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US House Passes Bill to Make Animal Abuse a Federal Felony

Bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act passes unanimously

 on 24th October 2019 @ 1.00pm
the bipartisan animal cruelty bill was introduced by reps  ted deutch  d fl  and vern buchanan  r fl © press
The bipartisan animal cruelty bill was introduced by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

The US House of Representatives has passed a new bipartisan bill to make animal abuse a federal felony.

The bill will ensure serious consequences for people found guilty of animal cruelty offenses and was unanimously passed in the House on Tuesday.

The bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was introduced by Florida Reps. Vern Buchanan (R) and Ted Deutch (D).

PACT will outlaw “crushing” - a form of animal abuse where people maim and torture animals.

Other forms of torture such as burning, drowning, suffocating, and impaling would also be banned.

According to a news release from Deutch’s office, Congress passed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act in 2010, making the creation and distribution of animal crushing videos illegal.

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PACT will outlaw 'crushing' - a form of animal abuse where people maim and torture animals

According to Fox News, the 2010 bill did not include the underlying acts of cruelty against animals, however.

Deutch said The PACT Act closes the loophole by banning certain cases of animal abuse.

"Today’s vote is a significant milestone in the bipartisan quest to end animal abuse and protect our pets,” Deutch said.

“This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals.”

He added, “I’m deeply thankful for all of the advocates who helped us pass this bill, and I look forward to the Senate’s swift passage and the president’s signature.”

Deutch also tweeted on Tuesday that the legislation “is a major step to end animal abuse and protect our pets.”

Buchanan said, “The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Passing the PACT Act sends a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated,” he added.

florida republican rep  vern buchanan said   the torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law © press
Florida Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan said, 'The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law'

If the bill becomes law, people found guilty of torturing animals would face felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison.

“Most people are shocked to know that the U.S. does not have a federal animal cruelty law,” Animal Wellness Foundation Director of Federal Affairs Holly Gann said.

“Enacting this bill sends a signal that our nation has no tolerance for intentional cruelty toward animals.”

The PACT Act would not interfere with local animal cruelty laws or enforcement, lawmakers said.

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