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House passes PACT Act to make animal cruelty a federal felony

Animal cruelty
Posted at 10:50 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 10:50:27-04

House lawmakers have passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.

The so-called PACT Act specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things. It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.

But according to its co-sponsor, Republican Florida Congressman Vern Buchanan, it would also close a big loophole. His office says the bill would specifically ban animal cruelty recorded on video.

Previous laws have de-legalized creating and selling those videos, but not the acts of cruelty in them.

Another co-sponsor of the bill, Democrat Ted Deutch, says the legislation sends a clear message that our society does not accept animal cruelty.

Violations of the bill could lead to prison for up to seven years.