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Politics House unanimously passes bipartisan bill to make animal cruelty a federal crime

02:40  24 october  2019
02:40  24 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to make acts of animal cruelty a federal crime . The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was unanimously passed "This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals ," Deutch said in a statement.

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would make certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act bans extremely abusive acts of animal abuse, such as crushing, and continues the criminalization of

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to make acts of animal cruelty a federal crime.

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The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was unanimously passed Tuesday, expanding a prior law that criminalized the creation and distribution of "obscene" videos of animal abuse. The law, however, did not prohibit acts of violence toward animals itself.

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The House unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act on Tuesday afternoon, which criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty . The PACT Act would make it a federal crime for "any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is

On Tuesday, the U.S. house voted to pass the PACT Act, a bill dedicated to making the “the worst and most malicious acts of animal cruelty , including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating This law helps to protect animals from unspeakable crimes , but left a loophole: Federal prosecutors can

Introduced by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) in the House, the law would make it a federal crime for "any person to intentionally engage" in animal cruelty, including burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise injuring "non-mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians," per a fact sheet provided by Rep. Deutch's office.

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Most animal cruelty isn’t a federal crime . The House just passed a bill to change that. Many acts of animal cruelty are closer to becoming federal felonies after the House of Representatives’ unanimous passage The bipartisan Act, introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and

If the bill passes , authorities can go after the wrongdoers because they have federal jurisdiction. They can also prosecute criminals if the cruelty occurs on "We've acted in the past to stop the horrific trend of animal abuse videos; now it's time to make the underlying acts of cruelty a crime as well."

"This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals," Deutch said in a statement. "We’ve received support from so many Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum. Animal rights activists have stood up for living things that do not have a voice."

Animal rights groups such as the ASPCA praised the passage of the act.

"With the House passage of the PACT Act, we are one step closer to a federal law protecting animals from one of the most brutal acts of cruelty, and we thank Representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan for introducing this bill as well as their continued leadership on animal protection," said Richard Patch, ASPCA's vice president of federal affairs, in a statement to USA TODAY.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: House unanimously passes bipartisan bill to make animal cruelty a federal crime

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