Buchanan bill to ban cat and dog consumption passes House


SARASOTA – A bill sponsored by Suncoast Congressman Vern Buchanan to outlaw the slaughter of dogs and cats for meat consumption passed the U.S. House on Wednesday.

The practice is rare but remains legal in 44 states. Congressman Alcee Hastings is a co–chair of the Florida delegation with Buchanan and co–sponsored the bill.

The Dog And Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act would amend the Federal Animal Welfare Act to reflect the ban.

Buchanan said in a statement, “dogs and cats provide love and companionship for millions of people and should not be slaughtered and sold as food.”

The bill is also backed the U.S. Humane Society And Animal Wellness Action.


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Grant Boxleitner is the SNN evening news anchor. He joined the SNN news team in October 2009 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Boxleitner covered the British tourist murders, a story that made international headlines. He was a member of the SNN reporting team that won a Telly Award for the 10th anniversary 9/11 special about the Suncoast’s connections to the terrorist attacks. He also covered 2012 visits to Sarasota by Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden. Boxleitner was named co-anchor of the SNN Morning Edition in March 2014. He anchored SNN's live 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary coverage and anchored coverage of live speeches from the candidates throughout the campaign. In March 2016, he was named SNN evening news anchor. He hosts the weekly SNN feature segment, "Feel Good Friday." You hear his voice at Ed Smith Stadium as the public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles spring training games. Boxleitner has been a journalist in Southwest Florida since 1997. He joined WBBH-TV NBC-2 in Fort Myers as a reporter in September 2006, fulfilling a longtime career goal of breaking into television news after beginning his career in newspapers. Boxleitner grew up in Marengo, Ill., and is a U.S. Army veteran, completing a combat mission during Desert Storm. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and political science from Northern Illinois University. During his time in Florida, he completed a master’s degree in media and journalism studies at USF-St. Petersburg. When he’s not on the air, you may find him working out at the YMCA, eating in a Suncoast restaurant or spending time with family and friends.


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