New Law Makes Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

Headline Roundup November 26th, 2019

President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan act on Monday to make animal cruelty a federal crime. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act also bans videos which show animal cruelty, but makes exceptions for hunting.

The act has been lauded by the Humane Society and Fraternal Order of Police, saying that federal law was necessary to prosecute interstate animal abusers. Some voices argue that the law is unneeded, as animal cruelty is already a felony in all 50 states.

New Law Makes Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

From the Left
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Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump signed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony on Monday, saying the measure would help us be "more responsible and humane stewards of our planet."

The PACT Act -- which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture -- was signed by the President at the White House, where he said he was "pleased" to approve the legislation. The bipartisan act, which passed the Senate earlier this month, expands a previous law passed in 2010.
Trump said he had the same reaction to the...

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From the Center
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Cruelty to animals is now a federal crime under a new law signed by President Trump on Monday.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) is a bipartisan initiative that bans the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impalement or other serious harm to "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians."

The law also bans "animal crush videos," meaning any photograph, motion picture film, video or digital recording or electronic image that depicts animal cruelty.

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From the Right
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President Trump on Monday signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, a new federal ban on animal cruelty.

The law will outlaw purposeful crushing, burning, drowning, suffocation, impalement or other violence causing “serious bodily injury” to animals.

Violations could result in a fine and up to seven years’ imprisonment.

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