Published: Wed, November 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

President Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

President Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

Monday's presidential signing of a federal law banning animal cruelty is a win for two Florida lawmakers.

"We're thrilled to see the first anti-cruelty statute in American history signed into law and applaud President Trump and the Congress for providing the voiceless with a level of protection never seen before", said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action. The PACT Act now closes this loophole by prohibiting any extreme cases of animal abuse that results in serious bodily injury or death, whether or not a video is created. They have seen first hand how abuse and neglect can impact animal's lives.

The horse named Trigger was seized by law enforcement and is being taken care of by animal welfare officers. "Prevention of animal cruelty and torture will help define us as a society and it is altogether fitting that Congress make this a national priority".

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Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, one of its cosponsors, said Monday that '[t] he torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Violators can face a prison term of up to seven years, a fine, or both. Under the PACT Act, a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating or impaling animals or sexually exploiting them with or without video of the act. "There is a documented link between violence toward animals and violence toward people, which is why laws such as the PACT Act are so critical for our society. And I give you the same answer: because Trump wasn't president", Trump said to reported laughter inside the Oval Office. Signing this bill into law is a significant milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country'.

Federal prosecutors have brought cases against producers of "crush" videos in the nine years since President Barack Obama signed the original bill into law. We believe helping animals helps us all. It is appropriate that the federal government have strong animal cruelty laws and penalties.

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