Animal Cruelty Bill Approved by Congress
Eureka! Congress actually did something!
U.S. Representatives passed a bill Tuesday making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony.
The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called “animal crushing” videos illegal by making the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime.
Florida Reps. Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan sponsored the bill. Deutch, a Democrat, said it “sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals” and noted that the bill was received overwhelming support from both parties.
Buchanan, a Republican, said, “the torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.
The bill was met with praise and unanimous support from animal lovers and activists alike.
“We as a nation should have no tolerance for animal abuse, and the PACT Act will allow federal authorities to stop heinous crimes when they occur on the federal level,” Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at the advocacy group Animal Wellness Action, said in a statement.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who shepherded the bill with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called it a major victory to stop animal cruelty and make communities safer.
“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,’ Toomey said in a statement.
“There’s no place in a civilized society for maiming and torturing animals— period,” Blumenthal added.
Score one for the animals!
WIBC host Tony Katz commented on the bill Thursday morning.