34 congresspeople of the Cross-party Congressional Animal Welfare Alliance will soon submit a joint letter to Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, urging the government to initiate the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats.
Congressman Hidehisa Otsuji, chairman of the Cross-party Congressional Animal Welfare Alliance, points out that the World Dog Alliance (WDA) is campaigning for the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats on a global scale. He believes by initiating the International Agreement, Japan can send a clear message to the world that all nations should work together to stop the consumption of dog and cat meat.
The letter highlights the effort made by politicians in the United States and United Kingdom for the very same cause; the Japanese government should pull ahead on the International Agreement to show its leading role in animal welfare.
The Cross-party Congressional Animal Welfare Alliance was set up in February 2020 by cross-party members of the National Diet of Japan. Currently over 50 congresspeople have joined the alliance.