WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on Monday afternoon, making animal cruelty a federal felony.
- Known as the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act), it prohibits abusive behavior, including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling and other bodily injury toward any non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians.
- Those who will violate the PACT Act will be facing criminal penalties of a fine, a prison term of up to seven years, or both.
A bipartisan bill was signed into law on Monday afternoon, making animal cruelty a federal felony. President Donald Trump officially made the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT Act into law, which criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling and other bodily injury toward any non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians.
Introduced in January by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Rep. Vern Buchanan, (R-Fla.), the PACT Act expands the existing Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 which made the creation and distribution of “animal crushing” videos illegal. The office of Rep. Deutch says the new act closes a loophole by banning the underlying acts of animal abuse.
The Congressand the Senate did the same in November last year. President Trump made it official a few hours after welcoming Conan, the “ultimate dog” that helped the U.S. military bring down ISIS leader in Syria last month. The heroic animal was invited into the White House and in a Rose Garden ceremony.
Trump said, “It’s very fitting that it was on the same day” during the signing ceremony, adding that Conan “created quite a stir.”
Those who will violate the PACT Act will be facing criminal penalties of a fine, a prison term of up to seven years, or both.
In a statement sent to CBS News, Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at the Humane Rescue Alliance said: “This bill is particularly important to us as the only humane law enforcement agency in D.C. Our officers investigate thousands of animal cruelty cases each year, but have been unable to truly bring justice for the animals in instances when the cruelty occurs across multiple jurisdictions.”
“The PACT Act is a necessary tool for us to provide further protections for animals and our community, and will ensure some of the most horrific acts of animal cruelty are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Schindler added.
Source: CBS News