House lawmakers pass bill making animal cruelty a federal felony

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Justice was found severely burned in Shelby County in May 2019 (Photo courtesy of the Shelby County Animal Shelter)

WASHINGTON DC – House lawmakers passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.

The so-called “PACT act” specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things.

It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.

According to its co-sponsor, Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan, it would also close a big loophole.

His office says the bill would specifically ban animal cruelty recorded on video.

Previous laws made it illegal to create and sell those videos, but it didn’t include the acts of cruelty in them.

Another co-sponsor of the bill, Democrat Ted Deutch, says the legislation sends a clear message that our society does not accept animal cruelty.

Violations of the bill could lead to prison for up to seven years.

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