Name: Prohibition on the Purchase of Dogs and Cats from Wet Markets in China Using Federal Funds
Bill Number: S 3628
A new bill introduced in the Senate, S 3628, would prohibit the federal government or any federal grant recipient from using federal funds to purchase live animals, animal parts or animal products from sources that do not regulate sanitation or provide health inspection processes that meet U.S. standards.
This bill was introduced following the revelation by animal advocates at the White Coat Waste Project that federal monies had been spent by the U.S Department of Agriculture to procure cat and dog parts from Chinese live wildlife (“wet”) markets for experiments in which cat parts were fed to kittens as part of a cannibalism experiment.
This new bill, sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst, would ensure that no federal funds are spent by any federal agency to support Chinese wet markets or to conduct experiments using animals or body parts from abused and sick animals who come from these marketplaces.
It is widely understood that the current COVID-19 global pandemic had its origins in one such market. With the world reeling from the effects of this global pandemic, the U.S. should play no role in funding the operation of these markets. Please help put an end to this horrific sourcing of animals for research.
This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 6, but no further actions were taken.
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Support a Ban on Federal Funding of Animal Purchases from Chinese Wet Markets
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to you in support of S 3628, which would prohibit the federal government or any federal grant recipient from using federal funds to purchase live animals, animal parts or animal products from a source that does not regulate sanitation or provide a health inspection process that meetings U.S. standards. Evidence came to light during an investigation into kitten slaughterhouses last year that body parts from dogs and cats were being brought into the U.S. from so-called "wet" markets in China, to be used by researchers despite the inhumane and unethical manner in which they were being used--including feeding cat parts to kittens. Live dogs, cats and other animals were also imported from China's wet markets on behalf of federal agencies and recipients of federal grants. It is widely understood that the current COVID-19 global pandemic had its origins in one such wet market.At a time when the entire world is reeling from the effects of the inhumane and unregulated nature of these wet markets, I hope that you will support a ban on enriching China's markets at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]