President Signs Bill Making Animal Cruelty A Federal Crime

The bipartisan bill PACT will make certain acts of cruelty a federal crime.

November 26, 2019
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When I read that this bill was passed by Congress I was so happy and prayed that President Trump would then sign it into law. Prayers answered.

President Trump has signed a bipartisan bill on Monday that makes certain acts of animal cruelty can be charged as a federal felony, saying it’s important for the nation to combat “heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty.”

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) prohibits extreme acts of cruelty, including intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impalement, carried out against "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians."

While animal cruelty is a crime in all 50 states, animal activists claim the new law will make it easier for the federal government to prosecute those who carry out the abuse. The bill signed by Trump makes animal cruelty punishable by a fine, up to seven years in prison or both. Good!

The new legislation strengthens a 2010 law called the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made the creation, sale and distribution of videos depicting extreme acts of animal cruelty a federal crime. PACT now closes a gap in the law by allowing federal authorities to prosecute individuals that are filmed abusing animals, regardless of whether they were the ones to create the video, according to The Humane Society.

Congratulations to our legislators who worked together to push this through to law. Beginning with a pair of congressman from Florida, Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., introduced the bipartisan initiation to the House.  Then it was Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., who worked together to push the bill through the Senate and onto Trump’s desk. And thank you President Trump for signing the bill. 

As the President said in the video signing this important bill, "...we have the responsibility to honor the dignity of God's creation; with today's act we take the critical step toward being more responsible and humane stewards of our planet and all who we want to cherish, take care of and live on it." Amen to that! ~grace