Legislature Looking at Banning “Consumption of Companion Animals”

I can only guess that this law is being brought forth because of the golf course incident where the guys stole the dog so that they could eat it.

Saturnino Palting, 48, pictured on the right, and Nelson Domingo, 53, left, both of Kalihi

Saturnino Palting, 48, pictured on the right, and Nelson Domingo, 53, left, both of Kalihi. *Smuck Award Winners

Senators Gabbard, Chun Oakland and Espero have introduced Senate Bill 232.

The legislature finds that the consumption of companion animals is inhumane and an offense against the public order.  The purpose of this Act is to prevent companion animals from being consumed as human food.

SECTION 2.  Section 711-1109, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

§711-1109  Cruelty to animals in the second degree. (1)  A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals in the second degree if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

(a)   Overdrives, overloads, tortures, torments, beats, causes substantial bodily injury, or starves any animal, or causes the overdriving, overloading, torture, torment, beating, or starving of any animal, or deprives a pet animal of necessary sustenance or causes such deprivation;

(b)   Mutilates, poisons, or kills without need any animal other than insects, vermin, or other pests;

(c)   Keeps, uses, or in any way is connected with or interested in the management of, or receives money for the admission of any person to, any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, cock, or other animal, and every person who encourages, aids, or assists therein, or who permits or suffers any place to be so kept or used;

(d)   Carries or causes to be carried, in or upon any vehicle or other conveyance, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner; [or]

(e)   Possesses, sells, purchases, gives away, receives, imports, or exports any live companion animal or carcass of a companion animal for the purpose of using any portion of the live companion animal or its carcass for human food; or

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  1. My neighbors once gave a puppy to this nice Vietnamese family next door…when they went around to check on it a few weeks later, they asked “how’s the puppy” ,and the family responded “it was good, thanks so much!”. Family had to go to court and the judge just told them that eating dogs wasn’t allowed in the US….

    Other cultures, espeically some in Asia, think nothing of eating what we would call ‘domestic animals’ here in the States.

    When I lived in Guandong (Canton), China the standard joke was: question – ‘What is the only thing with legs that a Cantonese person won’t eat? ……..answer – “The table”.

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