United States Code

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§ 2160.
Prohibition on slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption
In general
Except as provided in subsection (c), no person may—
knowingly slaughter a dog or cat for human consumption; or
knowingly ship, transport, move, deliver, receive, possess, purchase, sell, or donate—
a dog or cat to be slaughtered for human consumption; or
a dog or cat part for human consumption.
Subsection (a) shall apply only with respect to conduct—
in or affecting interstate commerce or foreign commerce; or
within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
Exception for Indian tribes

The prohibition in subsection (a) shall not apply to an Indian (as defined in section 5304 of title 25) carrying out any activity described in subsection (a) for the purpose of a religious ceremony.


Any person who violates subsection (a) shall be subject to a fine in an amount not greater than $5,000 for each violation.

Effect on State law
Nothing in this section—
limits any State or local law or regulation protecting the welfare of animals; or
prevents a State or unit of local government from adopting and enforcing an animal welfare law or regulation that is more stringent than this section.
(Pub. L. 115–334, title XII, § 12515, Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 5000.)
cite as: 7 USC 2160