PHILADELPHIA, June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Yuri" the Jindo (pictured) was rescued along with her sisters from a warehouse on Orthodox Street in Philadelphia. They were raised and intended to be slaughtered for their meat. As shocking as it is to Pennsylvania residents, killing a dog or cat for the purpose of human consumption is perfectly legal. Supporters of House Bill 1750 hope to halt this grisly practice by banning the breeding and selling, the processing and transporting, of dogs and cats for human consumption. Senator John Maher, a sponsor of House Bill 1750 and one of the strongest advocates for animals in Pennsylvania's General Assemble, explained "Slaughtering cats and dogs for human consumption is legal in Pennsylvania. Authorities are powerless to act even if they see carcasses on butcher hooks. It should be a crime!" Animal lovers will have to act fast though if they want to protect the dogs and cats of the Commonwealth. They will need to contact their local legislators in the next few days (June 28, 29 & 30) and urge them to support HB 1750.
The bill also protects live animals used for target practice or in trap shoots. Some of the saddest cases of animal rescue are dogs and cats who have been used as live targets for cruel entertainment. Main Line Animal Rescue recently rescued "Tucker" a black Labrador Retriever from an Amish dog breeder in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The breeder's sons tethered Tucker and supposedly used him for target practice. The dog came to MLAR with buckshot wounds all over his body and required extensive medical care. Senator Maher stated Thursday "Contests to see who can blow off a paw, shoot off an ear, blind and torture animals as sadistic forms of entertainment must be outlawed." House Bill 1750 will ban the use of dogs or cats, or other live animals or fowl for trap or block shoots if the animal is tethered or otherwise impaired from ordinary movement.
Main Line Animal Rescue urges residents of Pennsylvania to contact their state legislators and urge them to support House Bill 1750. Sessions of the Senate will continue throughout the weekend (June 28, 29) and a full vote of the General Assemble is scheduled for Monday, June 30th. Your state senator and representatives as well as their contact info can be found by visiting: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/
SOURCE Main Line Animal Rescue