A New Bill Could Make Animal Cruelty a Felony

I feel weird sharing this stuff because I love animals and hate acknowledging that they are harmed at all. Sadly, we all know the truth (especially after recent, horrible events in Bakersfield) about what happens to them. It's heartbreaking to know that terrible acts happen.  A new bill, however, has been introduced and could lead to animal cruelty being considered a federal felony.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch, D-West Boca, and Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, addresses “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals” as well as sexually exploiting them. Those convicted of the crime could face up to seven years in prison.

“The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Buchanan said as the bill was reintroduced Wednesday.

Deutch called the effort “commonsense, bipartisan legislation to bring some compassion to our animal laws," noting that a 2010 law aimed at stopping animal “crush” videos — which showed animals being subjected to mutilation — did not go far enough.


The bill contains exceptions for normal veterinary care, hunting and conduct necessary to protect life or property from a serious threat caused by an animal.

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