Another massive win for the animal kingdom after The House Of Representatives passed a bill which ensures animal cruelty will be punished as a federal felony.
The bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which was introduced by Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., would outlaw a form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where people maim and torture animals.
Other acts considered as torture are Burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling etc.
There are now no loopholes left open thanks to The PACT Act, according to Deutch.
The U.S. House just passed the #PACT Act, legislation that I introduced with my colleague @RepTedDeutch to criminalize animal abuse. This important piece of legislation would make animal cruelty a federal offense. Great news for my fellow animal lovers! pic.twitter.com/fK4qAppXnK
— Rep. Vern Buchanan (@VernBuchanan) October 22, 2019
“Today’s vote is a significant milestone in the bipartisan quest to end animal abuse and protect our pets,” Deutch said. “This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals.”
He added, “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.”
Buchanan said, “The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Special thank you to all the animal lovers everywhere who know this is simply the right thing to do.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) October 22, 2019
“Passing the PACT Act sends a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated,” he added.
Once this bill comes into effect, if you are found to be guilty of animal torture you could face up to seven years in jail.
“Most people are shocked to know that the U.S. does not have a federal animal cruelty law,” Animal Wellness Foundation Director of Federal Affairs Holly Gann said. “Enacting this bill sends a signal that our nation has no tolerance for intentional cruelty toward animals.”
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