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New Law Finally Makes Animal Cruelty A Federal Felony In The US

New Law Finally Makes Animal Cruelty A Federal Felony In The US

"Why hasn't this happened a long time ago? It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty," Trump said.

President Donald Trump has signed a bill on Monday that makes animal cruelty a federal felony, reported ABC News. While making animal cruelty a federal felony, Trump said that this measure would help us to become "more responsible and humane stewards of our planet."

The PACT Act, which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture was signed by the President in White House where he said he was pleased to approve the legislation.  

 



 

 

The act was also passed unanimously by the Senate earlier this month that expands on a previous law that was passed in 2010. The President said that his reaction to this bill was similar to the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act he had signed earlier.

He said, "Why hasn't this happened a long time ago? It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty."

 

 



 

 

Previously, the Federal law only prohibited animal fighting and only criminalized animal cruelty if the responsible person creates and sell videos depicting the act. But, from now on, under the PACT Act, if a person is caught crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating or impaling animals or sexually exploiting them, they will be prosecuted.

If convicted of their crimes, the guilty will be charged with a federal felony, fined, and will face up to seven years in prison. 



 

 

As of now, all 50 states have laws on their books against animal cruelty at the state level and with the President's approval, federal authorities have all the right to go after the wrongdoers since they will be backed by federal jurisdiction and will not be bound by state laws.

Along with this, they can also prosecute criminals if the cruelty occurs on federal property. This legislation contains everything except for hunting, which is supported and backed by the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the National Sheriffs' Association and the Fraternal Order of Police. 



 

 

In an earlier statement, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa said, "Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer. Evidence shows that deranged individuals who harm animals often move on to committing acts of violence against people. It is appropriate that the federal government has strong animal cruelty laws and penalties."

The bill was introduced by Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. When the White House finally passed the bill, Deutch said, "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." 

 



 

 

CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Kitty Block said, "PACT makes a statement about American values. Animals are deserving of protection at the highest level. The approval of this measure by the Congress and the president marks a new era in the codification of kindness to animals within federal law. For decades, a national anti-cruelty law was a dream for animal protectionists. Today, it is a reality."  

 



 

 

Sara Amundson, head of the Humane Society Legislative Fund said, "After decades of work to protect animals and bearing witness to some of the worst cruelty, it’s so gratifying the Congress and president unanimously agreed that it was time to close the gap in the law and make malicious animal cruelty within federal jurisdiction a felony. We cannot change the horrors of what animals have endured in the past, but we can crack down on these crimes moving forward. This is a day to celebrate."

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