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In 2018, the animal crimes team at the Humane Society fielded an average of 400 reports a month about cases involving cruelty, fighting, puppy mills and more. Good news for thos poor animals that are treated with cruelty across America! Today the House has unanimously passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.
The PACT Act (which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture) was approved by the House on Tuesday. The bipartisan act, introduced by Florida congressmen Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan, will revise a previous law passed in 2010.
The purpose of the PACT Act is to strengthen the 2010 law that makes the depiction of animal cruelty a crime, but allows the cruelty itself to go unpunished. The PACT Act would make it a federal crime for “any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is in, substantially affects, or uses a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce.”
The PACT Act specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals among other things. It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.
Animal cruelty is unacceptable in our society, and this legislation is long overdue.