On September 14th 2016, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings hosted a briefing in Washington D.C. to pass crucial legislation in order to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China and across Asia.

Joining Hastings at the briefing were; Dr. Peter Li, China Policy Advisor at Humane Society International and Associate Professor at East Asian Politics of the University of Houston-Downton, Andrea Gung, Executive Director and Founder of Duo Duo – Compassion Beyond Borders, Marc Ching, Founder of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, and Valarie Ianniello, Director of Operations of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, as well as Lisa Vanderpump and John Sessa of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

The group of advocates are fighting hard to end the horrific dog meat industry. They presented House Resolution 752 to end China’s dog meat festival to a room full of lawmakers and animal advocates.

Following the presentation, Marc Ching, Valarie Ianniello, Katie Cleary and attorney Nick Sackett, held a meeting with congressman Hastings in D.C. to discuss the U.S. Anti-Dog & Cat meat bill that they are currently working on, presented by the legislative group, Social Compassion in Legislation.