The International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats, by the World Dog Alliance (WDA), has received widespread support from the US, the UK, Japan, Norway, and Sweden. As a prominent nation in the European Union, Germany is also ready to promote the International Agreement this fall.
The German Bundestag has had a new composition since last year’s election when the long-ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) stepped down. A coalition government was formed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Green Party, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). In the new government, the Minister of Food and Agriculture and the Minister of Foreign Affairs come from the Green Party. A party that has always been the most animal-friendly party. Offering an excellent opportunity for the WDA to promote the International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats in Germany.
The WDA has contacted the Green Party’s animal welfare spokesperson, Zoe Mayer, who was elected to the Bundestag last year. Mayer has expressed her support for the International Agreement and promised to bring the issue to discussions with the party. The WDA also contacted the FDP and met with a member of the Bundestag, Ingo Bodtke, to gain his support. Of the three ruling parties in Germany, the WDA has gained the support of two of them and will seek the support of the SDP, the largest party in parliament, in the future.
On February 7, 2020, 30 US Congressmen sent a letter to then-President Donald Trump, asking him to initiate the International Agreement. On March 2 and November 24, 67 lawmakers from the UK and 34 from Japan signed a letter to their heads of government, demonstrating their support for the International Agreement. In 2021, four Norwegian MPs signed a similar letter to their Prime Minister. This year, lawmakers in the US and Japan have again sent a letter to their heads of government. The two countries continue to persist in their efforts to promote the International Agreement.