US Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

02:50  26 november  2019
02:50  26 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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The Senate has approved a bill to make severe animal cruelty and torture a federal crime . With the House having passed an identical version of the bill last month, the measure now goes to President Trump , who is expected to sign it into law.

In a rare display of political unity, President Trump on Monday signed a bipartisan bill that, for the first time, makes acts of animal cruelty a federal crime punishable with fines and up to seven years in prison.

President Trump signed a bill into law Monday establishing animal cruelty as a federal crime after the measure passed with bipartisan support through Congress.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime© The Hill Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

A statement from the White House press office Monday evening confirmed that the president had signed the bill, which specifically codifies so-called "animal crushing" as a federal offense punishable with a fine and up to seven years in prison.

The now-passed Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) law defines the term as any act where an animal "is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury."

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Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. If the president signs it, it will become a federal law. "There is no place in a civilized society for maiming and It would make it a federal crime for "any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or

But Congress failed to make it a federal crime at the time, even in cases “This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals ,” Representative Ted Deutch Now, federal authorities will have approval to go after wrongdoers if the bill is signed by Mr. Trump .

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was a vocal supporter of the bill as it passed through the House, tweeting in support of the measure after it had previously passed the Senate with similar bipartisan support.

"Today, I was honored to sign @RepTedDeutch's #PACTAct to make animal cruelty a federal offense," she tweeted earlier in November. "Our furry friends, Milo and Prudence, were on hand to help me enroll this bipartisan legislation that will now go to the President's desk!"

The White House also said Monday that Trump had signed into a law an act requiring the Treasury Department to mint coins in honor of the women's Suffrage movement, which won the right to vote for women in the U.S.

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