The US House of Representatives Has Passed a Bill to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Felony

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By Kendall Curley    October 23, 2019 at 06:52PM

Back in January of 2019, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. proposed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act to the US House of Representatives.

 

On October 22, 2019, the House unanimously passed the PACT Act, and it is now headed to the Senate to hopefully be passed and turned into law.

 

The PACT Act would make acts of animal cruelty—such as the crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise subjecting of an animal to bodily harm—into a federal felony. If convicted of an animal cruelty act, a guilty party could face felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison.

 

According to 7 News Miami, “If passed, the bill would also close a loophole in a 2010 law that currently only punishes abuse seen in videos.”

 

In a press release on his website, Congressmen Ted Deutch is quoted as saying, “Today’s vote is a significant milestone in the bipartisan quest to end animal abuse and protect our pets. This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals. We’ve received support from so many Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum. Animal rights activists have stood up for living things that do not have a voice.”

 

This a big step forward for animal rights and an exciting day for animal lovers.

 

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