Pennsylvania Moves to Outlaw Raising Dogs for Meat at Home
Obvious..that is the only word I can think of when it comes to how wrong it is for dogs … or horses … to be used as food. And …Disgusting. These are our trusted companions – we can trust them for the unconditional love we need but can they trust us? ~ HfH Web Mistress
By: Chris Hall
If you’ve ever worked in a law office, however briefly, it can be overwhelming to go into the library and realize just how many trees die on an annual basis to record the laws, ordinances, regulations, statutes, and rulings that keep our society going. Lawyers can obsess over minutiae even more than editors, which is saying something. I used to do legal proofreading, which required me to learn the worst traits of both professions without the comfort of owning so much as a Mercedes or BMW to make up for the complete obliteration of my soul.
Bitterness about my former career paths aside, the point is that there are a lot of laws out there. And even though the sheer number of them is amazing, it’s sometimes even more amazing how many laws that should be there in fact are not.
Take Pennsylvania, for example. The Keystone State has apparently just discovered that at some point, it neglected to outlaw breeding of cats and dogs to be slaughtered as food. Lawmakers are on it, though; just before Thanksgiving, the Pennsylvania Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would make it illegal to breed, process, slaughter, or sell dogs or cats for human consumption.
The law closes a rather strange loophole that is actually more common in the United States than one might think. Federal food safety law makes it illegal for slaughterhouses to process dogs and cats. That takes care of where the vast majority of Americans get their meat. It does not, however, cover home meat-slaughtering operations. If you want to set up some cages in your garage, basement, or back yard to raise dogs as food, everything’s okay — or at least legal.
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