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Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act Closer to Becoming Law


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The Senate has now unanimously passed a bill that supports animal cruelty as a federal felony called The PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture. The bipartisan legislation, passed the House in October expands a previous law passed in 2010 and closes various loopholes and factors that weren’t a consideration nine years ago. Like lots of laws, once passed there were indeed unintended loopholes and that turns out to be the case regarding animal cruelty, which is now by definition a felony. The problem is  interstate distribution of animal fighting videos or other materials, until now, skirted the law.

U.S. Representative Rep. Dan Lipinkski (D-IL-03) co-sponsored and helped to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act of 2019, H.R. 724 talks to me HERE  on my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN show. 

So, put simply, animal abuse is now always a Federal crime. “I thought it was important that we pass a Federal law,” Lipinski tells me. Under the PACT Act, a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating or impaling animals or sexually exploiting them. Those convicted would face federal felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison.

Lipinski also noted that he understand when people are violent to animals they are likely to repeat that violence to humans.

President Trump still needs to sign it.

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