The U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Making Animal Cruelty A Federal Crime

The U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Making Animal Cruelty A Federal Crime

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, or PACT Act, was passed on Tuesday afternoon and is now headed to President Trump’s Desk.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, namely PACT Act, on Tuesday afternoon. This act makes certain kinds of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, and Senator Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, has been sent to President Trump's desk for his sign off. "Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer," said Toomey according to ABC News. "Evidence shows that the deranged individuals who harm animals often move on to committing acts of violence against people. It is appropriate that the federal government have strong animal cruelty laws and penalties."


If signed by the President, the PACT Act, which is an expansion of the previously introduced law passed in 2010, will become a federal law. Previously, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act merely made the creation and distribution of animal abuse videos illegal. The other acts of brutality performed against non-humans featured on videos were not addressed at the time. This act seals all loopholes with regard to the definitions of crime. The penalties have also been increased for individuals who are seen torturing, crushing and suffocating animals, according to Fox News.


There is no place in a civilized society for maiming and torturing animals - period, wrote Blumenthal on Twitter. Senator Toomey and I have spent years working to hold the barbaric individuals who commit these crimes accountable, and I'm glad that Congress is now finally sending our bill to the president's desk to be signed into law." According to a fact sheet of the bill, "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," will be considered a federal crime.


The bill, passed by the House of Representatives last month, will not be applied to people who slaughter/farm animals for the purpose of consumption or those who trap, hunt, and fish. It is limited to interstate commerce and federal property and will not in any way impede local animal cruelty laws or enforcement. If the bill becomes a law, it will prohibit some forms of animal cruelty, including impaling and sexual exploitation. If convicted of animal brutality, one would face federal felony charges, including fines and up to seven years in prison. "Protecting animals from cruelty is a top priority for me and I will continue to work with Congressman Deutch to get this important bill signed into law," said Republican Vern Buchanan last month.


"The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law," added Buchanan according to CNN. "Passing the PACT Act sends a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated." The act will allow authorities to go after animal abusers as they would have federal jurisdiction in the matter and wouldn't be bound by state laws, according to Fox News. If the cruelty occurs on federal property, they would have the power to prosecute those criminals as well. "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," added, Democrat Ted Deutch in a statement when the House passed the bill. "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." 


Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.

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