The law is messy in this area but in general it is legal for a person to kill their cat and eat him/her. Or it might be an unowned cat.
It is illegal for commercial enterprises (slaughter houses) to kill cats and dogs. But things are going to change I hear from the Bloomberg website. I can hear people thinking ‘and about time too!’
At present in the US some people do eat cat meat as they do in China and Vietnam. It is rare but it happens and it’s legal. Bloomberg says that it occurs among some immigrant groups. They probably mean Chinese or Vietnamese immigrants.
So, great news. It’s going to stop provided the law making process proceeds as intended. Violators on conviction can be fined and sent to prison for a year.
The Humane Society of the United States has been campaigning on this for a while.
The law will be introduced by an amendment to the existing Animal Welfare Act (I don’t have the date of this particular act, sorry). The amendment bans people from ‘knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption’.
The proposer of the amendment is the Republican Representative Jeff Denham of California. California are debating banning cat declawing and 8 cities already ban declawing. They are into animal welfare and lead the country in this area of the law.