practice globally and to co-lead the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act — HR 1406 — to keep this industry from taking hold in the United States and show support for those seeking similar bans worldwide. He also has written to President Trump and other officials here and abroad urging action to end the atrocity.

Floridians should be proud of Hastings’ work to address animal suffering. He has long been a voice for wildlife protection, and now he’s a leading light to protect the world’s dogs and cats.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States,

Washington, D.C.