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Oregon Members of Congress Ask Mike Pompeo to Discourage Consumption of Dog and Cat Meat in Asian Countries

June 27, 2019
In The News

Three Oregon members of Congress are part of a group asking U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to urge key allies to halt the consumption of cats and dogs as he travels through the Middle East and Asia this week.

U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Peter Defazio (all D-Ore.) along with 32 other members of Congress, signed a June 19 letter to Pompeo that states "no matter where you live, animal cruelty and the dog and cat meat trade are simply unacceptable."

The Humane Society International says that 30 million dogs and 10 million cats are killed for their meat each year in Asia. The letter focuses on China, South Korea and Vietnam, and asks that Pompeo push for the  cancellation of this year's Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, Guangxi China, which started last Friday, June 21, and is scheduled to end June 30.